I’m used to being interviewed about asexuality, but this time someone who became aware of my work through The Invisible Orientation ended up reaching out to me for an interview regarding my webcomics. It was a nice change to discuss something other than asexuality.
If you’d like some insight into my webcomics, my process, my thoughts on non-traditional media, my techniques, and my philosophy regarding art, I am linking the interview with Alex Dueben below.
One of the agents I’m talking to asked me to scale my Bad Fairy book back from 146,000 words to 115,000 or less because that fits the length that’s commonly accepted in the market for first novels. If I can do that then she’ll look at it.
I considered it for a while and decided that even though it’d likely be hell, she’s probably doing me a favor. I’ve had a couple full-manuscript-reading agents end up passing on my project citing a saggy middle or problems with the pacing. So . . . maybe an ultimatum like this is the best way to help me tighten it up, like it or not.
It’s just frustrating because I already got it down to 146,000 words from its original 171,000 words (mostly with Jessie’s help), and I thought THAT was monumental. The ridiculous word count was part of the reason I never entered this book in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition; they have a word cap of 150,000 words. I was astounded when I slipped below that for the first time.
And now I’ve gotta do it again. I’m not looking forward to it but I need to roll up my sleeves.
In the meantime, I made a comic about it for So You Write. Haha.
I’m having a lot of fun networking with other writers and sharing experiences, and I was looking for a new artistic outlet to use my Copic markers, so my new webcomic So You Write was born.
It’s a huge departure from Negative One since it actually tries to be funny and has some semblance of background, but I know I’m not really a strong artist and I’d appreciate it if you didn’t make fun of me. 🙂
This comic incorporates autobiographical experiences I’ve had with writing, querying, and all kinds of creativity-junkie lifestyle references. Real people make cameos and whatnot. I hope all you writer types enjoy it.