August 12, 2010

What Do You Mean My Hero Isn't Sexy Enough?

WordServe Literary Agent Rachelle Gardner hosted me on her blog today. The topic: the Dreaded Revision Letter & the 5 stages of grief. A humorous look at a SO not funny topic.

Check out What Do You Mean My Hero Isn't Sexy Enough? Surviving the Editorial Letter here.

And thanks for stopping by. I'll be back!


Erin MacPherson said...

Hi Camille-

I just wrote you a message on Facebook, but lest you wonder how much it takes to start stalking someone, I thought I'd write you here, too. Anyway, fab post!


Camille Eide said...

Ha ha, thanks, Erin. :-)

Brad Jaeger said...

I loved your post on Rachelle Gardner's blog, and now that I've discovered you I'm sure I'll be an avid follower here too :)

Keli Gwyn said...

Camille, that was an awesome post! You captured the emotions very well.

I received my first Revision Letter from Rachelle this past February and learned I had to ditch 86,000 words of my story and rewrite 75,000 of them due to a plot point at the 1/4 mark that didn't work. It wasn't easy, but the story is much better. I'm a stronger writer for having been through the process, painful though it was at times.

How long did it take you to complete your rewrite, and were you pleased with the results?

Metropolitan Mum said...

Hi Camille, I loved your post over at Rachelle's. If only I had someone to read my 'work', I'd be happy to go through the pain of being revised ;)

Camille Eide said...

Keli - long time. After I got the letter, it took me 4 months just to figure out what I needed to do. Then about 8 months to rewrite the book, which is essentially what it was. One chapter at a time, brand new doc, borrowing some from from the old, creating some new, blending some of both. This has sure taught me to be more careful when plotting my current book, and to get feedback from some pros before I write 100k words. :-) As far as the results, I have to say it is an improved story. Whether or not Rachelle will send it out or send it back still remains to be told. I can totally sympathize with the plot problem. Good writing partners are priceless when you're struggling through that. The pain will be worth it, I'm sure! Has your revised version passed the bar?

Metro Mum - I hope you find some strong writing buds or even more importantly, a good editor. I know of a lady who does a very good job if you're interested in hiring a freelance editor. If you are, here is her website:

Patty Slack

Cheryl Linn Martin said...

This was so funny and so helpful! Keep on plugging away, Camille.

Jessica Nelson said...

Your hero was sexy to me the first time. Now he's even sexier! Woot!



I've published five novels and 2 novellas (more about those on my website.) I've been writing all my life, but decided in 2007 to get serious about being published.

I love action movies and Jane Austen. (she’s dead, I know. I found that out when I tried to get her to endorse my novel)

They let me play Bass guitar and sing in a worship band.

I can produce 4 dozen homemade cinnamon rolls in a flash for a crowd of drooling young adults. Or publishing house editors.

I used to have a Harley. Now we have six (going on seven) grandkiddos. Decent trade, really.

I am a proud Grammy. Don't even think about taking candy from my babies.

I hate shopping (Yes, I'm aware that I'm a girl)

I've lived in Oregon all my life, spent time in Eugene (Go DUCKS!), Springfield, Reedsport, and Smith River. Which is not really a town, but a river, about 70 miles long, a tributary of the Umpqua River in southwest Oregon.

Although it's not a town, it is a community with a strong sense of pioneer history. It's cool to say you've lived there, especially if you lived there during the days when you had to take a boat to school. No joke! The old farmhouse my grandfather and my mother grew up in still stands, nestled into a narrow, pasture carpeted valley, complete with a swimmin' hole and its own 'crick'. It may turn up in one of my novels.

There's a rumor that my ancestors had a connection with the Mafia back in Sicily. I used to fantasize as a kid about a big black limo with tinted windows pulling up and whisking me away from school. Ahhh. So THAT'S why I'm having so much trouble conjugating my dangling participles now.

NOT RANDOM: I am challenged by the truth and amazed by the grace of God. And it's either in spite of or because of that grace that I hold a PhD in Learning Stuff the Hard Way.