Long Hard Day of Not Much

All right, so maybe that’s a bit over-dramatic. So I haven’t been as productive as the last couple of days. I deserve breaks.

I wrote another chapter of ‘To the Death’ so that I’ve got nearly 70,000 words. YES I’m nearing completion of my first novel! It’s exciting and scary all at once, because then I need to edit it, have friends/editors help edit and revise, and then start working on my query letter and picking out agents.

As a step in that direction, N.C. and I have been discussing possible genres to classify ‘To the Death’ as, while trying to get an agent. We’ve discussed some sort of Military Fiction (we talked espionage, but somehow it didn’t fit, despite the plethora of spies). It’s Dystopian, but in spite of it taking place in 3150, i don’t think of it as Sci-Fi, which is technically the overarching category for dystopian works. Makes sense, in a way. We also discussed Action, but that’s more a film genre than novel. I figure if I look specifically for agents who don’t actively dislike any of these in their listings, I’ll probably be okay and I’ll find a rep eventually.

That’s the thing, I’ll have other things to write. If I don’t get a hit a year after I send out my first letters, like no responses or only rejections flat out, I’ll ePublish this too. IF I’ve gotten at least one person to consider it after a year, I’ll just find more people to send it to. Two years, no matter what, I’ll start reformatting it for ePublishing. I’m hoping for an agent. It would make my life so much easier.




About Charlotte Blackwood

Charlotte Blackwood is a self-employed aspiring author working on perfecting her first novella/ first novel. She is a current student at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA. If you're looking for a reading list (someday she'll add her own works to the list), she's currently supporting Anna Karenina, anything by Dickens, anything by Tolkien, anything by JK Rowling, A Song of Ice and Fire, and The Hunger Games.

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