Secret Agent Feedback

Pink Think: “If you don’t get feedback from your performers and your audience, you’re going to be working in a vacuum.” – Peter Maxwell Davies

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My latest article for the Deseret News ran in Friday’s sports section. Click here to read.

Last week, I entered the first 250 words to my historical novel Girl From Gurian in Miss Snark’s First Victim’s Secret Agent contest. Click here for my entry and blog-reader comments on it. The Secret Agent, unveiled today, was Jenny Rappaport of The Rappaport Agency!

Mine was one of 50 she critiqued. Although she said, “Alas, I am not hooked by this one,” she gave me “bonus points…for what is obviously a well-researched and unique setting for a novel.”

I had actually queried her agency two weeks ago, who declined my ms, but Jenny’s feedback on Miss Snark’s First Victim, albeit brief, was very helpful.

I left on my tough-skin, just “listening” to blog readers and resisting the urge to respond to some of the comments with “But…!” The favorable reviews buoyed me up and the criticisms opened my eyes. What an invaluable experience!

I have started my new fantasy novel, but will take some time to rework the first chapter of Girl From Gurian and query some more.

Update: Two versions of my Girl From Gurian query are up for critique on Writing On the Wall. If you have time, feel free to chime in!