Monday, November 22, 2010

Auditioning editors

I haven't blogged much of late because I'm working on rewrites! :-P

Sent a piece of the manuscript to an editor for their "audition". Should hear back from them before Thanksgiving. We'll see if I work with them on the entire manuscript.

Every now and then someone asks me if I am self-publishing.

Let me be clear, the answer is NO.

I'm diving in among the sharks and going after established publishing houses including the ones I pitched in September.

When someone who works with A-list authors wants to see your work, you DO NOT SELF-PUBLISH. I am very tempted to namedrop but that is a quick way to jinx yourself (and probably get blacklisted).

I caught up with one of the guys from my pitch group, he is doing great on his rewrites. Pretty interesting high concept he has going. The conference really gave a lot of us a push and guidance we needed. Sometimes you just need a pro from the industry to say "this project sounds promising" to motivate you.

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Flame and Bone

When I was made from fire
Poured into the tender vessel of caution
That keeps my smoke from rising
Quickly did I discover that apart from crisp drizzles or falling snow
The world chilled my touched
Walking the narrow cornered gap between girders and cut stone
One learns to tuck his shoulders in or risk
Jostling a neighbor passing by rapt with want
For a clear path without the distraction
Of another man's boiling eyes
The tip of a finger
That oldest of all weapons
Grown deadlier and pristine in its invention
Gathers a mote of a cinder on its bare flesh
And turns pondering how best to scratch the impious itch
Prying open the tender seam
Where the oil of thought dews
Offering a new wick to ignite
Squirming alive as a salamander of mischief
That yearns for a taste of air it is so ready to devour
The steam of breath betrays me
Before the glint of orange spreads
In popping bright waves
Eroding the fibers feeding it
Leaving naught but ash
As my shell of quietude falls away