After some cut passes, and a few more cut passes, and some painstaking decisions, I wrangled my 179k manuscript down to 149k.
It definitely feels stronger, reads smoother, somehow maintains solid pacing, and has some pretty amazing beta feedback from fresh and old eyes.
With that, I’ve yeeted out my first set of queries. Not 100% sure if timing is good right now in agent land, but after two years of studying craft, rewriting, editing, revising, restructuring, enhancing themes and reversals, and bringing out my character perspectives more firmly on the page, I couldn’t really wait much longer.
It feels ready. I’m excited.