I suppose everyone has seen my word counters on the side of the blog and has noticed that yes, they all stand at 100%. It’s true, I have finished all three of my WIPs. Now I truly, truly don’t mean to be smug. It’s just that I am very lucky in that this is my day job. And having one kid at school and the other at creche means I do get quite a bit of time to write. And I do write fast when the mood takes me.
The other thing to bear in mind is that although I may have three finished mss, it doesn’t mean that they are, in fact, any good! They could all be complete crap! If and when I finally do get to submit any of them, I could be soundly rejected or be told to completely rewrite them. In which case it’s back to the old drawing board.
However, I’m fully of the belief that it actually doesn’t matter if they are all complete crapola. They were all great practise. Old Coot (mountain climbing hero) is one that I wrote the start of, realised I had no conflict to speak of, and then completely rewrote. Kate and Alex is my Feel the Heat entry, minus the stereotypes and with added internal conflict. And Panic Attack…well, actually that was the latest one I started and the only one where I felt I actually knew what I was doing when I began it – meaning I had the internal conflict worked out first. So even if they are all rejected, I figure that each ms was a great learning experience. Nothing is ever wasted!
And now the fun really begins. Editing! So now I have to contemplate which one to start editing first (and finding titles for since I can’t really submit something called Old Coot!) . While I do that, the other thing I’m wondering about is whether to pitch to an agent at the RWNZ conference. Sadly we’re not getting an HMB editor this year but we are getting an agent from the Knight Agency who is actively seeking category projects. I don’t know whether to pitch or not. I’m thinking not, because you don’t really need an agent to write for HMB. What does everyone else reckon? To agent or not to agent?