28 June 2008
perigee-art.com didn't like my stories for their current fiction contest. I think I've run my course with them. Still love to read 'em, but I think I'm done submitting there. They've evolved and so has my stuff.
Now I'm full bore on the novel, which should be going out to TOR in August. Hopefully I won't write anymore about TOR up here on this blog.
05 May 2008
Thank you for your query.
The project you have offered is not suitable for our Agency at this
point. We apologize for responding with a form e-mail, but doing so
enables us to respond quickly so that your work may be submitted
elsewhere without delay.
PlainSmart Publishing Agency
at least their message was Bcced.
22 April 2008
I didn't receive a rejection so much as a list of winners for this poetry contest...in which my name wasn't printed.
They invited me to enter their fiction contest, which bears a deadline of 30 April. I think I might enter...I have a story laying around that I need to touch-up that might be a great candidate.
Lyons Literary LLC
I guess people just aren't interested in publishing a book about an American's Peace Corps experience in Ukraine. I'm getting pretty discouraged about this project....
13 April 2008
Thank you for sharing your work with us. Unfortunately, it is not a good match for Firebrand and we will not be able to offer you representation (for Midnight Quit of Starlight).
I hope you excuse this form letter, but it is really only representative of our lack of time and not a lack of respect for your work. Please understand that there are many reasons why we must turn down potential clients. We look for material that immediately grabs our attentions and emotions, and that we believe will do well in the current publishing and bookselling market. But sometimes we even pass on well written, marketable projects simply because it is out of our realm of expertise and would be better represented by another agent with different taste or experience.
Thank you again for sharing your submission with us and we wish you the best of luck in your search for the right agent.
09 April 2008
08 April 2008
I'm sorry for this impersonal response but I wanted to get back to you
quickly. Unfortunately, I don't think I'm the ideal champion of your
manuscript. I'm not entirely convinced I'd be able to secure its
publication. Though I'm passing, I'm sure other agents will feel
differently and will know exactly to whom your work should go. Good
luck and thank you for thinking of me.
With best wishes,
am i the only one is this crazy world who thinks a book on Ukraine is not only relevant but marketable? maybe not everyone keeps up on Eastern European news.
Dear Mr. Lawson:
Thank you for submitting your proposal for Midnight Quit of Starlight to Ace and Roc Books at Penguin Group (USA). We always appreciate being given the opportunity to read new manuscripts, but in the current crowded market, we are afraid that this does not seem like a book that we could publish successfully.
We wish you the best of luck with other publishers, and thank you again for thinking of Penguin Group (USA).
Regrets and best wishes,
Ace and Roc Books
Penguin Group (USA)
31 March 2008
17 March 2008
2008 edition has already passed. If you would like to resubmit your
works anytime after December 1, 2008 we would appreciate it. Readings
begin in January and the final deadline is February 15, for the 2009
fiction edition. We will not keep your submission until next December
and encourage you to resubmit anytime after then. For more information
please consult our website at http://public.coe.edu/coerevie
have any more questions please email us back. Thank you again and we
hope to hear from you soon."
at least now I know the date their deadline falls upon. until now, despite my sleuthing, i had not been able to disinter that gem from the earth.
13 March 2008
i just submitted a (much improved) proposal to the Ace/Roc Sci-Fi & Fantasy imprint (under Penguin). they also received the first ten pages of my novel (the prologue, basically).
the turn-around there is three months, which is my goal to finish the novel to get it ready to send out, in whole form, to TOR (if Ace/Roc rejects it).
if you're interested, here's my query:
Ace/Roc Science Fiction & Fantasy
Penguin Group USA
375 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014
My 160,000 word novel, The Aria of Davin Ford: Midnight Quit of Starlight, is a supernatural fantasy epic reminiscent of the works of George R. R. Martin coupled with the presence of alternate realities suggestive of the works of Stephen King.
Works of fantasy are popular and profitable, showcased by the success of several quality series (Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice series, and King’s The Dark Tower septet to name a few). Midnight Quit of Starlight follows in the tradition of these masterpieces, but, like them, it forges its own way.
Davin Ford has reappeared in Ashorne, and, in its wake, the phantasmagoric fortress has brought a long-forgotten malice to the world. Battling walking falcons, telekinetic demons, and the wicked dreams of children, a network of brave women and men must discover the secrets of Davin Ford before its lord, the regal skeleton known as Raed, adds Ashorne to his growing collection of ensnared worlds.
Among those fighting against Raed is a pregnant, abused woman who will do anything to save her mute child; a forgotten princess who, risking her own life, seeks to unshackle her homeland from an evil that will devour it; and an aged vampire hunter turned sea captain who earns a job he can't refuse. The battle storms through the landscapes of an alternate California, modern Ukraine, ancient Rome, and parallel worlds that might have been if history had been different. Midnight Quit of Starlight ends with the siege of Davin Ford and a demand for answers that cannot be given.
Filled with mutant, mythical beasts; daylight vampires; sentient zombies; a nexus of alternate worlds; and a cast of memorable characters, this novel will test the will of its heroes and villains and lead both down paths where the terms ‘enemy’ and ‘friend’ are irrelevant.
Midnight Quit of Starlight should fit in well alongside your other titles, such as Butcher’s Codex Alera and Kurtz’s Deryni Chronicles, though Midnight Quit of Starlight is a unique story.
My short fiction has appeared at perigee-art.com where my supernatural stories have twice won awards in the e-magazine’s fiction contests. My non-fiction has appeared in Worldview magazine and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Midnight Quit of Starlight is the first novel in an epic series.
As stated in your guidelines, I’ve included the first ten pages of my novel. I thank you for considering Midnight Quit of Starlight.
12 March 2008
also, sending another piece in to zyzzyva.
hope you're having a good day.
10 March 2008
08 March 2008
here's a tiny excerpt.
"Sit," Mariah’s mother says, pointing to a fir bench. The wood is polished, and I can see my face reflected back at me. I am haggard. I have been through hell and have not yet stepped out. When I left Iran, I had felt the weight of my soldierly life slip like a mantle from my shoulders. I had felt the dusty glares look away and my scarred carbine fall into the earth forever. I know now that I had only been pretending to feel anything at all.
thanks to CP and KH for helpful comments.
here's to wishing....
06 March 2008
haven't been writing as much as i wish i could, but i'm still plugging away at rewrites.
got the one headed toward zyzzyva (within a week) and the other toward perigee before the end of the month.
also, next week is spring break, so here's my game plan:
finish my g-d fantasy novel.
finish it as far as i can take it.
can i do it?
still waiting to hear back from McSweeney's. Maybe that's good?
03 March 2008
it won't be up for a few weeks (once my friend finishes designing me a sleek site). i'll use it to showcase my work and look professional for the people whom i query about my work.
in other news, i submitted five senryu poems to McSweeney's quarterly. you should try your hand at them too--they're fun!
02 March 2008
29 February 2008
opened my Writer's Market account. some say it might be a waste of cash, but I don't go to movies--so I have some extra cash for this. getting serious here...
querying zyzzyva this weekend with a short story.
my friend CP got a rejection from McSweeney's--which is cool because it was quick, personal, and promising. way to go CP. check out his blog.
also, I started a parallel site: successes of a writer.
that's all for today.
28 February 2008
in that readings section, harper's published already published work.
you send your manuscript to harper's (readings@harpers[dot]org), you tell them which rights you are selling, and you tell them where it's already been published.
just so happens, i have several manuscripts already published at worldview and perigee
so i sent them in. can't hurt, eh? and it might add to my rejection list.
unfortunately, due to the volume of submissions they receive, i won't find out formally if my work was rejected.
the silence will have to do.
27 February 2008
Truthful Education and Sustainable Solutions:How We Can Combat Human Trafficking - an essay on my experience combating human traffic in Ukraine. this will be submitted to a MIIS wide Rev. William Coffin essay contest. There's a cash prize involved (some of which, if i'm lucky enough to win, i'll be routing to Ukraine into several different projects that seek to stem human trafficking via education.
grief, distracted - a horrible (for now) short story being submitted eventually to hazelst for their "steal from the best" contest. thanks to Casey P. for his honest comments. we'll see what i can do with his wise words.
'daycare' - working on for perigee's annual fiction contest. i took 1st and, before that, 2nd a few years ago. we'll see if i can three-peat.
that's all for now. i'm working on it.
26 February 2008
25 February 2008
i am not discouraged; i am invigorated.
fourteen hours after receiving this letter, i submitted a new query to another agent.
never give up; never surrender.