It’s been a busy week or two so my updates have been a little sporadic (cry your pardon, gunslingers). End of the financial year so deliveries and budgets and all that exciting stuff at work, and I’ve been working hard on the new book. It goes well so far – 20,000 words in and plot-wise, it’s shaping up nicely. There have been a few developments which have taken me by surprise but that’s half the fun. I do a loose outline for each book before beginning to write and it’s often the case that the characters take the story in their own way. That’s fine with me. As long as I have a vague idea of where I’m going, I’m happy to let their characters tell the story. It’s their tale, after all.
In other news, all is quiet on the TRG front which is to be expected. As anyone who’s ever submitted to an agent or publisher can tell you, this is a slow business. Take an average agent who perhaps has twenty clients. All those clients have some degree of success, all have books on the go and so have questions and issues about their careers. That’ll take a lot of the agent’s time. Then they get probably a couple of hundred queries and submissions a week from unpublished authors. There are only so many hours in the day so they have to balance their time between existing clients and the potential for new ones. Which all means a month into my subs for TRG is nothing. Put it this way, the longest gap between submission to an agent and a reply was almost a year. And I know of writers who have waited for much longer than that to hear back from publishers.
My short story Bear is also out on sub. I’m quietly confident it’ll be accepted although its brief length might go against it. There’s a chance the publisher will want something longer to publish. We’ll see. And in completely unrelated news, I watched Machete the other day. Hilarious. I loved Planet Terror and while Machete does move away in places from the feel of Planet Terror, it still made me laugh like a dribbling idiot.
Now onwards with the weekend and more work on Book Eleven – which may or may not have the working title of Snow.