Monthly Archives: March 2015

How much revision can one story take?

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An infinite amount, if the writer is stubborn and persistent.

Case in point: I now have a novel manuscript that used to be a mid-size novel-in-verse that was once a short novel-in-verse that was once revised to a different gender that was once a picture book poetry manuscript that was once a poem. Got that? Two editors (maybe three) asked for revisions at various points, which lead me to hope for a contract. But it hasn’t happened so far.

Now the novel is out on submissions again, this time in prose, and almost three times the length of the last novel-in-verse rendition.

Why don’t I throw in the towel? Because my agent says he loves it. And more importantly, because my oldest son is the inspiration behind a boy who is passionate about soccer. It’s his turn for a dedication page in his honor.

Early trophy

Early trophy

In Italy with some of his soccer team, far right

In Italy with some of his soccer team, far right

Drooling over cups at Camp Nou, FC Barcelona

Drooling over cups at Camp Nou, FC Barcelona

Newspaper shot, high school game

Newspaper shot, high school game