Edit's on Orion's Shadows are done and off to the agent.
Hopefully, he won't mind the instances where I went against his advice. I've
also added the opening quotes for both parts, something I had been thinking
Now, if the agent likes the result, we will draft a list of
editors to send this to--and then the waiting will start. From what I've heard,
anything from a month to a year... With Christmas coming, I doubt it will be a
month. I hope it won't be a year, though, because I'll go mad if I have to wait
Now I should be sensible and start on a new,
unrelated project. But I'm not sensible.
So I'll either start on the sequel, or sit around pulling hair till I hear from
the publishers. Wish me luck.
Well, I've jinxed it. The story is back with a personal rejection--very friendly, but still a rejection. Weirdly, this time the editor said the ending didn't work for them, while the previous personals loved the end in particular… Another proof that it's all a matter of taste.
And so the story goes off to the next market. Of all my stories (and there aren't many as I"m not really a short-form writer), this one I'm really stubborn about. Maybe because it's so much "me" in the way it plays with the theme of choices that I come back to again and again in all of my writing. Well, I keep sending it out till it finds a home. And if it doesn't, then I'll keep it to one day give away as a Patreon bonus or something. You know, when I'm famous enough to have a Patreon which anybody other than my mother will support... ;)
Current mood: philosophical
And, with a little help from my friends, the story got cut to 5,935 words. I must say I'm amazed, because I don't think I've lost anything really significant from the 7,300-word version. Importantly, the story has kept the tone, and the character's voice. That makes me happy.
Now, to find it a good home. I've submitted it already, but I'm not sure it will be the perfect fit for this market--it's a cross genre story with a rather science-fictiony feel, except it features magic and witches... I do love this story, though, so I hope it will find a home one day.