Finished my revisions! Delivered mah book! It’s on the way to the COPYEDITOR AND IT’S GOING TO BE REAL AND I SAW A COMP FOR THE COVER AND IT’S ALL SO AWESOME I CAN’T STAND IT!
Also, the site is back up now. Sorry about that. For some reason, the databases decided the servers sucked, and the servers were like, FINE, then, serve yourself, and the databases were like, OKAY WE WILL.
Except they can’t. Poor databases. Fortunately, they made up. I hope they learned a valuable lesson from this.
So here’s an interesting (?) factoid. WILD originally had an OUTBREAK/CONTAGION storyline in it. I thought it made the book high concept. My agent thought it didn’t work. (He was very apologetic about telling me I probably ought to cut a third of the book.)
I was bummed, but I didn’t fight it. My agent is incredibly encouraging when he likes something, and incredibly honest when he doesn’t. When we were talking before I signed with him, he’d have the most reason in the world to be nice to me. But he was still honest enough to say that one of the two manuscripts I had just didn’t do it for him. So I know I can trust him, even when he’s asking me to change something HUGE.
Back to the manuscript, then. I started cutting out the CONTAGION storyline and… it was so easy. It wasn’t surgery at all. It was clipping toenails. The interesting thing is, that was the part that I thought would make the book really marketable was the part that didn’t work. Too much considering business makes for bad art decisions, it turns out.
Alex Mallory’s WILD, pitched as a take on Tarzan for the digital age, in which a girl skips her senior trip to go into the wild instead, and finds a boy raised to believe that the world outside the forest has been decimated by a modern plague, to Anne Hoppe at Harper Teen, by Jim McCarthy at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management (World English).
I’m loving the trailer for Gina D’Amico’s CROAK.
She’s giving away prizes at The Story Siren’s site today, too. Now I just need to find out how I can get this music on my iPod.
(Which is different from the Aristocrats.) Brian Joseph Davis uses law enforcement composite sketch software to bring literary characters to life. Both creepy AND cool!
It’s Read in the Bathtub Day today, callooh, callay! You know what I want? I want a digital book projector, that will display the book I’m reading– on my shower door. It could be like a giant iPad, and I could flip pages while I get my scrub on. That’s one way to respond to the people who say the problem with e-readers is that you can’t read them in the bath.