Monday, 18 January 2010

Read All About It

It's finally arrived, the week that Undiscovered Voices 2010 gets sent out to agents and editors, and I'll admit to a certain amount of trepidation as to how the whole thing will play out. This is my first experience of having anything published and my first encounter with that strange and mystical species known as The Reader. Ironically, the one kind of reader I probably won't get is any actual children - instead it will be a somewhat scary bunch of Important Industry People.

I've already had enough interest in Back from the Dead to know that it won't go down in flames, but beyond that I don't have a clear idea what's going to happen. As I'm midway through a rewrite for an agent, that has to be my main priority. I'm also in the happy position of having an editor who wants to read the draft when it's finally finished, so that's all to the good. Will I get other offers? I hope so, but maybe more for my ego at this point in time. In a month or so, with the new draft finished, I might feel differently and I'm certainly going to keep my options open.

As far as rewriting goes, I'm rolling fairly smoothly at the moment and I'm about to reach a section where I can lift a few thousand words straight out of the previous draft with little to no changes. I keep obsessing about tiny stuff, of course, and no-one's read much of it yet, but the detailed synopsis has proved to be a godsend so far. Every time I slam into the buffers, I get an instant hit of calm from seeing it all there planned out for me. I'd worried about it stifling my creativity, but so far that doesn't seem to be the case. After all, it's my plan, so I get to change it any time I want!

Nick.

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