Well, National Novel Writing Month is over (except for the TGIO party in 11 hours), and I will have a bit more time to devote to writing. Some status updates are in order:
National Novel Writing Month: I am the Municipal Liaison for the Central NJ Region of NaNo. This involves plenty of things, thus taking time away from writing and other writerly chores. I also, as the ML, also have to write a 50k novel. For that, I have chosen to work on expanding my 3DN Riddled Space entry from 2010 to a full-blown novel. Instead of rewriting it, I chose the strategy of writing bachstory and redoing some scenes, with the intent of redrafting the novel from scratch, pasting it up from those two source documents. I’ll document how it’s working here.
DOV Test Flight: It was submitted to an agent I met through Pitchaplaooza. Although they didn’t work in the book’s genre, the pitch appealled to them, and they offered to read it and pass it on. I got the feedback Thursday, and it was, on the whole, very positive. Although they and their agency did not deal in SF/Fantasy, I received not only two further references, but permission to use their name when pitching to one of the references. That is huge. DOV may still fail to get representation even with that boost up the ladder, but the best part came with the closing line: “You’re a terrific writer and I’m sure you’ll find a good home for this.” That is the next major task: researching the agents and sending DOV out.
Submissions: I’ve been exceptionally lax in this area, what with getting DOV flight-ready and doing the whole NaNo ML gig. But I did generate a Ray Bradbury pastiche that I am moderately fond of, and sent it off with six hours to spare. I have not been as assiduous with getting my previously rejected works back out on the street, with the exception of my Poe story. I sent it off to a market with a rather quick turn-around time, but they kept it for about three weeks. That either meant that they were thiiiiis close to accepting it, or it was stuck behind the electronic filing cabinet and they found it, like a 1943 postcard lost in the post office. Well, Poe is back, and I’m thinking of where to send it next.