This is where I stand after this weekend's writing:
30150 / 80000 words. 38% done!
I suspect that the novel may be done under 80,000 words. I am merely using this as it was mentioned on the website that the novels should not exceed 80,000 words.
I have also been reading a lot of writers' blogs and have subscribed to several via RSS feed. Now all I have to do is open my Outlook and whomp! there it is. Articles and blogposts to read, print and file. Or not, as the case may be.
As I've also been reviewing over at my main site: http://www.myfavouritebooks.blogspot.com/ I've had the chance to start reading a lot more children's and YA books. It has been a revelation. The scope for telling a good story, across the board, has seemingly no limit. And the one sector of the publishing industry, which according to various sources, is still growing and showing promise, is that of the children's market. Also, of course, science fiction and fantasy. And romance - especially in the States with paranormal romance being one of the largest sections showing tremendous movement and interest.
I'd like to point out that any wannabe writer, who does not do his / her market research is shooting themselves in the foot. With a canon. I've read about some awful things some people do in order to get published. I list these below.
Common sense things NOT TO do when looking to be published:
- approaching agents who do not represent your type / genre of writing
- approaching agents before you and your book is not ready for professional scrutiny
- or employing an agency to approach agents on your behalf who then mass-mails it out to everyone on a massive list.
- stalking agents / publishers online via social media such as Twitter / Facebook
- finding out who your favourite author's agent is and then sending them your work saying: I am friends with....please consider my work...
- sending gimmicks to get a publisher / agent to notice your work
- not reading an agent / publishers remit on a) what type of writing they represent or b) not following the simple directions on these sites on how they want to be approached
The above are just a few items I've seen agents and publishers complain about on their sites and blogs. Can you imagine receiving 200 queries a DAY, the majority of which do not conform to what you've set out painstakingly on your site? No wonder agents and publishers don't bother reading your work! If they can't expect a new author to follow the rules, how difficult will she be when she becomes a client?
So, this "I'm back" blog post is getting a bit out of hand - but I enjoyed writing this. I will keep updating on here, with links to other writerly blogs etc. Because, you know, it's good to share!