Another month, another round of unsuccessful submissions. (I'm up to two rejections and a deafening silence so far, readers). I'm playing "Writers & Artists' Yearbook Bingo". If you submit your baby to every single address in this book, and get rejected by every single publisher and agent listed, you shout "bingo!" and stand up, waving your copy of the W&A around with all of the addresses crossed out.
I'm thinking of opening the Writers & artists' Yearbook Bingo competition up to other writers. Let me know if you want to join in, there's a prize at the end.
In summary, I've looked over my baby, now written and rewritten four times over the course of about [mumble mumble] years, and have decided that:
a. Some of it's a bit rubbish
b. It's about 20000 words too long.
So yet again - even though I deceived myself that I had already edited this book as much as I could - I'm in the process of editing it again. It needs to be slimmer, shorter, sexier, and more succinct. (Just like this blog entry in fact). Given that I'm already midway through working on another sizeable project, I don't want to spend overmuch time on the editing process, so I've come up with the following ideas:
a. Use the 'find and replace' function to get rid of all the small words (e.g. 'and', 'the', 'in', and 'on'.). The book will no longer make sense, but it will be much shorter, and perhaps I will be hailed as a revolutionary linguistic inventor of some kind.
b. Get rid of the first and last chapters. Ditto the point above in that the book will no longer make any sense, and be a much less satisfying read given that the beginning and end will be missing, but it will be a quick and easy way of streamlining.
c. Get rid of several major characters. Less sub plot, less characterisation, fewer words.... right?!!
...I'm accepting your editing suggestions below...!