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In which I laugh at myself

Dramatic Reinactment:

LAST NIGHT: *headdesk* *headdesk* *headdesk* *headdesk* *headdesk* *headdesk* *headdesk* *headdesk* *headdesk* It's crap, it's crap, it's all fragmented pieces of nothing now and I can't take any more out of it without destroying the whole thing it's already ruined it's crap I don't know where to go I should just throw it all out and start over from scratch and ARGH!!!

THIS MORNING: No, wait. I think I know what to do. I can at least give it a try. I need to experiment. I'm glad I saved the whole original final draft. I have an idea. I can't wait to work on it.

THIS AFTERNOON: Ack!!! I have to write those stupid bios! Dang it!

Darn working for actual money instead of doing what I want for possible theoretical someday money.

So I have to wait to see if the experiment works.

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shipperx
May. 9th, 2006 01:13 am (UTC)
I feel your pain and understand your frustration. And something I learned from working on Autocad in architecture -- always but always save every, single draft until you're done. You might need it later.
wildrider
May. 9th, 2006 02:22 am (UTC)
The joy of word processing... (there was no way I wasn't going to keep the original final draft! I worked hard on that! ;-) )
doll_paparazzi
May. 9th, 2006 02:26 am (UTC)
Do you really want to hear what I think you should do with your book, Kats? ;)

Try to sell it as is. Really. Don't do anymore edits. Plaster your walls with rejection letters if that happens. Let them roll off your back. It took JK Rowling like three years to sell her first book. I only say this because I believe in you Kats, ok? :)

Love, Mercy!
wildrider
May. 9th, 2006 02:42 am (UTC)
I appreciate the vote of confidence! Only one problem there, though...

If it cost me $16 to print 40 pages, what is it going to cost me to print a 941 page manuscript?

Love the icon. Hee!

doll_paparazzi
May. 9th, 2006 03:24 am (UTC)
You don't send the entire manuscript usually to agents unless they ask for it specifically.

Take $30, buy the writer's guideline for 2006. Get your synposis ready per the guidelines. Pick out the agents that would like your book. Your synposis, depending on the agent, shouldn't be more than another 3-16 pages. Some agents only want a three page synop, some way chapter by chaper. You'll probably only find maybe 5-15 agents (average...this is guess). Some agents take pitched via email. That will save you right there as well.

Spend the $30! This is important. Or go to the library and borrow the book. You are talking about your future and your book.

When an agent is interested in reading your entire book THEN you print out your entire manuscript. Don't worry about the printing costs.

I think the most you would be putting out is probably $70, maybe, depending on how many agents you send that off to ($30 for the book, copying, postage, mailing envelopes and gas). That's one less pair of boots for you or two less dinners at Red Lobster (ok make that 3 dinners maybe not couldn't appetitizers). ;)

Personally, my future as a writer, where I spent over a year of my time writing a novel, is worth a little more than $70.

Sorry... I figure I would pitch the book as it is to as many people as possible. If it doesn't sell after all that, THEN I would edit it as that woman says and give it to her as a last ditch effort. I mean, what have you got to lose? It's better than rewriting the whole thing, giving it to her, and then having her go, "Oh, nevermind, I can't do anything." And you've just wasted months and months of your time. Who knows, maybe you can get an agent with the book as it is now without her?

Maybe I misunderstood something. And maybe I should just shut the fuck up too. I just want you to do well and to try. It's frustrating that I can't just look you in the eye and tell you how good of a writer you are and to tell you to just DO IT. You know?

I probably sound like a bitch. So I am stopping now. Sorry again. :(
wildrider
May. 9th, 2006 04:19 am (UTC)
Hey, any advice is good advice. You are right - but I have to listen to a professional editor when she says I'm not ready to sell a 950-page book, and no publisher is going to look at a book that large from an untried author. I can't expect to sell something as large as "Jonathan Strange" when I'm a nobody - Susanna Clarke at least had an "in" at the publishing company. :-)

As for my future as a writer, bear in mind I've already spent far more than that on this book - remember last year's writing contest? I know it's good. I just want it to be the best it can be.
doll_paparazzi
May. 9th, 2006 04:28 am (UTC)
That's cool, Kats. I just don't trust one opinion. If you won that contest at 950 pages, I don't quite understand why she's telling you to cut it down to 500 pages.

Now, I'm all for re-editing something down if YOU feel it needs to be cut down. But that's like almost half of your book. :( And I've been seeing your comments about your book... you feel it's perfect now. I don't understand.

Yes you are a brand new writer, but a lot of brand new writers get published with HUGE first books. In my writer's group, Danielle has a whopper she's working on. We're not even HALFWAY through her book and she's probably 500 pages into her book. She's not remotely worried. Publsihers will take on larger books if the story and writing is strong. Just make your pitch, your book and writing strong. I wouldn't worry about it being 951 or whatever it is. Honest.

When I spoke to the people over here about size, professionals, they all told me not to worry about it. If you are writing Young Adult, I think you have to worry, because there are limitations (unless you are JK Rowling). But for every rule, there is someone that has soundly broken it. I dunno... I would still try it. What's the worse than can happen? If you don't try your still in the same boat as if you get rejected by the agents, only you just don't try those agents again, right?

Meh... sorry. :(

I think you should just pitch the book to at least five other agents.
wildrider
May. 9th, 2006 04:49 am (UTC)
Hey, there's nothing to fear. Remember, I have the original draft. I always will. ;-)

It's actually a good thing to think about, you know.
doll_paparazzi
May. 9th, 2006 04:52 am (UTC)
Ok. I'm glad. :)

*hugs
sillymagpie
May. 9th, 2006 03:32 am (UTC)
If you are excited and think your revisions will improve the book, go for it. If not, take a step back, and wait before you dive back in.
wildrider
May. 9th, 2006 04:19 am (UTC)
Yep.
typographer
May. 9th, 2006 05:44 pm (UTC)
This is one of the reasons I have so many projects going at once. To wit: I hit a snag in chapter 14 of the fantasy novel, banged my head on the desk for a while, and the characters for another story that's been hung up a while finally started jabbering.

But at this point, I suggest a judicious application of chocolate.
wildrider
May. 10th, 2006 12:48 am (UTC)
But I have several things going. Too many, in fact, to have time to write any of them. :-( Thus I try to focus on at least one or two at once.
typographer
May. 11th, 2006 07:06 am (UTC)
I didn't suggest more projects. I mentioned how my projects distract me, yes, but I specifically suggested chocolate. :P
wildrider
May. 11th, 2006 01:00 pm (UTC)
I understood! I was just trying (weakly) to explain myself. :-)

I'm trying to eschew chocolate, though. At least for a while. The weight she reduces slowly...
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