Lipstick-Covered Magnet has eaten up the better part of three years. I wrote a first draft I ended up chucking in 2019, deciding to start from scratch at a different point in Skylar's life. The current version began in November 2020. NaNoWriMo really helped me get the words on the page.
After editing the first draft of LCM and sending it to beta readers, I found there were some plot holes or areas which needed fleshing out. The beta reader feedback was mostly positive and helpful and the finished product wouldn't be as polished if it weren't for the critiques I received.
I finished my final additions and line edits last week and am now in the process of querying agents and pitching my novel to contests and publishers. To date, I've sent out 7 query letters and will be sending at least one per day for the foreseeable future.
I'll keep you posted on replies as they come in!