Scrapping Your First Book :: Three Years of Work Down the Tube

Today, I had an experience that was devastating and rejuvenating at the same time. I realized that the book I’ve been working for 3+ years is not going to hack it. At least not in the way I’ve planned. I put the book aside today and began writing another–a teen sci-fi this time. That’s what is popular right now. That is was agents will be looking for. So that is what I’m going to write. It’s a big decision. Life-changing even. And yet with my future prospects at stake, all I can think about is how I’m going to break the news to my mom.

I still hope I can make my first idea work one day. If only I could start with book two. Then it would be great. Maybe that’s what I should do then. Start with book two. Maybe that isn’t such a bad idea after all. Let me rethink this and get back to you guys.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rachel Levine
    May 20, 2011 @ 18:24:00

    Hey, I stumbled on this blog today and I’ve read the first few entries.

    hmmmm. are you sure you aren’t just being pessimistic. Perhaps your book needs a rewrite and some rethinking rather than to be put to the bin. 3 1/2 years is a lot to waste just because a few agents weren’t interested. Some very famous books took hundreds of rejections to get to a yes. I’m sure many un-famous books did as well.

    Don’t lose hope so quickly, Panaura.

    It might just be your query letter. That is an artform on its own.

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