The SQUEE GOOD NEWS Thread

Because that novel isn't going to delay itself
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Post by Mark.W.Carson » August 15th, 2013, 11:24 pm

I got convinced by a few friends to do WriteonCon this year despite last year not going so well for me (Still working on the same manuscript, into the 3d year for me)

I listed my book as a WIP, as per courtesy guidelines, and though excited for my friends showing off their nicely polished finished babies, I sat there on the sidelines feeling a bit despondent for not having finished in time to enjoy everything about the con.

Then I get home, check my phone, and saw I had a private message. I got a ninja's attention. I got a partial request from an unfinished manuscript and she's willing to wait.

WOOO!

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Post by Beethovenfan » August 23rd, 2013, 5:26 am

Mark, that is fantastic! What a great thing to come home to. Please keep us informed with what happens, and what comes of it all!
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Post by Mark.W.Carson » September 6th, 2013, 1:31 pm

Thanks, Beethoven.

Here's the full scoop.

I sent the first bit of my story, which was in rewrite mode and only had 13 pages. She was like "What? Where's the rest of it?" (In an eager way, not an insulted/insulting way). I explained that I had just started a rewrite because I had a bunch of changes I wanted to make to make the voice more distinct. I changed the opening recently. She was understanding, and I told her I'd understand if she wanted to back out now and there'd be no hard feelings.

She assured me she was still interested and wanted to get the 50 requested pages as soon as I had them. I hunkered down and got her the 50 pages in under a week, and didn't hear back. After I sent them, I decided I did not like a part of the magic system (very minor)

I informed the agent I had decided to make that change after she did get back to me... by upgrading her request to a full on completion.

I was happy with that. I'm not nearly as pressed to make it to the end, but only due to lack of time. I am hoping to get this book done (estimating about 85K words) as soon as say Dec.

She was so wonderful through this, understanding that she may not be ideal for me or vice versa, and that was what the process was about, and that we had to both be on board with the story, which she said she loved thus far.

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Post by JohnDurvin » November 16th, 2013, 2:45 pm

Not exactly writing news, but I'm going back to school to get my master's degree in Library & Information Science. I'm almost done with my first semester, and I'm doing great; apparently it's all coming pretty naturally to me. The only problem is, while world-building continues (I'm up to Rowling and Tolkien levels of detail at this point), I never seem to have the level of concentration I need to actually write my American-folklore-fantasy-YA-adventure series, and I don't see it happening anytime soon. Well, anyway, at least I'm well on my way to a job besides entry-level retail.
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Post by Philabuster » June 24th, 2014, 1:04 am

I have been waiting a long time to post in this thread.

Several years ago I came here for answers on a novel I was working on. Since then, I have shelved that novel, written another one, and pressed publish for the first time. My debut novel THE REVERIE is now available on Amazon here:http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L00WBE2#, and I couldn't be more proud of it. I've already started writing a series of novellas which I plan on publishing for $0.99 each, as well as another novel which I'm about 35k words into (first draft), but my debut is up and live.

It's been two long years shaping this novel, rewriting, editing, taking critiques, and repeating the process over again until it was just right. None of which would be possible without the help and support of fellow Bransford forum posters, so thank you all dearly.

Can't wait to publish more, but at least I have to all-important first book out.

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