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If your serious about publishing you shouldn't be blind submitting but most people don't know that. I wouldn't be surprised if most of the stuff submitted unsolicited in December goes in a pile completely different from all the others from the previous months. I also would be surprised if anything that says NaNoWriMo in the cover letter never even gets read buy the larger publishers.

"Slush piles" are generally labours of love by editors who never really catch up on the back log. Sometimes they find a pearl amidst all the oysters.

 

From what I hear, the number of editors who are willing to wade through the slush pile gets smaller every year, though, and it wasn't hugely large to begin with. ::(:

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Most have slush piles but they only read the books that are the type they're interested in. That's why so many published authors will tell you it's worth the cost to go to the big writing cons (worldcon, world fantasy for example) where there are editors there and then talk to them to see what they like. Once you find one that likes the type of book you're writing you ask if you can send them something (don't ask if they want a copy there at the Con) and make sure you remind them of your name. That way there's a better chance they'll pick it up and read it. This doesn't guarantee anything but it increases your odds.

 

Most don't read past a paragraph or two unless they remember you from a con or you're a really good writer though the best thing is to get a real agent as they'll work with you to clean up the book and then submit it for you. Odds are way, way better with an agent. Though you need to get a real agent, someone that doesn't charge anything until you get published and has lots of other clients. There's many ways to track down agents and see who they represent and many authors don't have a problem telling people who their agents are if asked.

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Yay - thanks for making this thread! I hope I added the correct "Last Knight" and "OneBoot"! I'm "klawzie" in case I got it wrong. :)

 

 

Missed an entire day. Not intentionally. :c But I'll have to make up for it tonight. Forgot that I had a game last night and it ran later than I expected and I ended the game and walked right into a "deep and meaningful" and wasn't able to get started. Not worried, though. About my wordcount, I mean.

 

As I sit here and tidy up the end of this conversation, I'm worrying an idea over in my mind about the story. I feel like I approached it wrong and trying to decide whether to take out a few paragraphs and chuck it into a "graveyard" to keep the wordcount and start over, or delete it all and make up for the missing words as well as adding to the wordcount for days 2 and 3. I'm not sure I'd be able to just leave it and come back to it. This is one of the things that always tripped me up about NaNo - the encouragement to "just leave it and move on". My mind doesn't really typically drop something it's worried about and move on. It'll keep focusing on whatever is wrong to the detriment of everything else.

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Here's what you do. If it's something that if you change would completely alter the story, in a good way, change it. If it's something that you want to change, but it's not going to affect the plot or something that you can change after completing as it really only affects a chapter or two press on.

 

It's hard to get past the feeling you have to go back and change things but if you don't get over that you'll never get something finished, constantly worrying about something doesn't do you any good as you always have the option to go back and change it after you're done. One way to help is to completely outline before November. There's nothing about outlining ahead of time being against any rules.

 

Also the other purpose of NaNo is to get you in the habbit of writing so you'll continue afterwards so it's OK if you don't finish in one month, most books that are published never are.

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OK. Don't let these suck away your time but here's some useful podcast episodes that people here may find helpful this month:

 

General NanoWriMo Stuff

http://www.writingexcuses.com/category/nanowrimo/

 

Getting it done

http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/05/25/writing-excuses-episode-16-butt-in-chair-hands-on-keyboard/

 

http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/10/24/writing-excuses-5-8-the-excuses-youre-out-of/

 

 

Not getting Overwhelmed

http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/05/25/writing-excuses-season-2-episode-33-how-to-not-be-overwhelmed/

 

 

First Paragraphs

http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/08/15/writing-excuses-4-32-first-paragraphs/

 

Beginnings

http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/12/02/writing-excuses-7-49-beginnings-revisited/

 

 

Killing your Darlings

http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/02/24/writing-excuses-episode-4-killing-your-darlings/

 

 

And for post NaNo:

 

Writing Groups

http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/11/10/writing-excuses-season-2-episode-5-writing-groups/

 

http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/06/28/writing-excuses-season-3-episode-5-how-to-take-criticism/

 

Agents

 

http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/01/31/writing-excuses-4-4-agents-do-you-need-one/

 

 

http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/07/24/writing-excuses-6-8-what-an-agent-does/

 

Submitting to editors

http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/04/27/writing-excuses-episode-12-submitting-to-editors-part-1/

http://www.writingexcuses.com/2008/05/04/writing-excuses-episode-13-submitting-to-editors-part-2/

 

http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/03/29/writing-excuses-season-2-episode-25-the-seven-deadly-sins-of-slush-stories/

 

http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/02/28/writing-excuses-4-8-working-with-editors/

 

Getting Published

 

http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/05/23/writing-excuses-4-20-strategies-for-getting-published/

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Yay, I have a synopsis now! It's kind of rough, but let's see if y'all can tell where I'm going with this. :B):

 

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Elquin is an elven wizard who came to live in the small village of Ashenville when he was younger under mysterious circumstances that he doesn't remember, and makes his living doing small, helpful magics for his fellow villagers.

Life in the quiet little village is good, with the unusual or unexpected rarely occurs, just the way everyone likes it. Until one day, a strange young lady stumbles into town, running from something she is reluctant to talk about. The most intriguing thing about her, however, is a quality that no one in Ashenville even has words for.

Trinia is...colorful! Her hair is brown, her clothes are vivid reds and greens, purples and blues, and the villagers are dumbfounded.

No one in Ashenville had known or even realized that they and everything around them was pure white, completely devoid of color. That was the way things were, and that's how they had always been.

Now, Elquin is going on a quest to determine what this strange quality of color is, why Trinia has it, why no one and nothing in or around Ashenville has it, and what needs to be done to acquire it for himself.

For now that he has seen that a world of color exists, he can no longer be content with the way of life he has always known.

 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

Huzzah!

--OneBoot :D

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So, today I screwed p while I was trying to back up my novel to Dropbox and accidentally saved yesterday's version over top of the stuff I'd done today. About four hours of poking at the keyboard, 1,573 words, was reduced to dust and ash, lost in the Wired.

 

In the 45 minutes before I headed over to my parents' house for dinner and to fill them in on recent drama in my life, I typed frantically and made up some of the scenes I had written - I'm not quite, story wise, to where I was before I lost everything. That was 1,642 words.

 

I'm not entirely sure where the extra words came from, but hey... score.

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I actually discovered this while I was trying to get it back. Unfortunately, it showed me as having no back up - it required a restore point.

 

This may also be a result of me overwriting a file on Dropbox.

 

(As far as I can figure: my word processor [Q10] was saving to the Dropbox folder, whereas I thought it was saving to one on my computer. At the conclusion of my writing session, I went to copy the document from my computer to Dropbox... when I came back, all I could find was yesterday's file.)

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