Last night, I was browsing RD when I came across a link to Liquid Silver’s Satisfy Our Naughtier Side contest. (This is actually what prompted me to help Pet with her synopsis — I showed it to her because she’d been talking to me about an erotic romance novel she was going to sub to Ellora’s Cave.)
Of course, now I’m thinking: Hmm. I could submit Res …
The due-date? June 1st.
The first two chapters are polished. I just need to go over the third and write a — *gulp* — synopsis. (Gods, I hate those.)
And I need to come up with a better title — Resurrection was only a working title. But that’s not entirely necessary, I don’t think. At least not right now.
My gods. I feel so dead right now. Okay. Lemme backtrack a bit.
Yesterday (Saturday), I wrote a lecture for the class I’m teaching at Evo, which was a few hundred words. I also wrote two chapters in Stronger. One mostly just needed editing, but the other needed rewriting. So 1151 there. I also wrote 262 words in the next chapter.
Today, I wrote a book review (515 words), revised two chapters of Resurrection (about 5.5k), finished the Stronger chapter (adding 1244 words, totalling at 1506), and rewrote a friend’s synopsis (about 770 words).
My. Fucking. Gods.
I feel so dead.
Agent Kristin Nelson posted about novel length trends the other day, sprurring an interesting discussion in the comments thread.
Some while ago, I heard — and for the life of me, I can’t remember who said it, but I’m pretty sure it was an industry professional or an author — that publishers were wanting shorter and shorter books, even in SF/F. I believe the stated “recommended” wordcount was between 80k – 100k, though the writer mentioned that shorter wasn’t out of bounds.
This concerned me, because I’m going to be adding a fair amount of material to Stronger than the Night, and I could easily see it hitting 120k.
So when I hit this comment from Jennifer Jackson, I was quite pleased. Consider she’s one of the major SFF agents out there … yeah. Not going to worry too much about the whole wordcount thing.
*major sigh of relief*
I figure by now most everyone has heard of the hullabaloo surrounding Barbara Bauer and Absolute Write. If you haven’t, check out Making Light for the full scoop.
Because I strenuously object to this level of idiocy, I’m posting the list here.
THE TWENTY WORST AGENTS LIST
* The Abacus Group Literary Agency
* Allred and Allred Literary Agents (refers clients to “book doctor” Victor West of Pacific Literary Services)
* Capital Literary Agency (formerly American Literary Agents of Washington, Inc.)
* Barbara Bauer Literary Agency
* Benedict & Associates (also d/b/a B.A. Literary Agency)
* Sherwood Broome, Inc.
* Desert Rose Literary Agency
* Arthur Fleming Associates
* Finesse Literary Agency (Karen Carr)
* Brock Gannon Literary Agency
* Harris Literary Agency
* The Literary Agency Group, which includes the following:
Children’s Literary Agency
Christian Literary Agency
New York Literary Agency
Poets Literary Agency
The Screenplay Agency
Stylus Literary Agency (formerly ST Literary Agency)
Writers Literary & Publishing Services Company (the editing arm of the above-mentioned agencies)
* Martin-McLean Literary Associates
* Mocknick Productions Literary Agency, Inc.
* B.K. Nelson, Inc.
* The Robins Agency (Cris Robins)
* Michele Rooney Literary Agency (also d/b/a Creative Literary Agency and Simply Nonfiction)
* Southeast Literary Agency
* Mark Sullivan Associates
* West Coast Literary Associates (also d/b/a California Literary Services)
I haven’t managed to get much done the past few days. Started in on Chapter 13 late Tuesday night, but only got about 375 words done. Morgan had come down with a pretty bad cold — he ended up calling out of work — and I was starting to catch it myself.
Felt better the next morning after I got some sleep, though. I was feeling unusually social and restless, so decided to go out to Club Hell, a goth club down in Providence. Morgan didn’t come along, cause he was still feeling pretty crappy.
But… I love my male. As I’m walking out the door: “Have fun! Hook up with a hot wench!” LOL.
So danced for awhile, realised for the millionth time that no, I’m really not into guys 🙄 and left when the club closed around 1-ish. Was much fun, and my legs are nowhere near as bad off today as I thought they’d be. So, woohoo!
Figure I’ll start to do a bit of work on revising Resurrection and then start on Stronger this evening 🙂
Didn’t get anything done yesterday outside of the chapter that kept me up way too late. 🙄
I think I’m fighting off a cold or something, because I’m sleeping a bit more and waking up feeling crappy. So far, though, it doesn’t seem to have hit me badly. *crosses fingers and hopes it stays that way*
Finished Chapter 12 at 1281 tonight. I could do more, but I think I’m settled with that. My fibro was acting up bad enough today for me to take a pain pill, so I’m a bit fuzzy. Not too badly, but I think I’ll kick back and play World of Warcraft for awhile. 🙂
How’s your day been?
Finished Ch. 11. I ended up doing a fair amount of editing. I added about 500 words — and then deleted about that much. 🙄
On the bright side, I think I can sleep now …
Insomnia’s not an uncommon problem for me. It’s nowhere near as much of one for me as it is for some people — I know folks who can’t get more than three or four hours of sleep a night because of it.
Now, I’ve had lots of different reasons for insomnia. What’s most common is that I’m just not tired. Or that I’m worried. Or that I hurt. Or that I got distracted reading a book or playing a game or something and hit the “overtired” point. 🙄
But… I don’t think I’ve ever been unable to get to sleep before because I couldn’t stop thinking about the damn WIP.
Toss. Turn. Book. Toss. Turn. Book. Toss. Turn. Write. No go sleep. Write. Toss. WRITE. Turn. BOOK. Toss. BOOK. Turn. WRITE.
After a good twenty minutes of this, I finally said screw it and got up.
So here I am, starting to work on another chapter. 🙄
Not like I’m complaining about progress, but … uh … I’d like to sleep sometime!
Edited Chapter 09 earlier this afternoon, which resulted in about 228 added words. Then wrote 1101 words and finished Chapter 10 this evening. Whee!