Sly As A Fox

The backbone (read ‘rough draft of the main plot’) for the second Sylvia book is finished. I’m pleased with how the story goes. Now I just need to think out subplot complications and do the rewrites and edits.

Everyone writes differently. Everyone. I find I don’t like to write tons on my stories until I know for sure I like the way the story goes. So, the backbone has become important to me. Honestly, it’s not a new concept to the writing world. Usually it’s called ‘an extended outline’. But, 50k words is too long for an extended outline, in my opinion.

The story opens with Sylvia’s brother, Aaron, still working with the FBI. Only, he’s undercover. And he’s missing. She goes after him, in true Sylvia fashion. And nothing will stop her, even if she loses everything.

On The Sly, the first book in the series, is still out looking for a home in the publishing world. I’m getting offers, but I’m picky. I soooo believe in this series that I can’t let just anyone have it. I know you understand.

Now I’m going to set Sly as a Fox aside and let it ferment new subplot ideas, while I pursue another book in the Sentient series, another series I care a lot about.

Some Great News for Sentient Fans

The publisher for Sentient, Lands Atlantic, has decided to pick up Insurrection as well. A contract has been signed. Accordingly, Insurrection is no longer for sale in its current form. A date hasn’t been set yet for when it will become available through Lands Atlantic.

Also, Lands Atlantic has made tentative queries concerning more books in the series, and I’m penning ideas for the next book.

More info coming later.

When Grief Settles

As writers, we write. Truthfully, we can’t function normally unless we do. Something in our wiring that makes our bad day worse if there’s no pen to paper or tapping of computer keys. Makes our good day stellar if we can scratch out a few lines.

When tragedy strikes, like everyone else, we bottle up. Curl into a ball and huddle in a dark corner. We drown. Writing will help anyone going through a rough time. Ask any psychiatrist.Either to work through our feelings or even just as a distraction.

Because writers live mostly in our heads, writing during this difficult time, even if it’s trivial and unrelated, is a lifeline back to the normal world. We truly can’t function, can’t survive without it.

Collecting Rejections

I’m allowing extra time for Agents and Publishers to respond to my submissions, but few actually do get back to me. I get it. Who has time for politeness any more? And a big Thank You to those who actually do respond.

I feel sorry for them. They are flooded with submissions from authors, wannabe authors, and anyone who thinks they can write a book. Must be a mountain of papers on every desk and clogging every email box.

So, when they don’t respond in a lengthened reasonable time (I add an extra month to the response time right now), I call it a rejection. So far, I’ve submitted to roughly 38 agencies and publishing houses.

From experience, I know it can sometimes be like this. I also know it sometimes has very little to do with the story. Rejections are usually about that mountain of papers and where the agent or publisher is headed in the future.

On The Sly is the best I’ve ever written and deserves the best it can get. Still submitting. Still searching for that one perfect fit.

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