Saturday, October 31, 2009

Ground Zero

Today is the day!
Later tonight I plan on submitting my manuscript to Samhain. I still have a few pages to go over, but otherwise its all ready to go. The synopsis (shudder) is written and I'm satisfied with it. Not ecstatic, but it'll do on such short notice. The query letter is right to go, all I really need to do is put it all together. I'm actually pretty excited about it and proud of myself for getting it done, all in 23 days. After its gone I'm going to start writing the second one and also get back to work on my Silhouette Romantic Suspense manuscript. So while I've got this to submit, I've still got plenty of work to keep me busy.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Seven Days

That's right, seven days to go before submissions close for the Samhain Angels/Demons anthology. I'm about halfway through editing with my CP and I think we're going along ok in terms of time. She's given me really good feed back and we're obviously both hoping the editors will like what they see. If not, I think its going to be worth adding words to it and sending it to another publisher or some agents. Or maybe not some agents. I'm kinda sick of querying agents at the moment, even if I have been getting really good feed back from them.
Anyway, I've had enough work for today, think I'm going to have an early night.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Question of Self

Nathan Bransford has had a lot of interesting things going on over at his blog lately. Yesterday there was a post about writer sensitivity and today a follow up post about one comment in particular. This commenter suggested the senstive/bitter/prone to abuse agent and editors writers are often lashing out because of many other factors in their lives. By pursuing their dream of writing, they've lost thier job, their marriage, their kids, have all but failed in the eyes of everyone they know. The commenter went on to say as writers we should take a hard look at what we're doing, whether we should be doing it, whether its become not a hobby, but an addiction.
I'm guilty of the occasional (or not so occasional) rant about these writers making it harder for the rest of us. And these questions posed would be very hard for many people to face or even begin to answer.
For myself, I know my writing drives me hard and borders on addiction, I just said something along those lines the other day. How else would I force myself to find time to write and edit in a house with two kids under 2? I've structured my writing as a career, making sure I have a balance between family and work. If I had to give up one for the other, my family would always be first. At the end of the day, no matter how many books you write, they can't love you, support you and comfort you as only a family can. So I do find it sad that some people give up everything in life to chase their dream, only for it to eventually go nowhere. You have to wonder where the point is that will say to them its time to cut your losses and regain what is really important in life. Maybe for some, there isn't one.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

De-railed

Once again I'm using precious writing/editing time to blog, naughty, naughty! Especially since I woke up sick on Monday morning and haven't touched my Samhain manuscript since Sunday. I've got 10 days to get it edited and submission-ready. The feed back I've had from my CP so far has been positive, so hopefully things will continue going smoothly and successfully for me.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Go Me!

Well, I did it. Despite having the handicap of a toddler and 6 week old baby in the house, I managed to write a 25,ooo word novella in a week. How did I do it? We'll probably never know, but I am quite please with myself.
Now all I need to do is get it edited and write that dreaded synopsis and we'll be good to go. I've also done a bit of research on other publishers so if Samhain don't take it, I might have somewhere else to send it, though it will require me either adding words or taking some out. According to their website, I should hear back from Samhain by the 16th of November.
Fingers crossed in the meantime.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

All It Takes Is One...

...rude person and everything goes to hell.
I should be writing. I KNOW! Don't tell me again, but I couldn't help popping over to Nathan Bransford's blog to see how his little paragraph comp was stacking up (2000+ entries and counting) and his last post was asking people what they thought made a good paragraph. Of course I couldn't read the post and then not read people's comments. So off I went, scrolling through 200-odd comments when I should be writing.
Most of it was run of the mill opinions on what people did or didn't like. Then a published author came by and put her two cents in, causing the following commenter to write something rude (of which we will never know because Bransford deleted it and told her she was rude) and then someone further down the page accused the agent of being a control-freak and stating that comments should be left even if he doesn't like their content (and I agree with the person who said something along the lines of it being Bransford's house and yard and if someone else doesn't like things they can take their ball & glove and go home) and then it was all on. Really, you couldn't write stuff like this. Well, you could, but it wouldn't be as spontaneously entertaining.
So that was my amusement for the week. I try not to spend too long reading blogs, etc, but how can I not when sometimes they're so damn riveting?

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Dumbfounded

I should be writing, I know. I'm still behind, only got 2000 words done today, which is better than nothing but still leaves me at a disadvantage if I want to stick to my original goal of finishing the manuscript by Sunday.
Anyhoo, over at Nathan Bransford's Blog, he's holding his annual paragraph comp. I know I'm forever complaining about rule-breakers, those people in this industry (and every other aspect of life I guess) who either disregard or think they can work around plainly stated rules (ok, sometimes they're more like strongly worded suggestions). I often see agents posts bemoaning the fact that if these people would just stick to their submission guidelines, it'd make their lives a lot easier and probably not so cynical about dealing with us unpublished authors.
Which brings me back to Nathan Bransford's paragraph comp. What is a paragraph, that is the question. It seems fairly straightforward. A paragraph is not three hundred odd words. Its might pass in at a hundred on the outer rims of believability. Its probably more around fifty. In Bransford's comp rules, he didn't specify a word count, which is fair enough. But he did say "a paragraph that is overly long may lose points in the judge's eyes. Use your own discretion. Please remember that the paragraph needs to be a paragraph, not multiple paragraphs masquerading as one paragraph."
So why, why, why have people posted pages and pages of work (more importantly, why do I torture myself by being so stupefied by it)? Do they think the rules don't apply to them? Do they think their work is so fantastic that Bransford will call them up and beg them for their manuscript even though they couldn't follow simple instructions in a single paragraph competition. Do they not realize they're more likely painting themselves as one of those problem writers who doesn't take critique or direction well and would probably be a royal pain in the butt to work with?
No matter how many times I see something like this, it still blows me away.

Lagging Behind

Apparently I didn't pick the best week to try and write an entire novella. I'm lagging 5000 words behind my projected aim. On Monday I had one of those days where the kids slept at different times, so I had at least one of them up at one time or another all day, resulting in very little writing but total exhaustion by 8:30pm. Yesterday I forgot about a meeting we had scheduled out of town, so once again, no writing was done. I'm hoping today will work out better and I might be able to gain that 5000 back and maybe get a few more done on top of that. I really want to prove to myself that I can get this done, no matter what comes up in the meantime.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Running Tally

I was on a roll yesterday and I'm happy to say I'm right back into the swing of things. Yesterday I managed to get 5,500 words written, almost double my daily aim, which obviously made up for falling short the day before. I have a feeling I won't be so successful today since I have some family things to go to and at some stage need to get some groceries, other wise we'll be going hungry this week. So I'm off now to write some words over breakfast.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

New Project

I know, I can't help it. Another new project. In my own defense, its not my fault, I just couldn't help myself.
I was looking at smaller presses and e-publishers this week and while looking at the Samhain submissions page I noticed they're taking submissions for an angels & demons anthology. Of course, I was immediately interested and then started having ideas and then thought "twenty to thirty thousand words isn't very much, I can knock that off easily before the closing date."
I made a start yesterday after a whole lot of research. I could have just made a lot of stuff up, but I wanted to go with actual demon and angel mythology. I spent a couple of days looking for demons and angels who would fit the story I was planning on doing. What I didn't realize is just how many different types of demons and angels there are.
I wanted to get at least 3000 words written yesterday, but didn't quite make it, finishing for the day on 2,400. I'll try to make up for the loss today. I figured if I wrote three to four thousand words each day, I'll have the basic manuscript finished in 7 days and that'll give me just over 2 weeks to polish and edit. I don't expect much of myself do I? Oh well, I figure its good practice for when I actually get published and have deadlines to work to.
Anyway, blogging isn't going towards my word count, so I'd better get to it.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Procrastination

I should be writing, both the kids are asleep and now is a good a time as any, but I can't be bothered. I wrote 4000 words on my SRS manuscript yesterday, that's more than I've done in a long time, so I can't feel too useless. Of course nothing will ever get published if I don't finish the damn things, but even that isn't enough to motivate me. I might do a read over of that historical I've been working on, though I'm sure as soon as I get into it, one of the kids will wake up and then I'll be annoyed because all I'll want to do is keep working and not watch the Cars DVD for the kazillionth time.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Or Not

So my big plan of getting a whole heap of work done on the weekend amounted to nothing. I wasn't too upset about it though, these things happen when you have a family and of course I wouldn't trade my family for anything in the world.
Luckily I have managed to get a good amount of work done today on the manuscript I've started aimed at Silhouette Romantic Suspense. Now I just need to find some friends (aka victims) to give it a read over for me. Can't wait to get it finished and edited and sent off to submission.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Weekend Work

Its the weekend and I've finally managed to get the partial submission sent off to that agent who requested them earlier in the week. It says on their website they respond to partials in 2 months or less, so I guess it'll be around the end of November before I hear anything.
I'm looking forward to fobbing the kids off on hubby so I can get some decent work done instead of working in snatches here and there around their nap times. My CP had a look over the smaple (yes, I know its spelled wrong, private joke.) pages I sent her and is very excited about this re-write idea. I can see where she's coming from. Compared to the current manuscript, my new work is much tighter and has more impact, and with a bit more tweaking (aka torture) from my CP, it'll be all shiny and ready for publication in no time.
I know I've been working at this gig for a lot of years now and I've said it before, but I really feel I am closing in on that final hurdle. Any day now, I'm going to get there and then (God help me!) there will be no turning back and I'll have real life, scary deadlines to work to. I never said it was going to be easy, but I'm looking forward to the challenge.