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Summer of Writing

May 29th, 2007 · 2 Comments

Dave Christiansen, Managing EditorDave Christiansen is the founder and managing editor of TechDarkSide.com. He manages projects for a Fortune 100 financial services company and writes and talks about project management. dave@techdarkside.com.

Is there something in your professional life you plan to do that if you don’t do it you know you’ll always regret it? There are several things in mine, and I’ve made a commitment to stop procrastinating them.

One of those items is a book I’ve written called Genesis 2.0. It is a science fiction adventure about a nineteen year old human named Johnny Robbins who is captured by a genetically engineered species of humanity called Homo savantis. I wrote the first draft of this story four years ago and have been working on it on and off since then, including sending it out to agents and publishers.

If you know anything about publishing fiction, it is a long hill to climb and very few writers who set out make it all the way to the top. Many give up on their books and go back to their normal lives. I have been rejected by at least twenty different agencies and multiple publishers. There have been two highlights of my attempt, however. First, a big name publisher requested the entire manuscript after I sent in a query letter. I haven’t heard from them since. That was more than two years ago, but it was thrilling nonetheless. Second, a major agent read the entire manuscript, wrote me a detailed critique of it, and asked me to resubmit it once I had addressed the issues she identified. That was in October of last year.

Obviously, I’d be stupid not to re-write G2 (my nickname for Genesis 2.0) and re-submit it. Unfortunately, I am easily distracted by the many, many interests I have in life – wakeboarding, blogging, home remodeling, writing about project management, writing training courses, and working on my next novel all derail my commitment to working on G2.

The agent who is interested in G2 (Annie) told me to take my time with my re-write, because she’ll only do it once. I get one shot, and to tell you the truth I haven’t made much measurable progress. I have come up with some concepts about the characters that will really strengthen the story, but I haven’t put pen to paper and made these concepts anything more than ideas. I know Annie told me to take my time, but I doubt she meant nine months. I can feel the clock ticking on this particular dream of mine and I need to get it done.

So, why am I blogging about this? It’s simple really. I’m taking a month off, and I wanted to let you know why. I won’t post again until the second week of July, except perhaps to report on the progress of G2. I also won’t be working on the house, the boat, or any articles that I haven’t already committed myself to. I will respond to questions from readers, as time permits. Otherwise, June is dedicated exclusively to the re-write, and on July 1 I will re-submit G2.

What if Annie doesn’t like the revised G2? I have been on the verge of self-publishing G2 for about a year now, and if Annie decides not to represent G2 I will take it to Lulu or to iUniverse and publish it that way.

At any rate, wish me luck. I could use it.

Have a nice June. I’ll see you all again in July.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Michael Kelly // May 29, 2007 at 7:30 am

    Woohoo! It’s about time.

    Does this mean I get to read excerpts of the reworked chapters at our writer’s group?

    Good luck man!

  • 2 dave // May 29, 2007 at 9:10 am

    Yes, as a matter of fact it does.

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