||[Jun. 14th, 2005|09:16 am]
Only 529 words today, but I spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out how to handle the situation. I'll bet this scene is going to need revising for facts -- what is it with me and hospitals these days? -- but we'll see how it goes. One of my failings is that I just don't like action scenes; I'm not good at describing action, and I usually just want to get it over with. It's something I'll have to improve on in the future.
I picked up a copy of Writers Market yesterday, kind of as an incentive to keep writing. I was quite surprised at the variety of publishing houses in there, and the differences in their submission mechanisms. It's a crazy hodgepodge. Some want you to send sample chapters, others want just an outline, others only accept complete manuscripts, some want you to send a query letter first... Bwah. Some are VERY specialized.
I guess I knew, intellectually, that there were Christian/Jewish/African-American/Asian/etc. publishing houses out there. Intellectually, I suppose I should have figured out that there were a bonanza of places that only accepted very thin sets of books, like ones on cooking or self-help or whatever. It makes a lot of sense, but somehow I managed to miss it. And I didn't realize there were so many publishing houses that only publish a handful of books a year. It's going to take some amount of research to figure out whether a particular publishing house would even accept something like what I write. And then, after that, I'll need to edit the manuscript according to the edits they send back, in a reasonable amount of time, while still working my day-to-day job.
It's kind of unnerving.