I've been working on the Morbid Curiosity anthology proposal. The order of the stories keeps shifting around. In the magazine, I used to put stories on the same topic back to back, figuring that they would comment on each other. Now I find I want to space them out, so the commentary leaves more room for the reader to think. I think I'm doing that because the practice of reading a magazine (cover to cover in one direction) is different than reading a book (in gulps, picking it up and putting it down). It's quite possible I'm overthinking this.
Anyway, I have a couple of agents on my list to contact. I'm looking for someone who will represent both the nonfiction and my novels. Hopefully I won't get sidetracked for years again by someone who gushes with enthusiasm, then vanishes into the ether. (Although I hear she's still doing the convention route, taking pitches from new writers.)
My two-paragraph pitch has been honed. I decided to go with a paragraph from the magazine's obituary in The Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/19/AR200606...). Now I need to finish up the annotated table of contents. With a paragraph of biography on each author and a paragraph or two of excerpt from each story, the table of contents is running 25 pages. But it's excellent. If I can get anyone to read this, the book should sell itself.
There are still two open slots in the book, authors I've contacted who haven't gotten back to me about including their work. I'm torn between saying okay, you're out, and giving them just one more chance to say they're in. I don't want my impatience and eagerness to cut someone who's having internet trouble, but I also want to call this thing done and send it out.
Then again, I'm not sure what the hurry is. I want to get back to working on the fiction, but I gave a friend one of my finished novels to read in September -- and he forgot he had it. I thought I was giving him time to get around to it, but no. Just a reminder that I'm not all that. Because you can't have enough of those, can you?
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