I've been working on SPEED, trying to get the proposal as perfect as I can before sending to my agent. I am almost done with it and sent to a chapter mate for a cold read.
WOW. One, she caught a lot of stuff no one else did. Two, she made a simple suggestion that totally streamlined the first chapter. It was good before, it is darn near perfect now. It was just a simple switching of scenes. She told me that after the first four paragraphs, I should go to the second scene and then put the first scene second.
My mind was blown. Blown, I tell you.
Fresh eyes make a world of difference. Of course, she hasn't read the manuscript thing till her eyes were bleeding. She doesn't go to sleep with lines from the book repeating themselves over and over and over.
Welcome to my freakshow.
Hoping to get this out this week. As long as there are no kid issues, no parent issues and no work issues, I should be able to do it.
Wish me luck!