17 May 2011

Weekly Goals - May 17, 2011

Time to bear down on this writing gig, and get some new material written...it's also become apparent to me that agents aren't going to be interested in The Cure, for whatever reason, so there's some decisions to be made.

Results for this week:

1. Finished Resurrection plot outline

And now the goals for this coming week:

1. 1000 words on a new short story
2. Submit "Collateral"
3. Submit "Generations"
4. Determine fate for my completed novel The Cure

Submission status for the week:

Short stories:
"Double Trouble" (since March 28)
"Generations" (need to re-submit)
"Some Assembly Required" (since April 23)
"Collateral" (need to re-submit)


  1. Is The Cure another Aston West novel? How many agents have you submitted it to? I know people who have submitted to nearly 200 before finding an agent. Good luck with the new short story. I love writing short stories. More instant gratification. I managed to meet my goal of finishing my Christmas story. I'm typing it now. Then I have to decide which of my two novel ideas I want to write. I thought I had decided, but then my first novel got accepted, so now I'm back to waffling between writing a third novel in that series (they'll surely take the second too, right?) or something different. Anyway, sorry to ramble on. Your candy bar is finally in the mail!

  2. The Cure is a non-Aston novel set in his universe (and for those who'll end up reading every one of my books, it does have a tie to the next Aston novel). I personally think the premise is a good one, but apparently agents don't. For better or worse, I've only submitted to 15 agents at this moment...but none have even given a nibble (in the form of a partial). Heck, I even had two partial requests for Friends in Deed...

    Received the candy bar...it was delicious. It was good that it came as a double-pack, as it made my wife's pilfering easier... :-P

  3. Glad you (and your wife) enjoyed the candy bar.

    15 agents is just a drop in the bucket. It may be a problem with the query letter. I know a writer who was getting no response who wrote a new query--didn't change the book a bit--and now he's getting full and partial requests all over the place and even a revision request this week. I'm no query expert, but if you want to send it to me, I could tell you what I think. I have written a couple which I guess were successful, because the publishers actually read the book. If you want, send it along.

  4. I'll take you up on that...as soon as I finish up a draft for this new story idea (since nothing has been coming forth for a while, best not interrupt that... ;-D ).


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