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Monday, August 01, 2005

Randon Thoughts For a Monday Morning

- I saw Sideways last night. Pretty good movie. A little overrated, though. What is with everyone's obsession with annointing "The Next Great Movie"? Take Lost in Translation. It made Sofia Coppola a media darling. But is sucked. Go figure. Sideways wasn't like that. It was actually pretty good, a nice enjoyable movie. But still, not exactly Top 100 material here.

On a side-note, Sideways was a little depressing for me personally because the Paul Giamato (Sp? - I'm too lazy to look it up) character was a first time novelist trying (and failing) to get his work published. Unfortunately, ths is hitting a little too close to home for me. Which reminds me, if anyone has experience with publishers or agents in the world of fiction, please let me know.

- Words that I NEVER thought I would say but did yesterday: "Honey, we can't put the new bedding on until we get a matching bedskirt." (Yes, I'm still shaken up about this) This after I spent the day painting my bedroom Fog blue. Looks pretty awsome by the way. (Maybe I should become a housepainter.)

- So Rafael Palmero is a juicer. Who would have thought? This one caught me off guard. He seemed like a model of consistency. Alas. Well, maybe it was justt the Viagra.

- I was going to post (after I write it) a short story about a possessed ice cream truck. But I'm saving it as the centerpiece of my collected short stories work (to be published in the Fall of 2011 or so, I hope). So sorry about that.

That's it for now. (And yes, when I say random thoughts, I am being very serious.)


  • regarding my experience with publishers/agents in the world of fiction:
    good luck. expect to collect a lot of rejection letters.most editors never get to see your work unless the ed. asst. feels that it's good enough. also, a lot of publishers don't accept multiple submissions--so don't send to more than one place at a shot, and if you do, make sure you mention it in your cover letter. and there are some publishing companies that have stopped sending rejection letters altogether. bad enough that it takes anywhere from 3 to 6 months for them to go through your stuff, sometimes longer. also find out if you need to query the publisher first, to see if they're interested. some will just tell you to send a chapter.
    agents are just as tough, if not tougher, since they only want something that they know they can get published. it helps ifyou have clips, so publish an article or two first if you can.
    good luck, and get a few copies of writer's digest to memorize! :D

    By Blogger bec, at 1:30 AM  

  • The simple question, of course, is why is it harder to get someone to even LOOK at your work than it was to write the damn thing? Truly one of the great mysteries of life. (Not to mention a constant source of frustration).

    By Blogger Elster, at 9:32 AM  

  • what i find most obnoxious about the whole process is that most of these editors don't want to "waste their time" on a new writer because it's not always lucrative for them. so who suffers? THE NEW WRITERS!!!!!
    i'm not bitter. one of my friends self-published her novel, but that's an investment and unless you plan on marketing your book yourself, there's no point in doing it (or if you just want to see your work in print and don't really care if it ever sells.)
    to be positive, if you're sending out queries or your manuscript and getting rejected, that's half the battle--you're in the game. at least you're out there.

    By Blogger bec, at 6:14 PM  

  • Just seems to be the WRONG half of the battle. You ever use that Guide to Literary Agents book?

    By Blogger Elster, at 8:48 PM  

  • no, is it any good?

    By Blogger bec, at 4:29 PM  

  • I just bought it. it's pretty cool actually. it's a guide to publishjers and specific agents and what they specialize in.

    By Blogger Elster, at 8:39 PM  

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