I’d planned to post something about anthologies, but that will have to wait. Why? I’ll tell you because a lot has been happening. No, I haven’t finished the first draft of The Caretaker yet. However…drum roll….
Another nugget of positivity was seeing a letter of mine in the Winter 2014 edition of the Society of Author’s journal, The Author.
Writers spend much of their times in their heads, or facing a page / screen. After that it’s a strange and often bewildering journey to get a response, never mind personalised feedback you can actually work with.
How wondrous and stranger still to receive an invitation to submit something and then, after a few weeks and some rapid emails back and forth, an offer of a contract.
The blank page still needs to be faced every writing day and I’m the same person I ever was (although, it has to be said, there’s a little spring in my step now). However, now, for the first time in quite a while, I’m eager to see what the edits look like from someone in the industry – what they read into the stories and what they think does or not suit the market.
As far as I’m concerned I’ve written my book/s I wanted to write, so bar a culling of any of my favourite characters, I’m open to any improvements that will turn a writers’ tale into a commercial novel.
If you write short fiction or novel length stories, is there anything you draw the line at when it comes to other people’s edits?