Sunday, July 18, 2010

The Mother of All Viruses is complete!

I have finished the final revision on my first novel. I have drafted a short synopsis, but still need to edit-check the long synopsis before I send it out.

I started this novel over five years ago, but suspended it to write something more in line with acceptable first novel lengths. It originally came in around 163,000 words, and I have only trimmed it back to 158,000 words. My second novel, which is still being reviewed, is 92,000 words, and my third one will probably come in around 60-70,000 words.

I tried removing characters and entire sub-plots, but the whole thing fell apart, and after three failed attempts to drastically reduce it's size, I put it on the shelf and started the second book.

I really like this book. It has a complex story line of intertwined sub-plots (which is why it was so hard to shorten). It starts out as an intrigue story and ends up being a science fiction.

This was a real mile stone for me.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

No news is good news

Still no response from the agent, but it hasn't been very long yet.

I did, get a nice fortune cookie "Your present plans are going to succeed."

I'll choose to believe the it was a smart cookie.

In the mean time, I've made my way through 2/3 of my my virus novel. Seven more chapters and I'm ready to start submitting it.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Time to Cross My Fingers...

My latest query & synopsis has garnered a request for the full manuscript. I had already pre-screened the agent against the beware lists. I'll say no more and just get back to editing my Virus novel.