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Ok, so lots of things happened at Keycon 2010, but only one thing really matters. Sheila Gilbert gave me her card and personal email address and said I could end her my manuscript.

I was gonna go to the author panels mostly, but I thought, hey, this lady's an editor and might be at this pitch session they're having and I should go to this meet Sheila Gilbert panel, and see what she's about. And at the panel, I realised she's not just a slush reader or first reader, she's like, big time, person-who-decides-what-gets-bought person. And it slowly sinks in that this is a woman who could decide that Lindsay gets published. So I went to all her panels. Missed some that I had really wanted to go to, but I'm glad I opted for the editor content of keycon than the author content. Because really, at this point, I've asked enough authors all the questions I'd want to ask of authors, and been working on the craft for long enough, that with a full novel as close to final draft as it is, the editor networking is far more valuable to me at this point.

Cut to the pitch session; I'm really glad I had my query letter and synopsis critiqued by the proposal package focus group. I brought them both, and I didn't expect her to read them both, but she did. At the end of the query letter, she laughed a little. I was confused and paranoid, and couldn't think of anything in the query letter that would make anyone laugh, but then she went on to the synopsis while I sat nervously waiting. Then she said it was a refreshing idea, and I couldn't think of a negative way of interpreting that. Then I explained I was still editing it, and she said when I was ready, to send it to her, and she gave me her card with her personal email address, which is something editors only do if they're serious. I walked away and the bunch of people waiting for their turn were like "You got her card! You're shaking!"

So now I have a bit of editing to do. In serious form. And thus begins the nano-style caffeine abuse until the deed is done.
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The Box is up to 53k words now, with the scenes I've added, and will probably be well over 60k when I'm done, with the scene I still plan to add. Which is a nice length for YA; for once I'm not agonizing over trying to shorten it; it has room to grow.

The thing I hate about editing is I have to be alert. I can do nano completely exhausted, jotting down bullshit tow get the story down and finished. But editing, there's no "bah, I'll fix that later." Later is now, and I have to fix it now.

And I'm so wiped after the stress of work now, that my brain just doesn't want to cope with that when I get home, and the caffeine has worn off, and I don't want to drink more caffeine because I have to go to bed and get up at 5:00 am to go back to work. It's not that I hate my job; it just takes up so much of the time and energy I wish I could spend writing. I think I will have to start abusing the caffeine again in order to get any real writing done. I made a goal of having a first rewrite of The Box done by the end of march and I'm quite a bit behind; chapter 6 of 14.


Feb. 8th, 2010 06:47 am
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I have 5 critiques now on the first two chapters of "The Box", my Nano novel, and the general consensus is that it needs "polishing." Not rewriting, just touching up. Of course, it's got rewritten anyway. I had to, to smooth things out. I've cut a character, and took three characters I originally introduced in chaper 3, and used them in chapter 1. It helps pull it together. But it sounds like it doesn't have far to go before being publishable. The next novel submission package workshop they get going on the OWW, I should be able to get in on. Though, my pitch is already pretty good; it's got more than one person to start reading.


Nov. 30th, 2009 08:58 pm
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*looks out, dazed at the bright light as she crawls back out into the word. World. I meant world.*

That's it. After trying three years, I made it on year 4. It was really all about pacing my self, but I still don't think I could have done it without taking those two weeks off work. But yeah. The words are finished, and the last line of the epilogue is written. There's one scene that's half finished because it was added because I meant to put it in, wasn't inspired at the time it was supposed to go in, then I needed words at the end, so went back and added it, and got halfway through before winning. There's also a couple characters I need to unkill, because they evolved into characters that don't die. so at this point, they have death scenes and then the story continues as if they hadn't died. That's nano. I'll fix it later.

That said, I do realize my approach to writing (outlining beforehand) does mean that the finished result, despite the lack of follow through on some of the deaths, is somewhat more coherent than much of what gets written during nano. Which may be a large part of why I've struggled with winning in previous years. I just can't bring myself to write something I *know* I'm going to cut. I can write something I don't know for sure if I'll keep, but I can't write something I know I won't. So all in all, though it needs a *really* good edit, I think the story could be definitely made publishable.


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