I was perpetually wait listed for Clarion a while back and absolutely treasure the experience I had with the Taos Toolbox Diesel Bears 2011 in Ski Valley. But this year, I'm celebrating the completion of Boulevard of Bad Spells and Broken Dreams (and the fact that four, count em four) agents have asked to see the manuscript!
So, in order to whip what was originally a 137K behemoth into shape, I'm signed on to the Clarion Write a Thon and hope to join a critique group. My goal is to edit the whole thing, forty seven chapters, which is going to take a lot of ass kicking.
In a month, I've gotten Boulevard down to about 110K--much more reasonable but it still needs a deep edits pass and line editing. Thanks to Andrew, Carol and Chelsea, my dedicated Critters.org readers, its almost there. But almost isn't good enough.
So, even if you don't donate anything (our sponsors pledge some amount per unit, in my case per chapter edited), keep track of my progress and kick my ass a bit. I'll be posting excerpts along the way, and crits as well as a few pennies are most welcome. Proceeds benefit the Clarion scholarship fund.
What am I getting out of this? Hopefully, a sale. Which is why I've chosen the Break Out badge for my symbol.
The link to my profile is here. The excerpt posting area strips formatting, so reading excerpts isn't optimal there. I'll be posting links to selected non fiction and excerpts of Boulevard of Bad Spells and Broken Dreams on this page.
This weeks nonfiction link is a humorous personal essay published a while back in Noneuclicdean Cafe entitled "Concrete."
And here's some of Boulevard of Bad Spells and Broken Dreams
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