I received another rejection for my manuscript, The Abduction. I’m getting closer to giving self-publishing a sincere consideration. Of course I would need an editor to look over the manuscript and give me guidance as far as what needs to be fixed (if anything). In general, I need an editor to “edit” the manuscript so it can be published. I want to put my best work out there. I’ve seen some published books with mistakes in them after publication. You’d think someone would catch mistakes before a book is published, but even BIG publishers can make mistakes.
I think my total submissions/rejections to date are 30 for my manuscript. It’s up to two rejections on my script, but I’ve only submitted it three times. Another manuscript (which I plan to re-write) had been rejected 47 times before I quit submitting it. I’ve been told that rejections are subjective. Sometimes, it’s not about how good or bad something is, it may not be right for that publisher at the time. Well, I’m going to follow that philosophy rather than feeling sorry for myself.
My next manuscript is REVENGE! I finished a rough draft of it while doing NaNoWriMo one year. I’m now working on re-writing it and polishing it to submit to contests. In fact, I submitted my first chapter to a contest, then discovered I needed a prologue. But, after reflecting on what editors have said about prologues, I decided to turn it into chapter one. Luckily, I was only on chapter 8 when I had to change all the chapters. So today, I begin chapter 9. I’m at the point where those who have revenge issues are narrowing in on the man they want to kill. But, unlike most Revenge scripts, the hero is the one they want to kill! He took his revenge in chapter one. Seven years later, they discover who he is and take action.
Here’s the logline: A reformed criminal falls in love with his instructor who seeks revenge against her brother’s killer, and he discovers he’s the man who killed him.
Now I’m debating whether to use the heroine’s logline or his. Hers is: A fitness instructor seeks revenge against her brother’s killer and discovers he’s the man she’s in love with.
Usually, the POV character is the one who has the most to lose, or must change the most in the end. The way I see it, Berto, the hero doesn’t think he deserves to find love and be happy because he led a life of crime. He also has telekinetic powers. He killed two boys when he was younger to protect his sister, now the sisters of the deceased boys want him dead. The catch is, all three of them work for the Interplanetary Space Patrol (they keep the peace and the law between planets in the Vaedra system). So the reluctant hero must take a stand and defend himself and others when their mission is jeopardized by one of the women who wants revenge. The woman he loves must decide whether or not to forgive him and give him a second chance at life and love. But when she is nearly killed, he takes his revenge on the tribe of Perseans who are holding slaves they came to rescue. Whew! There’s a lot of revenge in this story.
The heroine, Shey, must forgive Berto of his past before the two can be together in Happily Ever After.
The hero, must accept himself as well as his powers and then forgive himself of his past mistakes before he can feel deserving of Happily Ever After. I think he has more to lose as well as more changing to do to reach his HEA, don’t you?
The theme of the story is everyone deserves a second chance. On that note, I think I’ll send out my manuscript, The Abduction, to two more editors. Until next time, keep writing!