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After a couple of solid weeks of work, I’m almost finished with the first editorial pass at PRODIGAL. Only have one more chapter and a short epilogue to go–which ain’t too shabby, considering that this is the holiday season. Not to worry, though. I stayed off the beer while I was slicing and dicing. I still have no idea how guys like Hemingway and Wilde (and Stephen King, for that matter) wrote while they were on the sauce. A couple sips of Belgian and I’m no damned good.

While the process has been a bit more painful this time around, it’s also been illuminating. Second novels are tougher in some ways than the first–especially living up to expectations. Toward that end, my editor has been tough as nails. She pulled absolutely no punches with the ol’ red pen, which I consider to be a compliment. It sends the message, “You’re a professional–you can take it.” Besides, she’s dead-on right almost all the time, which is both amazing and infuriating.

After this, it’s another read-through and then the manuscript goes back to New York. Then I get to chew my fingernails and see if we’re ready to head into production. An excerpt should be appearing in the new Spectra Sampler, so keep an eye out for that if you happen to hit a convention or two.

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  1. mt  January 3, 2006

    Marc, I recently finished Hammerjack and really enjoyed it.
    Thanks for the wild ride. I’m totally looking forward to Prodigal.

    On top of that, since I’m a bit of a writer myself, your insights into getting published, and what’s involved with that are quite interesting. They show the reality of the business, which is something a lot of us academic college kids need wake to up to.

    Consider me subscribed to this blogs feed.


  2. Marc G  January 3, 2006

    Hey, I’m glad you liked the book! I just hope that my war stories might help you along in this crazy business. Whenever people ask, “What’s it take to become a published author?” I usually answer, “A pretty thick skin.” And that’s AFTER you make your first sale.

    Still, when you get past all the critics and the industry folk, it’s ultimately the reader that determines if you have a career–so thanks for reading! Pass the word along if you get the chance. 🙂

    Just make sure you watch out for creative writing professors. Some of them can be great, but a lot of ’em can really drag you down–particularly if you aspire to write popular fiction. If he/she talks about theme and subtext at the expense of character and story, you just might be in trouble.

    Write what you like and just keep plugging away. It might take a while, but in the end you’ll get there.