April 9, 2013 by Kiersi
The Night Circus
As I move into the critique stage of my current novel, and my August book release finishes up with the editor over at Rain Town, it has become clearer and clearer to me that no single person is responsible for the great books we read and love.
Today I read a fabulous post, “On Writing and Publishing Paths,” by Erin Morgenstern–author of the seriously delightful, magical, spectacle of a novel The Night Circus. And the takeaway is one that I hope every aspiring writer takes to heart: a manuscript rarely emerges from a writer’s mind a finished product.
I’ve been on the receiving end of query rejections, form letters and personalized responses alike. “They don’t get it,” is something we’re tempted to think. “They’re blind to my potential.”
As Erin writes:
…I got my manuscript to the point where I didn’t know what else it needed and it seemed like the right point to start sending it out. I did. It got requests because I had a query letter that made it sound like it had a plot when it really didn’t. It also got a lot of rejections. (more…)
Category How-to, Literary Agents | Tags: agents,editors,Erin Morgenstern,publishing,queries,rejections,The Night Circus | 15 Comments
February 28, 2013 by Kiersi
I found this hilarious Pulp Magazine Cover Generator via children’s author Nathan Bransford. And I think “She wrote until HER FINGERS FELL OFF” is very relevant to today’s post.
The blog has been radio silent because I went on vacation. As in, I peeled myself away from the computer, left the manuscript print-out I’ve been slaving over lying prone on the ottoman with slightly curling corners, and got the hell out of Dodge.
It was a while ago when my Significant Other said, “Whoa, Kiersi, you need to take a day off.”
And I was all, “Sure, I’ll take tomorrow off.” And then it would sort of half-happen. There were deadlines to meet, manuscripts to revise, new ideas and concepts to lay out in Scrivener. Too many things to do to take a day off. (more…)
Category Book Reviews | Tags: Erin Morgenstern,pulp magazines,The Night Circus,third-person,vacation | 19 Comments