Feedback has been received from the editor who I asked (paid) to look at my work. And it isn't bad. But it is clear that there is still much to be done. And somehow, I'm much less excited to do it at this point. I had a love story... a paranormal romance. And I thought that there wasn't enough going on, so I turned it into an adventure, with many more supernatural elements, action and even a bit of time travel. And she suggested that it ought to be one or the other, but that it shouldn't be both. And I feel deflated. And kind of silly. And like not a very good writer.
The good news I think, is that she didn't mention huge issues with things like sentence structure, word choice or punctuation. But I'm a tech writer in "real life" so I didn't really expect that those were going to be my issues.
A part of me wants to shove the whole thing. It's not shiny and new and fun anymore and now it seems like some serious decisions about it have to be made and everything will have to be redone. I had been floating on the relief that came with being "finished" in some way. And now I am very unfinished.
And I'm starting to see the side of writing that daunts those who try it. I am seeing clearly why most novels (at least before self-publishing) never saw the light of day. What a process.
The most concerning element of her critique is that perhaps I haven't hit my intended audience. One aspect of the story, she says -- the love story -- skews to the YA crowd I'd been planning for. The other -- the adventure -- she thinks skews younger. Though I think there are great books for middle grade out there, I've never wanted to write one. So I'll have to think a lot about this... She did also mention at the outset that YA is not her expertise, but her comments on plot and structure are certainly valid and based on years of experience in editing and writing.
Back to the keyboard. Ugh.