Thursday, August 25, 2005

What to do...

I'm beginning to think my books aren't publishable. I've tried to make the first book more plot-driven because that's what SF publishers require.
But these stories aren't really plot-driven. They are character-driven. And that doesn't fly in SF.

I am lost.

4 Comments:

At 25 August, 2005, Blogger Never Enuf Thyme said...

Lee, have you checked Whiskey Creek Press? I emailed you recently about them -- Carolyn's heard good stuff about them separately from me. I think it's e-publishing with the option to paper publish (with a printing fee NOT part of WCP's policy). Check the website for submission details. Keep reminding yourself that it's all a matter of timing. Depending on the mood/day, the same editor may say "yes" to the very same MS that s/he said "no" to at a previous time. Your stories ARE publishable! ~Su

 
At 25 August, 2005, Blogger Never Enuf Thyme said...

I forgot to mention that, unfortunately, I know only too well what you're going through emotionally during this lull in writing. I've been caught in the undertow for almost 2 years, except for a little spurt last November that ended up screeching to a halt. Some days during these lows, it feels like my heart is broken beyond repair; other days it feels like it's being pressed in a vise; still other days there's a quiet calm that drifts over me. I try not to fight it any more; I try to remember the joy I felt in writing and hope that the joy soon returns to me. ~Su

 
At 26 August, 2005, Blogger Carolyn said...

I agree with Samm; your stories are good reading. I'm not a SF fan, but I always had to read to the end of your segments once you pulled me in with the first few sentences.

Every new trend has to start somewhere (as is once upon a time a YA book could be anywhere near 500 pages long, let alone 600+). Why not with you? Here's to breaking the mold and making the world love character-driven SF!

 
At 29 August, 2005, Blogger Camy Tang said...

Lee, Kathy Tyers does character-driven SF--I mean, what are Firebird and Shivering World if not all about the main heroine's story arc? Who cares that her queen mother is as loving as an Alien or that her new planet would love the chance to freeze her fanny off? We the readers want to read about how these women overcome.

See? Kathy Tyers. You're in good company. :)

Camy

 

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