Writing Journal: Year 2 Day 1

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So.  I decided to do these journals by year and day rather than just starting the numbering over or continuing it on.

The Agent

First up – news that I broke on Twitter – I have an agent now.  After a slew of rejections, some form, some not, Mr. Bob Mecoy called to say he wants to rep the book.  He’s excited, which feeds my own excitement.  This happened the week of Christmas, and Bob gave me a couple of writing assignments that caused me some stress: synopses.

On the 17th, my writers group had our meeting.  I took a book I bought, Mike Resnick’s I have this nifty idea, now what do I do with it?  The book contains outlines for science fiction and fantasy novels which real authors (new and old) used to sell their books to major publishing companies.  After the meeting, we had our holiday party and I passed the book around.  Someone asked if they could borrow it til the January meeting.  I didn’t see a reason not to, so I said yes.

Then Bob called a couple days later and wanted a new pair of synopses.  Sigh.

I don’t know why writing a synopsis is so much harder than writing 95,000 words and a complete story.  But it is.  I sought some advice and tips from authors I know and then got to work.

The gist of the advice:

  • Make the synopsis exciting, lots of wow
  • Don’t worry, you won’t be held to it
    • Agents/Editors/Publishers want to see that you have a plan & can execute it
  • Don’t cram it with details
    • People can fixate on details
  • Emphasize the highlights

Doing my best to relax and not obsess, I wrote out a pair of synopses and sent them along.

The Super Sekret Novel Projekt

If you look in the sidebar of this website, you will find various writing projects that I’ve got in the queue.  You won’t find the ‘Untitled Novel’ I’ve been working on listed anymore.  I’ve decided to take it out of the sekret pile and bring it into the light.

When I finished Samantha Kane: Into the Fire, there were a lot of projects I could’ve worked on, and I did.  A little.  But I felt a momentum with Sam that I didn’t want to lose.  So I opened up a new Scrivener project and started Sam’s next adventure, currently titled: Cold as Ice.

As of this writing, I am 61,930 words into the first draft.  I am pushing to complete the draft of 95,000 words by Jan 31.

~P

2 comments for “Writing Journal: Year 2 Day 1

  1. January 1, 2012 at 11:40 am

    So, 2/3 of the way there? Good form!

  2. January 1, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    I love how agents operate now, either by phone or by email. When I first got an agent, I almost didn’t open the package. It was big, kind of like the material I had sent out. In fact, it was my SASE! I figured, “Oh, you’re back again,” and laid in on the desk for a couple of days while I did other things. Eventually I opened it to see if the MS was still in good enough shape to send out again, and hey–that’s not my story, that’s a contract!

    Now it’s all so personal and casual. Congrats on finding your agent. Hope you boys make some serious success together.

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