Hello Litopians and Happy New Year!
Sorry I haven't been around lately. Had another knock-back when my MS was rejected, but have now resolved to run it past an editor one more time. I've also found an interesting looking indie publisher which is asking for exactly the kind of MG series I'm writing. AND my new copy of W&A Yearbook has arrived, which is always cheering. Onward and onward :-)
My mind has been hijacked by Netflix and I now have two imaginary boyfriends duking it out: the murderous stalker from ‘You’ and the jealous pageant coach from ‘Insatiable’. I actually prefer the stalker in theory, but in practice, since I don’t have a death wish, the pageant coach’s inaccessibility makes him much more my style. I’m drawn to deep weakness. How fiction is born: thesis, antithesis, synthesis.
I've set aside fiction to work on my non-fiction, turning my brain off and ordering the 400 pages I've written over the past year and a half. All I have to do is sort it, stitch it, decorate it, and weave in a running theme to give it structure. I'm 200 pages in and still have faith that this will be readable! Ha. Did I mention that many of the 400 pages sound maniacal? Meh. I can always tone it down. This will work.
I’m starting my 2019 out by taking a short reading break after a 50k+ word sprint to finish my cyberpunk MS by the end of 2018. Editing should start in a few months, then querying. This one is remarkably better than any other MS, so fingers crossed that 2019 is my year.
I'd love to learn how you went about getting published by a big league author (apart from the obvious fact that your book is superb). What is the top level piece of advice you can give that could shift a good writer with a good novel into a novelist with a renowned publisher? Thanks.
On today's Pop-Ups there's YA fantasy from Andrew; Humorous Women's Fiction from Rachel; YA Alternate History Adventure from Andrew; Superhero fiction from ST; Horror/thriller from Matt and fantasy from Pete.
@AgentPete, what's the situation with copyright about postings that any of us make on the Colony? As I contemplate what to do with my five novels, I'm considering way of self-promotion, including re-activating my dormant WordPress blog, and it would be helpful to use some of the posts I uploaded to the Colony.
On today's Pop-Ups there's a murder mystery from Haydn, speculative fiction from Anirudh, a self-help memoir from Sona, horror/noir from Samuel, a thriller from Steve and new adult from Teriah. Join us live at 6pm!
We've just adopted a little tomcat, 12 weeks old, and our dog is spending every waking moment staring at this creature with such intensity that my head is threatening to explode. I'm absorbing our dog's anxiety and the kids have gone similarly nuts. They've even started waking up early to do their chores, just so that they can spend an extra five minutes staring at the kitten. This situation is not fostering writing.
On Sunday's Pop-Ups there's literary fiction from Michael, a (hairy!) memoir from Terry, urban fantasy from Mark, a political thriller from Jake, fiction from Mandy and a YA fantasy thriller from Alan. Join us! https://youtu.be/nLFTOcEGflY
My husband's theory about why my M/S hasn't found an agent yet is because in my 'world' telepathic communication between species is the norm. He thinks, if only the main protagonist has this power, agents might like it more. Sounds clichéd to me.
On today's Pop-Ups there's a mystery from Gerard, memoir from Lisa, a crime thriller from suzanne, literary fiction from Edward, historical intrigue from Alasdair and historical fiction from Gary. Join us at 6pm UK.