Archive | August, 2014

Premature Query-jaculation

19 Aug

Hello strangers!

I know, I know. You’re surprised I’m still alive. I haven’t written a blog post in quite some time. I apologize for that. The truth is that I’ve been busy with other literary “things.”

I’ve been revising my novel for months now, and while I want to rip my hair out, I’m satisfied how it’s coming along and I’m extremely excited that it’s finally almost done. I’ve also been writing the third book in my trilogy, and editing someone’s book as well.

While I was editing for someone else, I wondered why it was so much easier to edit someone else’s work. Then I realized it’s because when it comes to your own work, it’s personal. Those words and sentences are your babies, and you don’t want to cut them up and change their personalities. But, it’s vital. Now that my book has gone under major reconstructive surgery, I can truly say I’m happy with the changes I’ve made. It’s not that the original was all that terrible, it’s the fact that it had so much potential under all that rubbish.

When you can separate yourself from your work and look at it for what it is, you can see the problems with it. I decided to revise my novel, line by stinking line, because the truth is that I started this trilogy almost two years ago. Since then, my writing has changed and matured. I’ve changed and matured. It’s only right that that first novel reflects who I am now, not then.

Did I mention that I never want to write another trilogy ever again?? It’s been fun, but the amount of work that goes into it is overwhelmingly time consuming. I have a new respect for writers who write series. It feels like I may never finish. But then, I take a shot of apple cider vinegar and slap myself, encouraging myself that I CAN do this, I just can’t stop working on it. So in between work, and work, and this job and that job, I work on my novels. What’s a love life? Because I forget. I haven’t had one in almost a year. I’m too busy in a monogamous relationship with my novels. And if I cheat on them, I think they’d be really pissed.

I hope everything is going well in your lives. Have any of you writers had a chance to relax and go to the beach or something? Please, tell me how it feels. I dream of a vacation! Even if it’s only for two days. Also, does anyone have a clone machine? Because I could really use one.

Side note: I’ve put the querying process on hold for months now. I’ve decided to hold off on pitching this novel until it’s as perfect as it can be. They say hindsight is 20/20. I’m such an impatient person that I decided to query agents as soon as I finished editing the first novel, and now I’m kicking myself. I can’t say I’m surprised I got so many rejection letters, but I can say I’m surprised that I got one agent to request the full manuscript when it was in such rough shape. It gives me hope that in the hopefully near future, when I start querying again, I’ll get at least one more agent to ask for the full manuscript. I have faith that this will all work out, because what else do I have besides hope? Oh, right, two full manuscripts and one in progress, looking for a home. I can’t let my children be homeless! What kind of mother would I be?

TOO MUCH ANTHOLOGY RELEASED FROM UNKNOWN PRESS

5 Aug

The anthology is finally out! Check it out to read bizarre, humorous, and touching tales of that one time these writers went a bit too far. Did I mention my essay is in here? Thanks for including me, Unknown Press!

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The TOO MUCH anthology, a collection of stories, poems, essays about that one time that excess reached a pinnacle.

I’m very proud of this anthology. Chuck Howe stepped up and did a wonderful job editing the collection for Unknown Press. The quality of submissions that came in were overwhelmingly good. It’s a damn pleasure putting together a book when the pieces included are this fun, original, bizarre, touching …

The book is available on Amazon now. 20140805-091731-33451483.jpg

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There is a reading for the anthology in NYC at Jimmy 43s on the lower east side. 6pm-9pm. Contributors will read, afterwards there will be a bar crawl. Here’s a link to the event if you’re on Facebook.

If you have any questions about the reading or the anthology please contact me at budsmithwrites@gmail.com

Also on the way from Unknown Press, Mik Everette’s memoir “Self Published Kindling: memoirs of a homeless book store owner”

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