Friday, July 9, 2010


Yes, I know, another day without an awe-inspiring post. It's just life right now.

I have three chapters left to edit. Four. Two of them should get done today and the last tomorrow. Woo-hoo!

Sunday is for query! Boo! Hiss! Okay, it's not that bad. It could be worse. I don't know how. I just know it could be worse.


The final word count should come in somewhere around 94,000 words. That's totally impressive, at least for me, especially knowing the high word count I had in the beginning.

Will this lesser word count create more potential? I don't have a clue. I just know that, as strong as my query might be, in the end, the really high word count was a detriment. Very few debut authors are probably going to be able to get a 500 page book published. Yeah, it might happen. The odds are minimal.

Why fight the odds? Why not minimize the odds instead?

Everything we do on the road to success has an impact toward that success. High word counts, in some instances, create a detour or delay. A minimal audience for our work can create a detour or delay.

As an aspiring writer, I write for me first, and the audience second. Yeah, I know, not the best way to do things, but it works for me. I wrote a big-ass book and then I pared it down. Again, probably not the best way to do things. I'm writing for a niche audience - not as huge as a Twilight audience. Again, not the best way to do things.

In the end . . . I don't care. I'm writing what I want to write for an audience I know is out there, and that's enough for me. My audience isn't as small as some people might think. I may have to market my book to agents a bit differently then I like. I might have to go for a smaller category of agents at first, and then expand.

In the end . . . I have to follow my heart on this, as with most of what I do in life.



Davin Malasarn said...

Scott, your steady progress is keeping me inspired to work on my own stories. Thanks for blogging about it!

Scott said...

Davin - you're welcome. I think, sometimes, the blogs about progress are just as important as the other writerly blogs I post from time to time. I love reading posts where I writer says "well, finished Chapter Twelve . . . or whatever".