Monday, December 19, 2011

New plan

That's right, I have a new plan. So, I have been getting rejected left and right. I don't even think my book is really being given a chance. I don't blame anyone. What can an agent do? They're inundated with query letters, receiving hundreds every week. It's cool, because it's given me time to take a breath and look around, check out my options. What I'm seeing is that self-publishing is no longer the bad idea it may have been several years ago. Pairing e-books w/ print-on-demand paperbacks is actually a viable option. More and more people are shopping for their books online, so it isn't necessary to be out in the stores; writers who are working hard are able to make a profit while selling their books at considerably lower prices than authors writing for a big publishing house. I'm not saying I won't pursue a publishing contract, but...

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Shopping

Christmas shopping. Two words. So simple. If only the actual process could mirror the simplicity.

I went for the second round of Christmas shopping for my wife tonight. She has school in the evening, so I loaded up the kids and headed out to the mall. I went one night last week and made it through a little more than an hour, and one purchase, before heading home to get the girls to sleep. I was determined to make this night different.

Didn't happen. I upped my time at the store by double, but still made the same amount of purchase. Shouldn't the word be purchases, for grammar's sake! Maybe, but I only made one, so I will not add the s. I refuse. It mocks me with its superior air of plurality. No, I didn't make much headway in the gift department, but I wouldn't call the night a total failure.

Can a night be a total failure when it ends with chocolate? I don't think so.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Today is Tuesday.

I thought I had nothing remarkable to write today, but then I is Tuesday.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Good News/Bad News

Good News:  I sent out another query letter. Felt really good about this one.

Bad News:  It was rejected in just under six minutes. Okay, it took about a day, but it felt like five minutes and thirty-eight seconds.

Good News:  I am becoming more experienced as a writer. Seasoned if you will. I'm like a juicy steak, marinating in a pan of juicy, oozing ideas.

Bad News:  I'd rather eat a steak than be one. It could be dangerous. I live near several dogs.

Good News:  At least I have this blog and all the comments I get to comfort me.

Bad News:  I haven't told anyone about the blog. So no one's seen it.

Good News:  I found this really cool website called authonomy where authors get together and share in a lively critique of each other's writing.

Bad News:  It's kind of a popularity contestish type thing. "Hey, buddy, I loved your book. How are you not published yet? Now could you take a look at mine? It's currently ranked in the top 25 and could really use your help! By the way, I gave you six stars."

Good News:  I've recently found Parks and Recreation on Netflix. Wonderful.

Let's end on a good note. Hasta la hasta.