Okay, so I’m still doing the first revision (where I’ll fix all the obvious stuff that I missed the first time around). I’ve also started looking at where I could go shopping what I’ve done. I might look at the big five, but I’m not that sure about it. I’ve heard horror stories which makes me a bit leery with them.
Right now those big five book publishers are:
- Hachette Book Group
- MacMillian Publishers
- Penguin Random House (used to be separate before they merged)
- Simon and Schuster
Not to mention the genre publishing houses such as Tor (for science fiction) Holman Publishers (Christian literature along with Bibles), and Taylor (publishes school yearbooks).
Then there’s all the small publishers that are more open to taking a first book from a writer, which is what I’ve been thinking about. Self publishing is good, but I’m also of the mind to see if I can go it the traditional route. If it ends up being a small press, then why am I to complain?
revision: 31,169 of 100,000ish
The night went fairly well. I knew mine was crappy, but you gotta start somewhere. We had to state our 1 sentence pitch and then everyone discussed it and helped get it honed into something that’s more presentable to the people who need to hear them.
We had two that decided not to attend. One, who’s name is Bret, I don’t think was ready for the critiquing. It seems his skin isn’t thick enough to deal with the ripping and bloodshed that happens in a working group. Yes, he had completed his novel, but…
Still, I think it went fairly well.
Yes, I’ve reached the point of having to begin creating a pitch for my novel. My critique group has homework, and that’s to create a 1 sentence, 1 paragraph, and 2 paragraph pitches. You never know when you’re going to need something like that.
People always state that the one sentence pitch is the hardest. I guess I’m not normal in for me that was the easiest thing to put down. It also makes me wonder if my overall story is too convoluted for its own good?
I know I haven’t posted anything about my story here, it’s because I’m still working on it. At least I’m almost half finished with it being close to 40K words.