Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Nerve Wracking Process of Manuscript Submission

I am in the tedious process of submitting “Haley Cork and the Blue Door” for acceptance by an editor. The editor I am submitting to currently is very good at what she does, and was recommend both by my friend and by the site I decided to use in lieu of an agent, at least for the initial offering. If this submission falls through, I’m going to go the agent route in an active and relentless manner.

The key to surviving the process is to continue writing while you wait for your completed works to get noticed. I've been out of the business for quite a while, thus I am probably out of tune with the process, but regardless of how you do it, you can't forget to continue creating while you wait. Thus, while I expect to pay my dues at the bottom of some slush piles, there will be a time when an editor will drag it out and give it the once over, which will change my life, and hopefully theirs as well. Here’s to that lucky moment!

“Haley Cork and the Blue Door” is just the first in a series of books I plan to write, and absolutely will get published. Please note my determination. While I wait for the latest editor in my carefully selected list to respond, I have to resist the temptation to allow despair to cloud my mind. Despair is for wimps! Luckily, I don't have the time for despair, as I write the next book in the Series “The Doors of Vesalago” titled “The Last and Furious Hownan”. Unlike “Haley Cork and the Blue Door”, this sequel follows the life of a Keeper's descendent who must abandon revenge and combat her innermost demons to embrace compassion and self sacrifice toward those who hate and fear her.

I have complete confidence in “Haley Cork and the Blue Door” and my ability to produce the entire series. I have sketched out the plot lines for four of the seven books I intend to write, as well as character biographies and background material. The series is allegorical but covered in a thick web of fantasy and science fiction. It contains nanotechnology right along side parapsychology seamlessly woven together in a multi-layered tapestry of adventure and terror.

No comments: