I had planned to write this exactly one week after I officially started, but a nasty cold gobsmacked me (please do not bandy about the word ‘flu’, I am optimistically denying the possibility that this yuck is a flu).
So, here I am a tad late with my ‘what I learned’ post. Let’s see, I think my official start was the tenth, and it’s now the nineteenth, so just a couple of days late. Not too bad.
Now, where was I going with this…? Right, what I learned this week (besides realizing that tissues with lotion are worth their weight in gold).
- There are some fantastic world builders out there. Reading some unique and vastly different takes on parallell universes and fairy kingdoms made me remember why my first love is Fantasy.
- The first five pages really are very important to ‘sell’ your story. Looking for advice on this I found this article by Hilari Bell, which I highly recommended to at least one author. Note it was written in 2007, so this isn’t a ‘new’ trend. (And I love the title! – Doghouse on Malibu Beach: What you should, and shouldn’t, put in the first five pages of your manuscript.)
- As I suspected, saying ‘no’ is difficult, but it it’s not working, it’s not working.
- Sometimes people read that we are interested in ‘first time authors’ as ‘first drafts from authors’ or ‘first ever finished piece’. While there are first drafts/first stories which are great and ready to submit, that number is very small, and the vast majority will benefit from beta readers/critique partners/heavy editing.
- I have a great group of co-acquisitions editors who love to read.
In this next week I’m looking forward to reading more submission and getting over this cold. My anticipation for both is equally high, which says something about how much I am enjoying this! And I’m still waiting for that story that zings my interest. A couple were close, but not…quite…there.