Career Management

An interesting enquiry to Miss Snark the mystery literary agent. How do you deal with embarrassing novels from earlier literary personae? And when, if ever, do you raise them with an agent?

One of the positive consequences of having crashed and burned on multiple novel writing projects is that none of my unborn children made it to maturity to embarrass me. Not that I would be likely to disown them had they, I’ve certainly got a couple of embarrassing shorties floating around out there on the net. OK…so I have disowned them…but I wouldn’t do that to entire book, would I?

The potential for a book to grow into a form of public humiliation is probably the most common reason for Novel Abandonment Syndrome. How many tomes have been brought into the world, only to be left half formed and unloved in bottom drawers? I’d make an appeal to charity but the truth is most of them are probably beyond help and would be best off finding a quick ending in the loving embrace of real log fire.

Miss Snark introduces the tantalising concept of career management. If such a thing is truly possible it represents yet another good reason to have a literary agent. In fact its probably THE most important reason for having a literary agent.


Electric Velocipede #13

The contents of Electric Velocipede #13 were announced last week and features my short story ‘Momentum’. It will debut at the World Fantasy Convention in Saratoga Springs, November 2007.

Corey Brown – Obituary for a Living Man
Claude Lalumiere – Hochelaga and Sons

Jennifer Rachel Baumer – Until the Wind Changes
Marie Brennan – Selection
Richard Howard – The Dogrog Phenomenon
Philip Lees – Sand
Rachel Swirsky – How the World Became Quiet: A Post-Human Creation Myth
Damien G Walter – Momentum

KJ Bishop – The Crone Meets Her Sun
Jon Hansen – Under the Garden in Dreams
Mikal Trimm – The Paper Trail
Marly Youmans – When Demons Ruled
Marly Youmans – Why the People Disliked Art, Circa 2005

Stephen Wilson (My Elves Are Different)