Saturday, November 29, 2008

Number Two (no, the good kind of number two)

After about seven weeks in round two, I got a minor revision request from Cyberwizard for Clearing and, within a few hours of resubmitting, an acceptance for Abandoned Towers! Woohoo!

Yes, it's for the website (she gave me the choice of web or print, and I chose the former...at this point I think I need broader readership more than another hard copy ToC); and yes, it's FTL (and we all are aware of the debate stirring around that topic... apparently that thread is still active, and, if you scroll down the bottom, plumbing new depths of pettiness and backbiting). But, like I mentioned over on Aaron's blog, this is the point in my career where I need some of that free love...of the few FTLs I've subbed to since kicking this whole writing thing off in July, I have gotten some great feedback from many of them, including early feedback from the former submissions editor for Abandoned Towers...and I am incredibly grateful. So, until I'm cool enough to sell exclusively to pro and semi (that's all I've subbed to since October or so), I'll enjoy a symbiosis with folks who are in a position to cultivate talent, and take whatever attention I can get, given that this is my second published work to-date.

To summarize: WooHoo! She said she'll put it up once she gets a hard copy contract, so hopefully in a week or so.

Also, I finished the Cemetery Book...it was a very cute book packed with Neil Gaiman creepyisms, and seems to definitely be set up for a sequel. My kids are really looking forward to the Coraline movie in February as well.

6 comments:

Jamie Eyberg said...

Who is to say that the little FTL market doesn't turn into the next big thing in the genre market and a paying market down the road. At this point everyone has to start somewhere. Congrats on the acceptance.

Robert said...

Congratulations on the acceptance, Jeremy. I wouldn't worry too much about the fact that it's FTL ... as long as you KNOW that it's FTL.

Paul's point, I think, is that writers should always strive to submit to the top markets and not settle with very low markets -- and you konw there are writers out there that only publish in those very low markets because those markets will never reject them and never even try the top markets and in doing so never get better in their writing.

But you HAVE been subbing to pro and semi-pro markets, so you're already on the right track.

Aaron Polson said...

Congrats for sure. The only danger, I feel, is writing for the FTL markets and never pushing yourself. Write your best, get better, keep working.

WHOOT! (I couldn't help myself)

Jeremy D Brooks said...

Thanks everyone...

Catherine J Gardner said...

CONGRATULATIONS :)

Jeremy D Brooks said...

thanks Cate!