Friday, May 29, 2009

Garlic Roasted

Before the Book Roast blog went dark, our beloved Head Chef Chris asked us to roast our WIPs.

So here's Garlic.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Garlic Submissions

The submissions process is off to a slow start, but a start nonetheless. It will pick up steam soon, but I need one more weekend to have this manuscript where I want it to be for this part of the writing journey.

Submissions and responses can take a long time. The longest response time I've recorded so far was over 400 days. That's more than a year to hear back on a manuscript that was requested by the editor in question. Have to admit the time between editor's request and actual submission was much longer than a year. It wasn't ready and life happened a lot in the intervening time.

Writing - excellent practice at delayed gratification.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Garlic Rewritten

There comes a time when I just have to make a change that I really don't want to.

Today was the day that I chopped, hacked and otherwise dismantled 5 chapters of Garlic. After those pages were put back together, they were only 3 chapters long. And the timeframe covered shortened from 2 weeks to 2 days. Editing is still required for the whole manuscript, but at least this one issue is resolved in a way that will, hopefully, make it more palatable to a reading public (but first - the agents/editors/publishers).

Note: Revised timeframe to 4 days. Gotta have some wiggle room.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Garlic Synopsis

I spent a week in boot camp. Not the military kind and this one was done on my computer while sitting at my desk. Erica Orloff ran a synopsis boot camp last week. I ended up with 1515 words of a Garlic synopsis - edited down to 1490 this week.

What I learned: A good synopsis is a short story in and of itself and not a string of "this happens" and "then this happens". Getting descriptions from your novel into the synopsis is a great way to add flavor. Synopses should not be boring.

Easier said then done, but it wasn't the impossible task I'd thought it would be.