Meta-Book Update

So, here’s where we are. The manuscript stands at just under 62,000 words (61,922). People are reading it. I will take their concerns and address them and then turn the manuscript over to K. who will do a closer line edit. Then I’ll start looking for an agent.

I don’t really know how that will go. Book publishing is a weird thing. But I just know I don’t want to do it again myself unless I have to.

So, we’ll see.

It’s weird. I have exactly the kind of night I love to write. The Butcher’s gone and I’m in front of the computer, but I’m back in “letting it stew” mode.

I guess I could be researching agents or working on my elevator pitch.

The elevator pitch is tough, though.

It’s about a Methodist minister’s daughter who has an ill-fated affair with the Devil while in the middle of turning into a flock of birds.

Midst?

It’s a Methodist magical realist book about a woman turning into a flock of birds and being sacrificed to Satan.

It’s a fantastical novel about a woman, her possessed friend, her rasslin’ lover, and the Devil.

It’s about a woman who’s pissed at God and the Methodist church, who’s turning into a flock of birds, and kind of kidnapping the Devil’s daughter. She is accompanied by her rasslin’ artist lover and her possessed friend on an adventure in ill-fated menage a trois. Troises. And there are dog people and bird people. And bird poop. And probably dog poop, though I don’t specify.

No, that doesn’t work because it sounds like the possessed friend is in on the menage a trois.

It’s about a woman who must come to terms with her upbringing as a Methodist minister’s kid in order to finish transforming into a flock of birds. While she’s in the midst of said transformation, she befriends a woman possessed by a possessed woman, an amateur professional wrestler, and a host of supernatural beings and ministers’ kids. And she has a menage a trois with the Devil.

Read my book, god damn it.

It’s a light romp through the trauma of being a minister’s kid and growing up to discover that the Devil, though an excellent lover, is kind of a jerk. Plus, birds.

Ha. I kind of like that one. Anyway, obviously, I should be stewing on that.

7 thoughts on “Meta-Book Update

  1. Each of these descriptions pitches a book I would absolutely read, even if I didn’t know it was you. On the other hand, I’m sort of obsessed with people turning into birds right now, like to the point that I was pissed at Black Swan for promising a bird transformation that it did not deliver. So maybe I’m not representative of any general audience. But from my limited perspective, I totally want to read that.

  2. “It’s about a woman who’s pissed at God and the Methodist church, who’s turning into a flock of birds, and kind of kidnapping the Devil’s daughter. She is accompanied by her rasslin’ artist lover and her possessed friend on an adventure in ill-fated menage a trois. Troises. And there are dog people and bird people. And bird poop. And probably dog poop, though I don’t specify”

    This makes it sound like a Tom Robbins book–Even Cowgirls Get the Blues comes to mind.

    And this one, too, has promise; “It’s a light romp through the trauma of being a minister’s kid and growing up to discover that the Devil, though an excellent lover, is kind of a jerk. Plus, birds.” But, c “comic romp,” maybe?

  3. Yeah, I think I’ve got a good gist in here, I’ve just got to work it out in an easy to understand way. Or find out who Jeanette Winterson’s agent is. I’m sure that person is used to convoluted wonderfulness.

  4. I have aged out of finding Tom Robbins readable (Woody-Allen style wish fullfilment; older men and increasingly younger women who are magnetically drawn to them), but I would read the object of any of those pitches in a heartbeat.

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