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Without a Net

A post today by Faith Hunter over at the group blog she and I maintain with Misty Massey and C. E. Murphy (http://magicalwords.net) discusses the latest hard news coming out of the publishing industry.  Harper-Collins is cutting back imprints and letting people go.  Not good.  Not good at all.  The publishing industry is hurting right now, just like every other industry.  I don't really want to dwell on it.  Faith's post in very informative, as is the discussion that follows.

As I mention in my comments there, I am currently walking the wire without a net.  For the first time since the beginning of my career, I'm writing a book that isn't contracted, that may never be contracted.  It's a bit scary, to tell the truth.  But as Faith suggests in her reply, there is also something liberating about it.  I have no deadline, which is nice.  (Though I'm actually writing this book faster than I have any other.  I mean I'm flying through it.  Ten pages a day.)  But more than the lack of a deadline, I have the sense with this book that it could take my career in any number of directions.  I could sell it to Tor and continue on the path I'm on, which is not a bad path at all.  Or I could sell it to a new editor with a different publisher and potentially take my career in a whole new direction.  Or I could fail to sell it entirely and find a new job.  Ah, the possibilities....

Anyway, right now I'm focusing on the fun part.  Writing this book is just a hoot.  I love it.  I mean I LOVE this book.  I can't wait to get to work every morning.  It's coming out exactly as I had hoped it would.  And that is a fine feeling.  But it will be interesting (to say the least) to see if it sells....

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sartorias
Feb. 12th, 2009 03:29 am (UTC)
Wishing you success!
davidbcoe
Feb. 12th, 2009 04:33 am (UTC)
Thank you, Sherwood.
crazywritergirl
Feb. 12th, 2009 02:01 pm (UTC)
I know the euphoria and unease of which you speak. The book I'm writing isn't contracted and I love it so very much. I still haven't got a handle on the heroine, but I'm getting there (she's 17). Unlike any other book/series I've written, I have a full synopsis for Book #1 and solid overviews for #2 & 3. I've built an intricate world before I really started writing, unlike what is the norm for me (worldbuilding as I go).

The proposal has been getting some interest in NYC, but a contract hasn't been shoved under my nose yet. I'm good with that. I believe in this book and in the series. It will sell. Meanwhile, I'm so enjoying the process. That's the euphoria.

Sometimes you just have to trudge out to the end of that limb, nestle up close to the resident squirrel and enjoy the view. Scary, but the scenery is magnificent.

Wishing you a "Wow, this book rocks!" type of contract and all the goodies that go with that.

davidbcoe
Feb. 12th, 2009 03:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Jana. Right back atchya!
arhyalon
Feb. 12th, 2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
I know exactly what you mean, David! I, too, am writing something new that could go to Tor or otherwise and flying through it at 10 pages a day...which is absurdly fast compared to my normal rate. And I jump up the moment the kids are off to school and run upstairs eager to right. It's so much fun!

Best wishes for both our projects!

davidbcoe
Feb. 12th, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Jagi. There seem to be a lot of us in this boat right now. Best of luck to you with yours!
markwise
Feb. 12th, 2009 03:28 pm (UTC)
That's awsome, David! You can rest assured that if you feel that good about a book, it just flowing out of you, and you have that much passion about it; you will sell it and it will be a great success.

You already are making me eager to read it just hearing you gush about it. *grin*
davidbcoe
Feb. 13th, 2009 03:00 am (UTC)
Thanks for the encouraging words, Mark! I hope you'll get to see it in print sometime soon.
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