A Writers Life For Me or Do I Need a New Career?
By Jacqui Murray
It’s four months into the year an
d a good time to assess progress. In those heady post-New
Year’s days, I had high hopes for finishing my
novel, finding an agent and publisher, expanding my non-fiction business, and extending the reach of my myriad blogs, ezines and guest posts. All this while hanging on to the teaching job that pays the bills and provides my health insurance.
So, you wonder, how’s it going? Where am I
in my writing efforts? Truthfully, I find few
things less interesting than yesterday’s
dreams, except old stock market reports, but
let’s do a run
down. The good news is, I’m about where I expected I’d be, a little ahead in places, behind in others, overall a constant state of uncivil war between my muses. I’ll run it
down for you:
When I sent query letters out over the holiday season, I expected mixed reviews
somebad, some brutal. The fact that my husband loved the book I figured would have norelationship to its success. Much to my joy, I found an agent who likes the book as muchas my mate. He sent me a boatload of edits for my 400+-page mss which I am workingthrough. They were all spot on
only one did a have questions about. As I make thechanges, I feel the story come to life. A few have been complicated
like rewrite thebeginning. I had as much enthusiasm for reworking the opening five pages as I have forteaching in tight shoes. It required a chunk of cerebral energy (more time consuming than
the physical stuff), but I’m through it now and I survived, not unbruised, but intact and
happy with the changes. My goal is to have the edits done and back to him by mid-April.
At that point, he’ll either send me more (pant pant) or we’re off to publishers. An
interesting side note: My story (
) is a military/techno thriller. Lastweek, there was a news headline that grabbed the gyst of my plot. If I were publishing
next week, I’d be ‘ripped from the headlines’. Unfortunately, since I’m likely a year away, it’ll probably be old news by then.