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Hurry Up & Wait

I'm looking at a busy last half to the week.

1) Critique submissions for next Monday's writing group meeting.
2) Work on and finish the Mundane SF short story and send it out to stillnotbored (who was brave enough to volunteer to give it a read)
3) Wait and wait and wait for a reply from the agents I've queried.

Next week gets even busier as I've got to start thinking about the next novel. I want to get some serious brainstorming/plotting* accomplished before World Fantasy, which is only 2 weeks away at this point. And then I still need to rewrite "Sacrifices" and rework the ending for "Tigerfly"; I hope the critiques I get back on the first part of "Sacrifices" come Monday will set me on the right path for that piece. I may work on the rewrite when I've a free moment at WFC. ;-)

The next novel looks promising to the muse. I've got the title and a good pitch that's 7-10 words. I also have a feel for what I want to happen in the first section, but other characters and events need to come together for a cohesive plot. I've done a bit a research in the past on this time period, and I've got to consider whether I want to mesh that material with this setting/story. Go this route and I kill one story in favor of another. It makes for an interesting exercise in cannibalism, but it will only work if the "secret history" elements fit the puzzle in the right way. You can't force synchronicity.

* -- Editor read and liked the book and recommended several agents. Now I'm at the wait and wait and wait stage, anxious to hear back on the queries I've sent so far. One did reply quickly and passed, providing the "not right for me" response (which is all right as responses go, because everyone -- writer, agent, editor -- needs to believe in something for a project to work).


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Oct. 17th, 2007 03:18 pm (UTC)
I know the feeling!

I'm waiting too and the waiting is the hardest part of this whole buiz IMO.

Congratts on the short!
Oct. 17th, 2007 03:31 pm (UTC)
I think part of a writer's maturation process is accepting that it's all business. It's a job, but one we love to do, and should work at every day if we want to succeed. Sometimes even 24-7.
Oct. 17th, 2007 03:54 pm (UTC)
Well said.

I look forward to meeting you at WFC!
Oct. 17th, 2007 03:58 pm (UTC)
Same here. :-)
Oct. 17th, 2007 06:09 pm (UTC)
It's interesting that an editor saw it and then recommended an agent -- seems like the opposite of what usually happens.

And yeah, I hear you about the waiting. I jump every time I see an email notification on my computer...
Oct. 17th, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
It's interesting that an editor saw it and then recommended an agent -- seems like the opposite of what usually happens.

I'm pretty sure they don't take unagented manuscripts. There's a line between solicitied and agented. A fine line, but a line.

Which is all well and good. That's their rules. I was just checking whether it was OK to still drop the editor's name (based on past recommendations and passing interest) before the current round of agent hunting. They asked to read the book, so I obliged. That they read it and still recommend agents is something I see as a positive no matter what happens. Encouragement is a good thing.
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