Well, after the angst and suffering of my last post, I broke through the wall and successfully continued the revising! If I'd known the only way to dislodge the fuzz in my brain was to publicly complain about how difficult the revisions were, I would have done it a long time ago. I'm now on Ch. 35 of 43. I have either cut or combined 6 chapters and I'm feeling good about things again. (and in case you were overcome with worry about how I handled the party invitation, I cut it and made the party a much smaller scene. I also trashed all the filler chapters. Why were they there in the first place? I don't know, but now they're gone forever. Whew. Now we can all rest easy.)
I hope to be done with these first round revisions by the end of this month. Then it's off to my team of trusted individuals for their brainpower and then I'll revise again based on their comments. After that, I expect to be agent ready and then the query process will begin. I have already selected the first 10 agents I want to query. In a perfect world, at least one of them will be chomping at the bit to snatch me up and then we'll wait for the inevitable book deal. If not, you'll have a lot of posts about rejection.
In the meantime, I've put another pot on the fire and have resurrected my picture book manuscript, PAJAMA GIRL. I read an article in the SCBWI Bulletin about MeeGenius. They publish picture books, in a digital format that can be read online or downloaded to your Iphone, Ipad, etc. Is this the wave of the future? Is it a fad? Is it career death or a career starter? I'm not sure yet. I'd love your comments on it. I'm considering submitting PAJAMA GIRL to them and see what they say. Could be interesting, could be fun, could be a bad idea. Time will tell.
I'd love to see a ton of comments on this one, so get to it!