The new book, Descending, has returned from the lovely beta readers and been corrected. They didn’t find a lot of errors, and that makes me happy. With every book I write, my writing gets cleaner. I still require someone to beat it with a comma stick, but even my comma use is improving.
The query has been put to bat at Absolute Write, and some wonderful folks helped me whip it into shape. My query writing has greatly improved since I’ve been active there, but there is no substitute for getting impartial eyes on the query. I’m so close to the story, it’s impossible for me to see what’s clear and what isn’t. So the query went from decent to greatly improved in the space of a few days. It was frustrating, as query letter writing always is, but it’s very rewarding to see the query tighten up and take shape.
Now, it’s off to a word cloud program to check for word overuse, then a little time for formatting. I should be able to send it off on a test run tonight! 🙂