With special thanks to the 203 of you who’ve jumped through the hoops to “follow”—and everybody who has left comments. I love you guys! Every new follower and comment helps me keep on keeping on in this ridiculously brutal business.
Also many thanks to Jane Friedman’s Writer’s Digest Blog, Adventures in Children’s Publishing, Publitariat, Sierra Godfrey, and so many others who have posted and tweeted links to this blog. Each one of those mentions brightens my week.
A slow, once-a-week blog takes longer to gather followers, but it has allowed me to work on my other writing, which includes a new novel I’ve just finished that I’m really excited about called THE GATSBY GAME.
Like most of my novels, it’s pretty literary—but also fast-paced and comic—so I have to find a way to camouflage it as something else. I’m trying women’s fiction, although it’s also a mystery. If there were a genre for “literary chick lit” that’s where I’d fit. Think Muriel Spark or Dorothy Parker.
Don’t do this. If you can write pure genre fiction that fits within a prescribed structure, or anything YA, or at least resist putting humor in anything with a literary theme (or be a Brit) you have about 1000 times better chance of selling your work than I do.
I’ve already had a partial requested and rejected by Nathan Bransford (in the space of a few hours) so I guess I’m officially on the query road once again. Bloodied but unbowed.
Tomorrow you’ll get to read the promised post from YA writer Janice Hardy on how to conduct a blog tour. Something we all need to learn. A must-read!