Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Name Game

I stayed up again working on the book, so I slept through my alarm and ended up arriving 20 minutes late for work without a shower. Why is it that whenever you oversleep it's never just by a few minutes? You always have about 4 minutes to get dressed and out the door.

I'm feeling pretty positive about the book overall. I got most of the loose ends tied together last night, so my next challenge is to striaghten out the timeline and make grammar and punctuation corrections. However, I realized for the first time last night that the first names of my two main character RHYME! I can't believe I didn't notice it before, but does it matter? I kind of like their names, but perhaps I should replace one. Thank goodness, I can do a "find and replace function" in Word.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Scarlett's name from Gone with the Wind was originally Pansy?

I learned that on my tour of the Margaret Mitchell House in Atlanta. I don't think the book would have been the same if she had been called Pansy O'Hara, so maybe there is more to a name.

My questions at this point:
How much do I need to edit my book before I start sending out queries?
What should I include in the cover letter that accompanies my query?

I plan on going to the library this weekend to do some research, but if anyone has some advice, I'd gladly take it.

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