Browsing All posts tagged under »submission«

Diary of a Writer

April 24, 2012 by


Yesterday: I am editing this passage, which I have been having trouble getting to on account of its terribleness. And now as least I’m in it. But it’s still terrible. I think I’m going to have to go through it twice to get out all the terrible. It’s that terrible. Or, well, it’s that melodrama. Bleh. […]

Writing a Biography: Or, I Wish I Could Remember What I Did Last Year

April 19, 2012 by


And then I get to the part where they say, And wouldn’t you like to write us a biography? And I say very politely: No, not really. But, you know, I don’t think it was really a question. So I went and looked up what I wrote back when I was applying for my PhD […]

Submission Neurosis, Let Me Count the Ways…

April 17, 2012 by


Actually what bothers me most about the submission process and it’s accompanying string of rejections is not the fear that my work isn’t good enough (that’s a whole other anxiety train) but that my failure might be due to presenting the novel the wrong way. What if I’m just really terrible at writing query letters? […]

Time to Submit

March 30, 2012 by


Today is Friday. Which is taking me a little bit by surprise as for some reason I spent most of last night and yesterday evening convinced today was going to be the weekend. But this is good. It means I have one more day to avoid making final decisions about what I’m going to submit […]

Submission Requirements are to Insanity What Catnip is to Cats

March 26, 2012 by


I spent four months last year submitting stuff to agents, so I thought I had a handle on the submission process. There’s a bit of variation in requirements, but all along the same general theme. Turns out publishers are mental. To start with they seem to be split neatly between ‘you have to submit hardcopy’ […]

Carpe Diem, Quan Minimum Credula Postero*

March 19, 2012 by


Me: I haven’t sent anything out this year because I’m crap. Arkem: I wouldn’t have put it that way — but yes. So I am doing that today. Or at least, lying about doing that today. But I think — I hope I’m not. And if I write this here perhaps the appalling fact that […]

The Contradiction of the Writer’s Brain

December 20, 2011 by


I have another proposal to write. So I’m trying to convince my brain that I’m brilliant while it mutters to itself in the corner about inappropriate commas and word duplication. See, I have these two completely contradictory desires — for everyone to read my work and to not let anyone see it. Which I think […]

It’s K-A-N-D-A… Wait. Where Was I? A-N… Crap.

October 6, 2011 by


Is it wrong that I’ve started to think of query letters as rejection requests? Even receiving them requires more concentration than I really want to impart. I mean, I have to read them. And they’re electronic so I can’t even set them on fire or impale them on a spike or anything. Worse than that, […]

Agents Are Visions, But Only Illusions, and Writers Have Nothing to Hide…

October 4, 2011 by


I really want to have an agent already. And weirdly not so much because it’s the next step in my career, toward publication and so on. At this point it’s mostly just because then I wouldn’t have to do more agent research or write any more query letters and I could just write. (We will […]

She Also Remembers Things I Wrote When I Was Seven (We Do Not Speak of It)

August 23, 2011 by


So I’m feeling kind of okay about the structure at the moment, as opposed to ‘oh god, oh god, what did I do?’ so that’s good. I laid it out, wrote in the bits in the gaps, and finally have something that I feel like I can show someone without killing myself. And it’s about […]


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