sometimes, the universe swots your nose

Last night, I had all but decided to scrap the first novel, for values of scrap equalling shelving it and not bothering any more agents with a query letter for it. The reason being that, although I still love this novel as much as I ever did, it has a lot of strikes against it. Firstly, length. Did I mention it's freaking enormous? Did I mention I haven't had a novel published before, and that makes its enormosity a larger strike against it? Also, there was some daunting happening, what with the sheer number of revision issues piling up in the lee of my backbrain like rubbish in a river bend. So much to do! And not typos or scene edits, either, but large-scale structural issues.

This morning, however, there was an email in my inbox asking how I was going with it, had any good news yet? Which might not sound like much, but this wasn't an email from a close acquaintance or family member; this was from someone I've never met, who read the novel for me a couple of months ago and is genuinely hopeful that I'll manage, somehow, to sell it. Sometimes, the opinions of strangers are easier to trust than those of people closeby. And, you know, as Tess so rightly pointed out to me, trusting my own (often critical and over-analytical) thoughts on this might not be either the wisest or even the sanest path to choose.

So I've spent this afternoon revamping my query letter (for lo, the previous query letter did suck, mightily). I think I've even managed to concoct something I like, which is a little surprising. If I still like it tomorrow, I'll start sending out a handful more queries.

In the meantime, I guess it's time to start considering those revision issues more seriously.

Also? I've decided it's time to redesign the website. (In for a penny, in for a pound. Sure, I can revise a superfreakinglong novel and redesign a website and write a new novel in July. What makes you think I can't?)

Save me now. Please.

5 thoughts on “sometimes, the universe swots your nose

  1. Deb, have you read "A Decent Proposal" by Robin Whitton and Sheila Holingsworth?

    I'm half-way through it and – although I don't agree with everything it says and it is a bit thin on some things – it certainly provides a lot of useful information about approaching publishers.

    And if you're novel is "freaking enormous" is there any way you could spilt it into two? How big is "freaking enormous"?

  2. Oops! Sorry. Forgot to check name spelling (I assumed I knew) tut tut.

    Hollingworth is correct spelling

    And can you believe it, it's Rhonda not Robin.

    A double blush.

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  3. Tess: Bingo. Got it in one.

    Chris: No, I've not read that one. I'll chase up a copy if I can, although double or nothing my local library won't have it. Ah well, the university library might. As for the novel: it's 240,000 words. So, not Lord of the Rings, but not normal sized either šŸ˜‰ Luckily for me, it has a natural breakpoint at the 140k mark and is essentially, with a bit of judicious rewriting, a duology in the making. Thus the comments in my post about structural issues.

  4. "A Decent Proposal" is Australian too.

    Cool about the split! Nothing like a sequel to line the pockets. I'm sure Harry Potter would be an obscure little children's book if it had have been just the one book.

    You could also take a lead from Douglas Adams (who had a "Trilogy in four parts") and have a trilogy in two parts. šŸ˜€

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