I’m coming up to the mid-March you’ll hear back deadline. And I’ve got that whole love/hate relationship thing going on with the Inbox of Doom. It’s mostly hate at the moment, followed by brief, intense bouts of love. Such as waking to find there is NO email from the editor in the mornings – love that! And then, five minutes later, ‘argh, there is NO email from the editor! argh! But I need to know!’ etc. Hate that.
Anyway, pretty much convinced myself that my submissions totally suck. Both of them. No, truly. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Hammer Pants ms. I love my hero who is soooo very bad and love my heroine who gives him what for. But since writing the Chessman, I have learned a whole lot more about letting my characters do what they will, and I’m not sure that has happened with MC Hammer Pants. I hate chapter 3 for example. I want to rewrite that completely and as for the rest of the ms… I’d like to think I’ve done okay for a full request but, fact is, I may have stuffed up again like I did with the previous ms and they won’t want the rest. And I’ll be kicked back to the slush.
Doubt is vile.
So to pass the time in Unpublished Author Hell and distract myself from my submission doubt, I’ve decided to list all the positive things about still being unpublished.
1. I can write what I want.
2. I can write when I want.
3. I have NO deadlines.
4. I don’t care what my readers think about my story because I have no readers.
5. I can write a story with characters who don’t have to be sympathetic/aspirational/original/flawed. Or not.
6. I can have has much external conflict as I like. And aliens. And guns. And pirates. And a little pink pig called Mavis (and she can be the freaking heroine!).
7. I can have no conflict at all if I want and the story can be two pages long.
8. I can stop writing forever and take up morris dancing instead and no one would care.
9. I can toss my WIP in the bin and it wouldn’t matter.
10. I don’t have to obssess about whether my book is outselling other people’s or worry about royalties or marketing or whether I have enough ideas for another book or whether my second book will be as good as my first or whether I’ll be a one hit wonder or whether I’ll even sell another book ever again.
Oh and here is a link about why being unpublished is awesome (if you can’t handle teh swearz, then don’t click it).
Any other currently unpublished peoples out there who can think of some reason why this isn’t a bad state to be in? Gotta take the positives where we can huh?
PS. Okay, I’m totally lying, you know that, right? Here’s why I’m actually desperate to be published…