Big doings recently in the publishing industry. First John Scalzi and the folks at the Science Fiction Writers of America got their hands on a copy of the contract terms offered by Random House’s recently-created eBook-only Hydra imprint. This led to a couple of scathing blog posts from Scalzi and the formal announcement from SFWA that Hydra is no longer a qualifying publication for membership, and the recommendation that authors stay away. The same goes for Alibi, Hydra’s sister imprint for mystery works, and presumably for all the Random House eBook imprints, though SFWA wasn’t willing to make that official because they hadn’t actually seen contracts.
There followed a letter from Allison Dobson, Random House’s digital publishing director, in which she assured SFWA (and prospective writers–this was, after all, an open letter) that Hydra, and Random House, aren’t trying to rip anybody off, that it is in fact a “different – but potentially lucrative – publishing model for authors: a profit share,” and also can’t everybody just talk about this? Continue Reading
I got another rejection slip for Volve (my first novel, and no it’s not in any way related to the female anatomy) yesterday. I’m back to square one of selling the book. This weekend I’m going to make a few more adjustments, and Monday or Tuesday new query packages will go to a few more agents and publishers.
It’s not a big deal, really. I send these things out expecting to be rejected. Not because the book is bad (it’s not) but because the odds are just so heavily against new writers, especially in the current economy. I just have to keep trying. In the meantime I’m working on my second book (it’s about 80 pages long or so far now, and nearing the end of act 1, I think). If, God forbid, Volve never finds a buyer, maybe the second book will. After that it becomes a LOT easier to sell Volve.
But for the moment, I will indulge in a single small:
I’m not a believer in New Year’s resolutions; in fact, I’ve gained about 3 pounds in the past few days just to make a point. The whole “New Year” thing is just an arbitrary system for recording hitory. Woo-hoo, the Earth went around the sun again!
But I’m thinking this year I might give it a go. I have a few things I’d like to improve, so why not? If nothing else, I figure January 1, 2008 gives me a convenient starting point to know how long I was successful.
To start with, I’m going to try and post to this blog a little more often. I actually have some readers here (though I’m pretty sure every single one of them is just waiting for more photos of Jessica Alba’s ass) and I seem to post less than four times a month. So I’m not going to vow daily posts or anything, but I’ll try and keep this fresher. Most will be my thoughts etc, but I’ll try and slip in sexy photos here and there, just to keep my fans happy. I’m just not expecting much out of Ms. Alba for the next 9 months or so.
Secondly (and more importantly) I’m going to concentrate more on my writing career. For years now I’ve worked in fits and starts, and though I’ve had a promising start with some interest from a publisher in my first novel, I am working so slowly it would take me centuries to achieve any kind of success. So I’m going to focus more on what’s important, spend less time with hobbies and World of Warcraft, and make progress. I’m totally opposed to silly goals that I don’t have control of like “I’m going to get published this year,” but I think I can aspire to a 3-pages-a-day output, MOST days. That’s something I do have control over.
So in the meantime, I’m going to put up a couple of celeb-worship posts today. Enjoy.
Sending off six more query packets to various lit agents tomorrow. My brother did a super read-through of Volve (well, he half-did it… but he can work on the second half while I edit the first in accordance with his comments) that’s really helpful. I’m still hoping I can get a good agent who will help me connect with a larger publisher, though. We’ll see how that goes.
In the meantime, not much progress on “Untitled Novel #2” in the past few days; I’ve been struck by the urge to write here and there, but haven’t sat down and given it any time. Bought a new printer today, so maybe the ability to put the words on actual paper will motivate me to churn some more out. I have to get past that concept of writing when I feel like it and behave more like a pro, writing because it’s my job. Maybe tomorrow.