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Another Writing First

Perusing my e-mail this morning after going through the usual Monday morning housekeeping jobs here at work (esp. gathering all the weekend stats on the system I babysit), and there was an e-mail from an editor I'm trying to sell a story to asking me to please respond with a phone number and time so he can call me to discuss my outline.


This is the first I've had a call from an editor I didn't have a previously established relationship and the first time I'd ever been called without a contract already being in place on the project. O.K., I've sold a few things, but most of you know I'm still pretty new at this game. I'm getting better, but I have to admit I had butterflies waiting for the call.

It was a rather pleasurable experience all things considered. He was very complimentary about some of my initial outline, critical in a non-threatening way over other parts and had some "vague" suggestions (his description) on how to improve the outline. Now, to say he gutted my story would be overly dramatic - although in retrospect, that's what happened. But, the objections he had very right on the nose and I think it's going to be a lot better story when I'm done with the revisions.

Now, there's still no guarantee that this story is even going to be bought, but I have a feeling he wouldn't call me personally if he wasn't happy about something. An e-mail saying, "Nope, not for us" is a lot simpler. So, all in all, I think this is a good thing, (plus a nice check on the old rhino-hide maintenance program I've been trying to develop along with my writing skills).

New outline due 05 Jan 07.

*off to sharpen some more pencils and re-watch a few episodes of the show*


( 7 howls — Howl with the Pack )
Dec. 19th, 2006 09:03 am (UTC)
This sounds promising...
Remind me: are you living off your writing yet, or almost?
Dec. 19th, 2006 12:50 pm (UTC)
Re: This sounds promising...
Well, if your definition of fiction includes tech writing, then yes.

No, I'm still working as a government contractor tech writer and probably will for the conceivable future. One, the concept of a 401K and health insurance is a good thing, and two, I like meeting my mortgage payments and I'd have to sell a hell of a lot of short stories to do that.

My goal in life is to sell enough stuff a year, (short stories, novellas and novels) to go to half time. As long as I work 20 hours a week for my company, I can keep the retirement fund and insurance. I see it as the best of both worlds. Plus, if the writing gig doesn't work out, I've still got a safety net, instead of trying to get *back* into the workplace.
Dec. 19th, 2006 01:11 pm (UTC)
Re: This sounds promising...
Sounds eminently sane.
Me, I aim to run screaming from the workplace. But.. well, I think won't be wrapping up my business any time soon.
Dec. 19th, 2006 12:45 pm (UTC)
Awesome. *-* That sounds like a great beginning to the holiday season, to me!
Dec. 19th, 2006 12:51 pm (UTC)

And I think you took your "snarking" very well. Don't let a few seagull posters bug you.
Dec. 19th, 2006 01:00 pm (UTC)
Hey, I was actually disappointed that I didn't get something snarkier. *-* She was nice, really, and I was looking forward to being shredded. Oh, well.
Dec. 19th, 2006 02:11 pm (UTC)
Congrats with the editor call and good luck :)
( 7 howls — Howl with the Pack )

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