In 2009 I wrote the first of what would become a series of urban fantasy books. I was SO proud! Then I joined a critique group and became...less proud. My errors were pointed out to me and numerous revisions made. I entered this manuscript in a contest and although I did not win, the judges declared it "new, fresh, with excellent characterization." I was beyond thrilled! Their words spurred me on to write two more books in what I now call my "Legacy Series."
They have yet to be published.
My next two unrelated books were contracted quickly. Why? I told myself it was because there was a glut of "vampire" books on the market. Then DAW took an interest. After reading Midnight Sun, book one, they requested the others. Again, I was flying high. A year and a half later later, they decided not to contract.
Why? They didn't say.
So recently, I pulled the manuscript out and dusted it off and began an edit. Will it be better? Certainly. I have learned a lot about writing in the past few years. I think those years of separation from that project gave me the space needed to give the work a non-prejudiced eye. Will the revisions find me a publisher? Only time will tell.