So, if you read last week’s post, you know that I’ve made some major decisions regarding the length and scope of the memoir manuscript. (If you haven’t read it, go do that and come back.)
OK. So, I give a vague outline there, but here’s more specifics of what I need to do:
- Write a new beginning/ending to the manuscript, reflecting the new scope and tone of the piece. Due date: July 9.
- Get out the drafted book proposal and print it out. There will be a Real Live Editor from a publishing house at the conference I’m attending in July, so I really hope to get to talk to her, and I’ll need this to show her (I think. Maybe not. But it can’t hurt to have it, right?) Due date: July 6.
- Go through my list of houses/agents and being to assemble the things I need for a query. This can be really complicated, actually. Some want them mailed, some want them emailed, and they all have a list of things they want in the “package.” Some houses don’t want to see the manuscript at all, and some want it completed (Hence item one on this list.) Due date: July 9.
These are the things I’m aiming to have done before I leave. When I come back, that will start the actual process of querying, which as I said before, is terrifying, but exciting (“excited and scared”, anyone?)