Hopeful news: a publisher is interested in my book! They responded during the #PitMad event on Twitter to my pitch, and they were happy enough with the sample I sent in that they wanted the entire manuscript. I’ve only gotten this far with a publisher once before with a different manuscript, so this is very promising. I’ll provide updates next month, assuming I’ve got something more to report.
Whenever I’m waiting to hear back from a publisher or an agent, I usually get filled with too much nervous energy to get anything creative done, and I find that to be the case now. Try as I might, I can’t get any more work done on “Rainbow in the Dark.” I keep snapping back to the other manuscript, and I get flummoxed. I find it easier to exercise, though, so at least the energy is useful for something.
I don’t usually get writers’ block; I tend to have enough time between writing sessions to be able to come up with the next steps in the plot and a reason for them to happen. That is one of the nice things about revising and editing; I get to go back and smooth that stuff over and make it look all planned out. Neil Gaiman says later drafts are there to make it look like you knew what you were doing the first time, which is just great all around.
That’s all for me this time. Write your story!
-J. E. Ayers
Jeff Ayers writes books that are pretty good.