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Reading, Writing, and 'Rithmatic.

Jillian wanted me to pass on to everyone, thanks for all the birthday wishes! She had a great party, and is now sitting quietly on the couch, reading book something-or-other of the Twilight series. That novel is huge -- the author must come from the J.K. Rowling School of Sequel Writing. :-)

Speaking of writing, I've submitted the first chapter of my story Storm Chaser to the Firebrand Literary Agency (http://www.firebrandliterary.com/), which is holding a one month "query holiday". This was passed on to me by agdhani; basically, through January 15th they'll take a look at the first chapter of anyone's completed novel, without the writer needing to tear their hair out trying to compose that all-important perfect query letter. Personally I think my query letters aren't too bad, but I'd rather have my story stand on its own, rather than on my ability to boil the essence of both the novel and myself down to less than a page.

And what are my chances? Well, since the holiday began, one agent has received 1,600 submissions! The month is only half over, and she already has to read 1,600 chapters .... so far she's read 189, and asked for 11 full submissions. So not great odds, but no worse than anywhere else in the publishing industry.

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frickangel
Dec. 30th, 2008 07:02 am (UTC)
I'm also guessing that out of the 189 she's read, probably 80% of 'em have never done any major writing, or asked for editing, or know whether or not they can write. And half of them probably think that by using big, flowery, and bombastic words maketh them a fantastic writer.
ozma914
Dec. 31st, 2008 09:05 am (UTC)
So you mean ... she's getting submissions from the woman who writes "Twilight"? (kidding! Well, sort of.)

I certainly do hear a lot of horror stories about the kind of crap agents and editors have to wade through ... I try to make my writing rise above the crap by not *being* crap.
petzipellepingo
Dec. 30th, 2008 09:43 am (UTC)
Well good luck! There have often been successful authors found under conditions like that.
ozma914
Dec. 31st, 2008 09:06 am (UTC)
Yes, there have! Plus, there's always the possibility that I might get spotted by a talent scout while walking my dog. :->
curiouswombat
Dec. 30th, 2008 10:19 am (UTC)
Best of luck with it.
ozma914
Dec. 31st, 2008 09:07 am (UTC)
Thanks much!
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ozma914
Dec. 31st, 2008 09:07 am (UTC)
I'll send it on!
angelus2hot
Dec. 30th, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
belated Happy Birthday wishes to your daughter and good luck to you on your book!
ozma914
Dec. 31st, 2008 09:07 am (UTC)
Thanks, to both!
spankulert
Dec. 30th, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
Open submission probably draws in a lot of people that really can't write, so I doubt your chances are that bad. Good luck in any case!
ozma914
Dec. 31st, 2008 09:08 am (UTC)
Thanks! It seems like writing draws a lot of people who really can't write -- go figure. :-)

Edited at 2008-12-31 09:08 am (UTC)
ubiquirk
Jan. 1st, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year! And best of luck with the submission.
ozma914
Jan. 2nd, 2009 05:47 am (UTC)
Happy New year to you too, and thanks!
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