Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Cloudy and cold

I got over myself yesterday after awhile and went back to work.

Yesterday was spent putting the changes into the final polish of the manuscript. Since it’s only about 30 words shy of 100K, it took all day. The chapters for the submission package are in their file. I’ll do a polish on the outline, synopsis, one paragraph summary and logline today and it’s ready to go.

To answer Chad’s question, yes, it’s a manuscript that I’ve discussed here a lot, especially in the writing process. I’ve got interest in it now, even before the official query process has begun, and didn’t want to sit on it any longer, so I just sat down and did the final polish. Now, no matter what combination of submission materials any of the interested parties ask for (should the initial submission package not hit its mark), all I have to do is attach the correct file and hit “send”, which is the professional way to submit. You query, they ask for materials, you send it in the return mail. Don’t start querying until everything is DONE, or it will bite you in the butt. I don’t want to discuss it too much, because I don’t want to jinx it – so keep your fingers crossed.

However, spending a few days on a 100K manuscript is not something I’d avoid mentioning, since it took the bulk of those days!

It took all damned day, but it feels good to really have this piece in submission shape. I’m very enthusiastic about this piece, and hope it finds a home soon. The only real break was when U-Haul started their monthly harassment yet again – before eight o’clock in the morning, which is totally inappropriate – and I had to take a couple of hours in the afternoon to file some paperwork so that this will stop. As soon as I can afford to move everything out of my remaining unit I will, but right now, it costs just as much to move it to another unit in the good place, near me, as it does to move it to another state. And, since there’s furniture involved, I can’t do it myself or fit it all in my car. I’m looking for financially viable ways to get it done, but so far the expense is too high.

And that was my day, that and working out last night to get the kinks out from being huddled over the computer for most of the day, with the computer getting crankier and crankier as the day wore on. I was ridiculously paranoid about backing up.

This morning, I wrote an article and did a final cross-check on two articles about to go live.

If I can get to my friend’s place (the ice is really, really, REALLY bad), I’m going to go over and do laundry – let’s just say we’ve hit the point where it’s quite necessary. Can’t wait to have my own washer and dryer when I have a house!

I’ll pack a writing bag and maybe do some work on The Lucy Gothic while I’m there.

I did some overall plotting for the Jain Lazarus books – I’ve got an idea of the trajectory of the next four books, although I don’t have all the plot details down, and, while each will stand alone, they feed into the overall arc.

I re-read what I’ve got for THE BALTHAZAAR TREASURE last night (the second Gwen/Justin book). I’m throwing it out and starting over. It’s got some good ideas, but it’s reading more like a treatment or outline than an actual manuscript. There are ideas and situations, but no spark. One thing the Gwen/Justin books are good at is the whole spark effect. So, when I go back to it, at some point later this year, I’ll start over. It’s darker than the first one, with the third book being the darkest, and then the prequel (Gwen/Karl) is much more light-hearted, but you still see what caused the breach between them that’s discussed so much in TRACKING MEDUSA. Again, all four books will stand alone, but they feed into an overall arc.

Got to pack my writing bag and play with the cats for a bit before I attempt the ice-slicked roads of CT.


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  1. BE SAFE! Ice is scary!

    I can’t imagine editing a 100K ms. I’d tear my hair out. Mine run about 65-70K, and that’s plenty for me. My hat is off to you! And yes, I can imagine it’s a GREAT feeling to have it all polished! When will you start to submit?

  2. Drive safe! When it ices here, we stay home. 🙂

    Good luck on your submission!

  3. My manuscripts runs to 80k and that’s about right for me. Good luck with it!

    Be safe on the ice.

  4. Best wishes on your MS. I’m sure it will find the perfect home!

  5. Sending thoughts for safe travel for you!

  6. Can’t wait to meet up with Gwen, Justin and Karl again. There was another fantastic character – I forget the name now – vampire that fancied Justin – bit of a trouble maker if given the chance … I liked her a lot and hope there’s more to come from her, too.

    Safe journey!

    PS – thanks for the Tummy Trouble Tips. 🙂

  7. Thanks for the answer. You are absolutely right about having everything finished and polished before sending out queries. Agents and editors can smell out unprofessional writers instantly and they don’t waste their time. Good luck with the submissions.

    Be safe out on those roads.

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