2. It's your first novel. No matter how hard it is to hear and follow this advice, it's probably the best advice I'll ever offer: write a second novel before you query on the first one. You'll learn so much while writing that second novel that you'll go back and either revise or discard Novel #1. AND you won't have all the baggage from those damn form rejections to weigh you downI think all of us prepublished writers, especially novice ones believe (and hope) that our first WIP will be 'the novel' that gets published. I'd like to know what people think of the above comment?
Personally, i think Janet is dead on. Although it makes me want to cry like a little girl, the likelihood is that my first WIP will be the biggest load of 'dialogue tag' with a dash of 'purple prose' crap to see the light of day. I think for me personally, the hardest part of the above advice is not instantly sending off queries as soon as my editing is finised.
Self-restraint is not my forte, certainly when you want feedback or validation or whatever (even if its rejections).
Apart from this though as i've mentioned before, my current WIP is not 'my baby'. I deliberately decided to write one of my other ideas (rather than the one i really want to write) so that my current wip would teach me 'how i write' and what 'outlining/ploting' etc suits me so that i will know that when i approach some of the ideas that have been festering for years, that i will be at the top of my game?
Does this make sense? or do i sound nuts?