If I were one of my characters, I’d say that 2018 was a monster from the depths of hell, but I am not, so I’ll just call it a terrible year and lock it up in my diaries.
Now about 2019…
A story is out there milling in the slush-pile of a publisher, another is lounging here in my desk-drawer, a couple are waiting to be yanked out of the dark recesses of my mind so that they find their true form. But being a writer-artist (or an artist-writer, depending on who rules the roost at the time of speaking,) makes the tussle even greater. When a story peeps out, the artist brandishes her brush and shoo-es it back in; and when the writer finally gets down to writing it, the artist seduces the writer with her colorful palette and the promises of an incredible visual treat.
I know that this struggles and tussles; these scuffles and skirmishes – they’ll go on…year after year. But this year, I promise to buckle my belt and pull up my boot-straps – I promise to go knocking at the doors of agents and publishers…five manuscripts is one too many.
Yonder worlds is my little world away from the terrifying big world that I live in, and I promise to seek solace here when the big world bares its teeth and snarls at me.
And now to end this post on a positive note, a friend gave me five books to read. One of them is “Strange Weather in Tokyo,” by Hiromi Kawakami. It’s a translation of a Japanese novella, a book intrinsically different from the kind of books I read, but I liked it – mostly like a coffee to break a hangover. I think I’ll write a short post about it.
Until the next post then…
If you have a story to tell release it to the world. As for the publishing world – Never give up. All you need is a yes and I have a feeling one will come soon.
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Thanks for your good wishes Bryan 🙂 I’m trying to stay focused on my goals…and one of them is to get at least one of my stories published the trad route. I have self-published four books but never tried knocking on the doors of agents and publishers.
It takes time but it also takes a plan. One thing to remember: Most agents pass on first time authors. It’s unfair but it’s a business. On the other hand small publishers who accept manuscripts directly from the author will give you a serious look.
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It’s a complex world out there…and scary too. However, self-publishing isn’t much better – you need to have the acumen to promote your book, and the perseverance too.
That is true. Go after the small publishers. You might find a current list. Do a search and see what you can come up with. If you come up empty drop me a line –
Thanks Bryan. I’ve removed your email id from the your comment to prevent spamming.