Monday, March 20, 2006

Singular focus

Blogging might be light this week, as I'm going to spend most of my hours working hard on the Bad Company rewrites. My original plan was:
  1. finish BC Draft #2 by the end of the March
  2. write the first draft of Voice of Crow from April through June
  3. polish BC during July based on readers' comments
This plan would have given me a deliverable manuscript of Bad Company at the end of July. But my agent will be sending out the series proposal (outline and first three chapters) to several publishers this week, and if things go well (please please please), one of them might ask for a full manuscript.

That could be in as soon as a few weeks. It probably won't be, but I like to be prepared for the best, having learned from a previous mistake:

When I submitted my Aspect of Crow proposal to Luna, it took them seven months to make a decision (which is a bit on the fast side for the publishing world). During that time, did I finish the manuscript, so that if they bought it, I'd be ready for publication?

No. I told myself, "They might want me to change the story before they accept it, so it would be a waste of time to finish the book." But really, I just didn't want to jinx my chances. I was afraid. And we all know what happens when you operate from fear instead of hope.*

If I'd had Eyes of Crow even mostly finished, it would be coming out next month instead of in November (although I would have lost that cool Halloween/Day of the Dead connection).

Bottom line: I need to get something to my lovely, amazing readers ASAP so I can get feedback and make the necessary improvements. Just getting it to the stage where it won't embarrass me in front of these trusted folks will take several days.

Color me crackin'.

*You reelect bad Presidents.



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