Friday, January 20, 2006

The Novel is Back On

There's nothing like the rush when you've got a story in you, and it starts working it's way out. I've got a rough outline of the novel. I know where it starts and where it ends and what happens in the middle. Of course, all that is subject to change once the actual writing is in progress. But that is what an outline is for, isn't it. Nothing like just jumping in there and doing it.

I guess it's all the pep talks you all are providing. Thanks Bob for the nudge. Bob says a writer is never unemployed. It's just a longer time between paychecks. Never thought of it quite like that. Still, I need traditional employment until this ship comes in. But I'm working on that as well.

From what I can gather, once you get an outline and a synopsis, you can pretty much write a book proposal to pitch to the publishers. If you are very good or very lucky, you might get an advancement against your royalties. So, in essence, you begin promoting your book before you ever get it written. Just the opposite of what I thought. But I'm researching it to the max.

Wish me luck. And if you can't get me on the phone, I'm here. Writing, blogging, workshopping my short stories on Zoetrope, and job searching. What did we do before the internet?

1 comment:

kim said...

Hi. I know I'm leaving a note on an old post so I hope you get notified when someone posts :) Thanks for pointing me here and good luck on your novel. I'm a little stunned that someone with such a faith-based life would care to read me when I don't/won't write about anything similar, but I guess I'm pleasantly stunned :)