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I don’t like Mondays.

The podcast over on Litopia is a great source of interesting little tidbits that can educate any aspiring writer about the world of publishing. One of those little facts I learned from Peter Cox is that Friday is a “reading day” in the publishing industry, when agents catch up on submissions and slush pile material gets considered. The unfortunate consequence of that, I’m sure, is that rejection notices get sent out on Mondays. And if your submission happens to be via e-mail? Well – this Monday morning e-mail rejections were sitting in my Inbox when I started work .

At least I know why the week began on such a downer, but there is cold comfort in the knowledge.
Why can’t agents follow-up “reading Friday” on a “rejection Tuesday”? 🙁

Add comment November 10th, 2008

The life of a wordsmith goes on…

So the rejection came back this morning. They certainly move fast in that agency; it seems my tardiness on this occasion didn’t sit well with that admirable ethic after all.

To be frank, I didn’t expect a request for a full. You just get so used to rejection slips (not that I’ve had that many) that, for the sake of your mental well-being, you discount the possibility of an agent actually liking the submission. That thinking caught me out this time.

Ah well, lesson learned!

So while I consider what do with Broken Evolution now, whether and which agents to try, it’s time to start planning the next novel.

Did you know that worldwide the money made by cyber-criminals outstrips the money made by the illegal drugs trade? I smell a novel in that little fact. Time for my new character, Ania, to get busy and meet an old character.

Life goes on.

Add comment October 14th, 2008

Evolution is over

The re-write and edit of my novel Broken Evolution is over, and has been sent to an agent who requested it. I hope the improvements will work in my favour, and the five week delay in getting to the agent won’t be held against me!

An interesting little irony – on the week that I finished Broken Evolution, the geneticist Steve Jones gave a lecture, saying that human evolution is over. Am I tapping a vein in the zeitgeist here? I suppose the premise of my book is that, while natural selection might be over, we might be embarking on a lateral step in human evolution instead. The theme came through nicely in the re-write, this time via the plot – where all themes should.

There was also the minor matter of a global economic meltdown during the week.

Evolution is over. Capitalism is dead.

Maybe Douglas Adams was right; it was a bad idea coming down from the trees in the first place. Time to go back up.

I’ll fetch my hammock …

Add comment October 10th, 2008

All quiet on the Cody front

I’ve been a bit quiet on my blog lately, but with reason. I’ve received a full manuscript request from an agent, so I’m busily tying up the last draft of Broken Evolution.

Normal service will resume shortly.

Fingers crossed!

Add comment September 15th, 2008

A robot took my submission!

So, today is submissions Monday. I have a handful of them lined up to send out. I made one submission on-line. Normally I only like posting them, even though I am a techophile. I received an e-mail confirmation response from a robot:

“Thank you for submitting your work to us!”

with the subject title:

“Submissions Robot – Do Not Reply”

It’s the personal touch that really makes this writing business, and what a far cry from the faceless, cold IT industry I yearn to forsake someday! Oh, the humanity!

Add comment August 25th, 2008

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