So it’s been radio silence around here for a bit, huh? I figure that’s going to happen from time to time as I get busy with projects. Once I get into a story that I’m working on, I like to put my head down and focus all my energy on that, and not deviate even for things that I probably should be doing (like writing blog posts, or brushing my teeth).
If you follow me on Twitter, then you probably already know the reason for this radio silence was because I’ve been working on finishing Plague City 2. I’m happy to report that after 2 editing passes, I’ve handed off draft 3 to beta readers for feedback (Hi dad!).
Under no circumstances do I think it’s perfect and ready to publish. I still sneak a peek at it and find lines that I want to rework. But at this point, it’s time to get a second opinion or two on the actual story.
I’m finding that I’m in the same position I was in when I finished writing the first Plague City and was on the fence about whether I should actually publish the thing. I like the story, but I don’t know if anyone else will. I often find as I work on a story I will go through high periods of absolutely loving the story, followed by low periods of thinking it’s the worst piece of crap I’ve ever written and question why I am even still putting valuable could-be-working-on-something-better time into it. Lather, rinse, repeat.
So the best thing to do is to let someone else tell me what they think and go from there – otherwise I might never publish anything.
While I wait for feedback to come in and put some time between myself and Plague City 2 for a fresh look at it in a week or so, I plan to start looking at the novel I completed before I got into this crazy self-publishing game. This is the middle-grade novel I was shopping around to agents toward the end of 2012. It’s tentatively called Saving George’s Light, but I don’t like that name and will more than likely change it before all is said and done. (Fun fact: it’s actually the manuscript you can see in my blog header image.)
As far as the agents go, there was some interest expressed in George’s Light, but let’s just say I still hold the publishing rights to it at the moment. I don’t mind the rejection letters; what irks me most is sending out my manuscript and receiving nothing at all in reply, as if it’s not worth their time to even send a form letter. But that’s another blog post entirely – and one I probably shouldn’t write.
My goal is to have George’s Light published in summer 2013, but I want to make sure it’s perfect before sending it out into the big scary world. I know it’s clean from an editing standpoint, but after all the rejection, I feel the need to do another read through just in case I was missing something everyone else was picking up on (which I doubt because it’s perfect and I’m perfect and everything I touch turns to gold thank you very much).
So that’s the plan for now. I’ll try to keep the blog updated more often – but you and I both know that’s probably not going to happen 😉