Date a girl who doesn’t read. Find her in the weary squalor of a Midwestern bar. Find her in the smoke, drunken sweat, and varicolored light of an upscale nightclub. Wherever you find her, find her smiling. Make sure that it lingers when the people that are talking to her look away. Engage her with unsentimental trivialities. Use pick-up lines and laugh inwardly.
Whether you’re a first-time writer, indie or traditional, it’s always a nervous moment when editorial feedback arrives from an agent or editor. Here’s what to expect and how to cope.
There will be changes
Always. Even if you’ve had beta readers. Even if you’re a seasoned pro. Of the 14 or 15 full manuscripts I’ve submitted, there was only one where the editors didn’t want to change anything, beyond tiny niggles.
I gave up on The Heart Keeper. Normally I don’t advocate tossing ninety-nine percent finished projects to the wayside. But HK was giving me nightmares (not literally, but close), and it was making me resent and hate writing in general. Hence why I’ve ignored Of a Writerly Sort for quite some time.
But I’ve started a new project, currently titled X, and crawling right along at 3300 words after two days. I haven’t hammered the plot out yet, but I know I need to get back on the writing horse, and I need something to focus on.
So, I have a ton of stuff to do, so does this count as a decent post? I’m really excited to write on X. It’s all I can think about.
I think the title is self-explanatory. All I want to do is watch Dr. Who and eat Pringles. I don’t want to write anymore! *insert long dramatic wail*
As many of you know, I have been in what I’ve called “Query Hell” for over a month now. One month and eleven days, to be exact.
It hit me a few days ago. I finished the first draft of Fire in the Woods in 40 writing days. It was 40,000 words at the time. (After three months of editing and beta reading, it is nearly 68,000 words)
Some people say that a coach can do only so much.
The argument goes like this: after a certain point, there is only so much a riding instructor can say to change a rider's skills. Most of the results come from the rider. After all - if the rider chooses not to (or simply cannot) do what the instructor says, then how much can one person do?
So I haven't posted in a while, but I have two very good reasons - one, I was in Tennessee (yes, I have pictures of the gorgeous place, but I haven't uploaded them yet) and two, the day we came home, I was felled by the flu. I'm recovering now, but it was sheer misery for about two days, and it's gotten to where it's only 1/4th misery.
You know when you run your mouth and think you can do something and then the deadline starts looming and, surprise!, you might not be able to do what you said you were going to? *nervous laugh* That’s kind of what I did. Kind of. Because I think I might still be able to make it happen if I turn off the internet and duct tape myself to my computer.
But, y’know, it’s the weekend and I’m home with my family and all I really want to do is chase my nephew around humming the Jaws theme song and driving his mother crazy.
In case you don’t have the slightest clue what I’m talking about, I promised myself and many other people that Summer Rush’s sequel, California Girl, would be all pretty and polished by April 1st and that I’d be posting it on all my usual sites.
Just know that a lot of blood, sweat, and tears are going into this effort. A LOT.
The answer just might be yes because this is exactly what is happening to Jamie McGuire. Jamie originally self-published her book Beautiful Disaster and the sales were so good that a publisher wanted the book. So now the book is with a publisher. Cool, right? You'd think so except for this thorn that cropped up. Amazon is sending out mass emails to people who bought…