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when bad things happen to good stories

Something really amazing happened this week. I got an idea for a story, and I just sat down and started writing it.

Why is that so blogworthy? Because these days, when I get a new idea, I tend to give it the third degree.

The third degree goes something like this:

Hello, new story, I have a couple of questions for you, so please sit right in front of this blinding white lamp and try to get comfortable. Okay, here we go:

 Which publisher are you targeting?
 Who is your readership – i.e. give me the demographics, dammit!
 How many pages do you think you’ll be?
 Are you a dark paranormal or an erotica? You’re not? Damn you!
 You’re not one of those lightweight, quippy books, are you? Because if you are, just leave now and don’t embarrass yourself.

That in a nutshell is the third degree.

But this new story got a pass. Lucky for it, because it would have gotten all the answers wrong and I never would have given it the time of day. Instead, I’m already in chapter two!

Wish me luck!




May. 30th, 2007 11:46 am (UTC)
Re: demographics
The sequel to Revenge Gifts already has a pretty rabid audience which seems to be growing. I still get email from new readers about every week to two weeks. I am writing a different series called "Snark". The first book is about a woman who is sucked into the Big Brother live feed world of recapping. The related website (when I get off my derrier and get it up) is SnarkUnderground.com I guess if I were targeting an audience for this series it would be people with no lives of their own looking to inhabit someone elses. Not for the traditional romance crowd.
May. 30th, 2007 01:22 pm (UTC)
new stories
Even people with lives of their own like to inhabit someone else's for a few hours every once in a while.

In other words, I resemble that remark.

I'll keep an eye out for the underground. It sounds like fun.

As for the traditional romance crowd, yeah. They know what they like, and they want more, more, more of it. But egads!

My new story is arch YA anime lit. That's a brand new subgenre (as of five days ago) that will surely be successful. I like the idea of a website dedicated to it. I'll get on that right away!

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