I’m making headway
Well, I’m fully moved in. I hung pictures this morning.
And I’m still getting buried by submissions. As of this morning so far, I have 2901 emails.
I’m working my way through the workload as fast as I can. You might be interested where I am.
I’ve signed 14 people so far.
I’ve read three thousand submissions. I’m working on the next thousand this week.
I’ve got about 75 people on my short list of likely clients so far–I need to pare that list down to about 35.
When I do, I’ll start sending out more acceptances. Then the rejections will come.
I have two book deals currently in negotiations. I have a number of projects that I’m getting ready to send out.
That’s the story so far, professionally.
I’m also starting to feel like myself again. I was EXHAUSTED after the move. I normally sleep six hours a night. The last three weeks, I’ve crashed at 9 PM and slept like the dead until 9 AM. Very atypical for me. Last night I finally stayed up until 11 PM–maybe a sign that I’m nearly through that cloying tiredness.
Once I get caught up, I’ve got notes for a long essay on what makes a manuscript great. But I need to get caught up before I can justify writing it–time wise.
For a short taste of the notes:
Don’t overload the beginning with background information–it kills the pacing.
Start with a strong hook–if you don’t grab the reader on the first page, you won’t sell the book.
The main character must be likeable, gripping, and interesting within the first few pages or you lose the reader.
I’ll get all the notes into English soon and post them. I’ve got pages of this stuff.