Submissions, Rejections, Revisions, and Technique
John and I are making big stridesÃ‚Â into the submission pile. John still has some older physical subs to get to before he can get to the (relatively)Ã‚Â newer e-subs I set aside for him. I think,Ã‚Â however, thatÃ‚Â things will soon be under control. When I came on board we split the subs down the middle, with me taking the e-subs and John taking the physical subs. The one was a lot easier to send me than the other.
I’m almost to the end of the e-subs, and have begun to send forth responses. I have about a dozen left to read, and one or two I’m considering as I sort through these rest. A few of those left to read are longish and well-written, so they alone will take several hours.
Lest you think that you’re alone out there with your rejection pile, I’ve been accumulating some rejects lately myself. A while back I fashioned a new protagonist and a new setting, but despite my own sense that I’m making new strides and charting new ground — and despite an excellent reception from one of my most trusted first readersÃ‚Â — the market has not been interested.Ã‚Â Frustrated genius? Bitter hack?Ã‚Â I’m more puzzled than bitter. I hope I’m not a hack; I’mÃ‚Â dangedÃ‚Â sure I’m not a genius. Anyway.Ã‚Â As I did with Dabir and Asim, I will continue to write these stories from time to time, just because they please me. Maybe a market will open up. My focus right now, though, is on novel writing.
I think I mentioned that I was working on a polishing pass of my mist world novel, which is sitting now at about 93 thousand words. I was shooting for between 90 and 95k, so I’m pretty happy with that. I’m trying something new with this pass, which is to focus on getting ten pages revised a day. Some days I’m doing more, but most days I’m just combing back and forth over the ten pages, slowly.Ã‚Â I think the prose is getting stronger for it. I’m currently about a third of the way in, and should be done around the first of next month. And here my goal was to get it done by mid summer! Ah well.Ã‚Â Better a late strong draft than a cruddy one on time.
Two other folks I regularly direct vistors to have posted some interesting writing tips lately. Eric Knight has one on a Jackie Collins novel he stumbledÃ‚Â across — rather than rolling his eyes he points out some strengths to learn from, and James Van Pelt is teaching some creative writing to high schoolers. I think it’s important to go back and revisit basics — they’re far too easy to forget.