Drove to Provo yesterday to attend my writing group in person--Derek was nice enough to host dinner at his place beforehand. My writing group spent an hour and a half going over The Day the Sky Fell with me, and I have seven pages of revision notes to help me better the story. I'm itching to start making the changes now, but I need to read through the book before I do anything. (It's killing me!)
I read chapter 1 and took a few notes. The prose needs major refining (which won't be done for a while), and the pacing is too fast. But it's fixable.
I think I'll give myself a December 1st deadline to finish revisions. Two and a half months. If I stay on top of things, I should be able to make it--maybe before. I want my first run of queries out by New Year's! (Wish me luck!)