In January of 2013, I started a new novel, working on it for eighteen months like a woman possessed. In September of last year, when I said it was ready, my agent sent it to just a few editors. While it was out, I took a four-month break. The novel didn’t sell and thank heavens. When I read it over in January of this year, I could see how to make it so much better.

New rule for myself: before I call a novel finished, I have to put it away for a serious amount of time and then read it again.

I can pull something positive out of just about any situation.



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