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Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Unexpected

I put the cart before the horse, in sending out some query letters, chapters and a proposal before actually finishing my Connor and Ellie saga. An interested party asked to see the completed novel when finished. In having mentioned my blog for the purpose of full disclosure, it was suggested I take my story out of the public domain now. This means nothing other than they want to see more, and I am not being offered anything other than a closer look at the finished product.

In complying with the request to take this out of public domain, I will finish the story and E-mail the segments as I’m doing it to any of the handful of friends who have stopped in to comment on it. I sent the queries out on this before receiving my first set of professional edits on COLD BLOODED last weekend. That particular splash of cold water in the face has convinced me I was an idiot for sending out a proposal on something I haven’t finished, and I will avoid ever doing it in the future. Thanks so much for the interest in my two Oakland cops. It started as a violent short story, and would never have progressed past short story length without the feedback given. If any of you have any questions, please E-mail me rather than commenting publicly. Just as with the professional edits I've been blessed with (or cursed) I will learn from this experience.

13 comments:

Jordan Summers said...

Ah, the joys of your first brush with professional publishing. (wg)

Charles Gramlich said...

It should be a good learning experience though. And a step forward.

BernardL said...

I'm sure of one thing, Jordan: this will not be my last goof up as a writer. :)

It will be a learning experience, Charles. I better make it a good one. Thanks for all your comments.

Virginia Lady said...

That's good news, Bernard. Congrats on the interest!

BernardL said...

Thanks, VL, but I should have waited until I finished before sending out queries. I should definitely not have sent queries out until I received the edits for Lancelot and Cold Blooded. Thank you for all the comments you've made on my Connor and Ellie story.

raine said...

Yeah, but...SQUEEE!!! :D

BernardL said...

I would have been happier if I hadn't received my editing news, Raine. The story ideas are attractive, but the mechanics... not so hot. :)

Miladysa said...

I told you it was a series :D

I would even wage money on a TV series too!

It will all work out well Bernard :D

BernardL said...

I have to finish it first, Miladysa, and do a heck of a lot better editing job on it than I apparently did on the two I did get contracts on. Your enthusiasm for Connor and Ellie helped make me take a more serious look at them. Thank you.

Vesper said...

Way to go, Bernard! A lot of good work coming your way... :-)

Bernard Lee DeLeo said...

It is merely a second look at a project not yet completed nor edited, Vesper. In addition, my venerable day job turning wrenches has picked up to the point I believe I've finally reached my saturation point. :) Thank you for your comments on Connor and Ellie.

Beth Partin said...

Bernard, congrats. Sorry I won't be able to read more of them now, but I'm glad someone is asking about them.

BernardL said...

I only yesterday made it back to the Connor and Ellie script from my editing binge on COLD BLOODED, Beth. I promise to provide the rest of the story to all the visitors who left comments. I have a list. :)