How Blue Diablo Became a Book: or, a N00b’s journal
My best ideas come out of nowhere. With the Jax books, I just sat down and started writing. With the Corine books, it was almost that simple. I knew I wanted to write urban fantasy, of course, and it seemed natural to make use of information available to me via life in Mexico. I also knew I wanted to do something different: no fairies, no vampires, no werewolves. So humans it would be, gifted humans, and a world full of dark and secret magic. Beyond that, I had no real plan.
Those tidbits in mind, I started writing. The first 25,000 words came like a lightning storm. But in other ways, things weren’t going so well. Over the holidays (2006, going into 2007), I parted company with my first agent, after receiving a number of disheartening rejections. That left me to start the search all over again. I had a complete SFR manuscript to pitch, and I found myself lacking the drive to write. The agent search got me down (one agent called Grimspace unsellable).
Thus, the holidays came and went, and the new year began. I queried. I got rejected. Oh, did I ever. To boost my faltering resolve, I sent a partial of the urban fantasy to an editor who accepted unagented submissions. Little did she know, the book wasn’t finished. (This is a bonehead move, by the way. Do not emulate me. I was a n00b.) But my spirits were low, and I told myself (a) she’ll probably reject it, and (b) it will take forever to hear back anyway. By the time I heard, I’d have another finished book that she wouldn’t want. However, maybe with this as motivation, I’d get on the ball and finish the book? [Read more…]