Wow, it has been quite a while since I wrote something here, but there is a reason! I’ve been up to things! Oh, yeah!
So, what has transpired in my life since the last post? Well, as you may or may not know, I was finishing my second novel when I received an e-mail from a publishing company to which I submitted a rough proposal in 2008.
Back then, they rejected the project. Now they were interested.
In the writing biz, this is completely normal. I know what you’re thinking, but no, this is not a ‘Ha! Now that I’m published and doing well, now you want my stuff!’ moment. No. Trends change, demand changes, the quantity of books in each ‘genre’ that a publisher publishes per year changes, the quantity of authors a publisher carries changes, and so forth. It’s a very fickle and tumultuous industry.
I knew The Mathematical Probability Cheat was going to make it one day. It’s a great story. Maybe even an award-winning story. It’s daring. It pushes the envelope. It’s just rocks!
I also knew that the piece needed a lot of work. I had to double the length and basically re-write the rest. I gave myself 2 months. 60,000 words in 2 months, and as perfectly edited as possible.
I knew it was a challenge, but hey, if you want to succeed as a writer, you have to write tons, and when They come to You with an offer, you don’t tell them ‘I’ll have it ready for you in a year’. What I’m looking for is a long time partnership with a publisher where I write 2 novels the first year, 1 novel the second, 2 novels the third, and so forth. It’s a hard sell, but that’s my ideal output. So, who knows, if publishers see that I can deliver what I promise, at least that doubt will be erased from their minds when they sign long term contracts that come with those nice advances. But that’s way-way-way in the future for me.
So I dropped everything. No more facebook. No more twitter. No more second novel. No more blog. I got to work. It was great! I had 3 years to think about those characters, so when I got my hands on that story, I knew exactly what I wanted to achieve.
It was hard but I did it! In all fairness, it took me two and a half months. Two weeks over my set goal but still a new personal best!
I submitted it, had a great chat with them, and as this is being written, I’m waiting for feedback.
I’m very excited. No matter what happens now, I polished the crap out that story and got it to exactly where I wanted it to be when I first wrote the 30k word outline/proposal in 2008. It’s a beautiful, professional, finished product, tons of people already want to read it; professionally (both in my marketing career and in my novelist career) I’m in a great place right now.
I’m also very excited that a publisher is currently thinking very hard about the serious financial investment their business is about to make. It costs publishers tons of money to get a book out, so they always make damn sure they’ll get their money back, which is normal (otherwise they’d go bankrupt and wouldn’t be publishing anyone, let alone moi). Bringing a new author onboard is a serious decision for publishers. I understand that. Take your time, guys! I’m just happy that story came out so well! That’s enough for me.
Ok, what else?
My Indie novel, The Price of Free Will, just went Kindle! I’m very excited about that as wel! Only 9.99! Now that’s a good price for a novel. They paper ones are so expensive these days! I’m going to SEO the crap out of my Kindle account over the week-end! Woo-hoo!