I have a YA fantasy I wrote a few years back, queried, rewrote it, queried, rewrote it, etc., and I finally gave up in pursuit of a new story. Last week Liz Briggs, the one and only (Love ya, Liz!), suggested I submit it again and got me to pull the story back out again. I'M SO GLAD SHE DID!
(Just because it's so pretty, here's the cover design I won from a blog somethingorother a while back. Sigh.)
It's so interesting going back to a ms after having a break for at least a year from it. I've heard from several sources that it's good to take a break from a ms before going to back to edit or query it, and I totally agree! I have such a fresh outlook on the story, I'm able to see much better what needs to be cut, added, changed, etc. I have a lot of physical tells (My stomach knotted, my heart raced, etc.), and a few places where transitions weren't quite as smooth as they could be. In short, I'm an avid believer in letting a ms sit for a while. Stephen King has said to let it sit for at least six months. Before, when I heard that I was like NO WAY can I do that! I was always in such a rush to get this out, to get an agent before someone else comes up with a story similar to mine. But if a story isn't ready, that's not going to happen anyway. It's better to take your time and make sure you do things right the first time. I'm really looking forward to getting STOLEN TEARS spiffed up again and start putting it out there once more.
Have you ever shelved a project only to come back to it? How long do you wait before editing or querying a ms?