And So On.

Posted: September 30, 2013 in Uncategorized
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This is my brain on ideas.

The battle for getting published rages onward. I was the recipient of what some might call a karmic smackdown last week, something I’m just now beginning to crawl out from under. There was this publisher that was taking open submissions for their 2014 release schedule, and I reckoned my manuscript was a shoo-in. Such flights of hubris aren’t my typical modus operandi and, accordingly, I was not selected. And I went straight into a funk, the likes of which I hadn’t experienced in a hell of a long time.

It’s good to find oneself back on the ground, bruised but not broken, and hopefully stronger for the experience. So, while the majority of my query letters haven’t yet been answered (which means they also haven’t yet been rejected), I figure it’s time to get to work on the next story in case, you know, someone wants to throw a multi-book contract at me and I can say, “Heck yeah I’ve got other stories – check this shit out!”

I’m told this is how it can happen. I do have a gripe, however, and it’s about what I’m seeing a lot of in my search for representation. It’s the Young Adult trend; nearly every agent is clamoring for YA material of late, all hoping to get a piece of that sparkly vampire / young wizards / dystopian kid-battle market. Don’t get me wrong; I think it’s wonderful that young people are reading in large numbers, and I quite liked the Hunger Games books, and it goes without saying that I love the Harry Potter series unabashedly. Twilight, however, can ____ my ____. And I guess now is a better time to be shopping around a manuscript than during the ‘chick lit’ fad of a few years ago, and the creepy soft-core-S&M-Fifty-Shades thing seems to be losing steam as well. Eh, screw it. It’s no different than the zombie craze that I mostly enjoyed, so again maybe patience is the key to this. When the genre wheel spins again, maybe it’ll be my time.

In the meantime, I’ve laid down eleven hundred words on the next story. I like it, and I think it’s going to be good. Seriously messed up, but good. I’ve become rather obsessed with a thing in the news of late, really disturbing stuff that I honestly cannot wrap my head around, and it dovetails nicely into a general idea I’d been noodling around for a couple of years and I think its time has come. Stay tuned, kiddos.

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