So I sent it to a couple friends. They read it and loved the premise too, but agreed something was missing. I just hadn't nailed it yet.
We brainstormed and I couldn't stop thinking of the story for days, but then...I thought I figured it out!! THIS WAS IT, right? I wrote notes on my new thoughts. I outlined it and started a new document and copied and pasted different scenes together and then added in between (I've never written like that either!).
But then...I needed a break so I put it aside again. It was a hard decision because I feel for my main character and her story. The boy is sweet, cute and fun, but even though my heart was in it, my head wasn't. There is something to be said for not rushing. For setting books aside even for months because either you need it, or because it's the right thing to do for the book. I know I get that, now, now now mentality and it's not always smart. Some books it may work with and others it doesn't.
All in all it's been about a year and a half (maybe a bit less) since I started this book. At the beginning of this year, I decided it was time to pick it up again. I had already written half the book so I just needed to find the right words for the second half. I think it's important to write books that are a little different for you sometimes. There's a different kind of growth you get as a writer and I want to soak in all I can.
So I wrote it.
Sent to beta readers.
Sent it to my agent the ROCKSTAR, FABULOUS, Jane Dystel who sent it to my editor at Entangled Publishing, the ROCKSTAR, FABULOUS Stacy Abrams.
SHE BOUGHT IT!! All that work paid off. SEARCHING FOR BEAUTIFUL will be release early 2014 from Entangled Publishing. I hope you guys will love this story as much as I do.