I started writing MISSING while I was living in Chicago, which was at least ten years ago. I wrote the first chapter which established the character and set the tone for the novel. Then I put it aside... for a long time. I'd come back to it every now and then, but it wasn't until three years ago that I started writing in earnest.
I was so pleased when I finally finished. Not that I was actually finished. I knew it needed revisions and changes, but this part of the process was alien. I had no idea what to do. So I asked for beta readers.
I am so grateful to those folks who braved this first draft. Your input has been invaluable. Scenes have been rewritten, new elements added, and I have a better book.
So then what? How do I get this thing published? Well, I wrote a query letter. That was excruciating. I have no idea if it was any good, but it's out there in an agent's inbox. Or maybe it's already been deleted. Who knows? Maybe I'll get picked up, maybe I won't.
Right now, I'm talking to an editor about fixing my manuscript. That's painful for two reasons. 1) It's expensive and I'm cheap. 2) It shows you just how bad your writing really is. But it's absolutely necessary.
So that's where I am in the process. It's been fun, and I hope to learn even more as I keep navigating this whole writing thing. Thanks for reading!