Saturday, June 04, 2005

The Celery Stalks at Midnight

I have no idea why that title is relevant. Oh well. Always loved the title of that particular book. Wish I'd thought of it.

A little background: I am the author (!?) of 17 books, of which one, so far, has seen daylight: POWERLINE was published in 2003 by Treble Heart Books. A second title, OAKWOOD, is due for release any day by the same publisher. I'm still working on sales #3 and 4, but the happy part is my agent is working my next sales on my behalf.

This leaves me free to write. Hah! I'm working on revising a piece called MY SILENT HEART, which I always thought would be my first book to sell. But no. Guess God had other plans . I'm also trying to write 'the end' on a shorter piece called A ROSE IN LATE OCTOBER, but at the rate it's going, it'll be January and the whole thing'll be out of season.

Did I mention I don't care for revising OR writing synopses?


Thursday, June 02, 2005

Telling the Story

I read on a writers' loop I'm on, how important it is to do chapter-by-chapter synopses of your books. How the publisher "needs" them, etc. Is this so the prospective buyer doesn't actually have to read the book before rejecting it? My overall problem with synopses is that I'm a seat-of-the-pants writer. I don't want to know every last hiccup before I start writing. Surprise me, story! Plus, if I could tell a story in 300 words, I'd write flash-fiction. I certainly wouldn't waste my time writing 85,000. Or am I just being ornery?