Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Being prodded by Cate to write this

I mentioned in my twitter feed that since I finished the first draft of Invasion yesterday I had an idea that seems worth pursuing. It is not a supernatural novel (it might end up being novella length. I am not sure at this point. However long it takes to get the idea down.) but it is a thriller. I am going to go for a pulp feel to it. I will be curious to see how long it takes to pound this one out. Something about having your house invaded by a previous tenant is a scary prospect to me.

I have also managed to rack up three rejections from some pro- markets this week. At least I am consistent.

If anyone here doesn't read Aaron's blog he and Ed over at Strange publications are donating the proceeds of the remaining Tainted books (very excellent reading. I give it a two thumbs way up on the spookiness and readability meter) to the Red Cross for the Australian fires that are tearing up Victoria as we speak. If you don't have a copy, please order. You will be doing your library some good and for a good cause. (If you ask nicely he might even sign it for you. Sorry Aaron but I had to throw that in)

16 comments:

K.C. Shaw said...

The pulp thriller idea sounds excellent! Even to people who don't read them, the words "pulp thriller" is exciting. :) Good luck with the project!

Jamie Eyberg said...

I don't know, for some reason Pulp is what I have really been enjoying lately. I am starting a pretty good collection of Hard Case Crime books.

Catherine J Gardner said...

I hope I didn't prod too hard - sometimes I don't know my own strength. I love pulp thrillers so good luck with this one.

Oh, and rejections from pro-markets don't count. Well, that's how I see it anyway.

Aaron Polson said...

I agree with Cate. I fully expect a rejection from a pro market, no matter how wonderful the story.

Ramsey Campbell has a great short story, "Where the Heart Is", along the lines of home invasion. I know you can find it in Alone with the Horrors and other collections. Definately worth a read.

Jamie Eyberg said...

Cate- they count but they don't seem to count as much.

Aaron- thanks for the read. I will have to look that one up.

Natalie L. Sin said...

If you ask REALLY nicely, he'll send a signed picture of himself wearing only a strategically placed copy of the book.

Jamie Eyberg said...

I don't think I want that Nat.

Aaron Polson said...

Ummmm...will I?

Danielle Ferries said...

Sorry about the rejections, but the new idea sounds excellent.

Jeremy Kelly said...

i was just thinking Hard Case Crime while reading your post - good luck, sounds very interesting and invasive, pun intended.

Jamie Eyberg said...

Jeremy- I haven't read a Hard Case Crime yet that I haven't liked.

Danielle- don't worry about the rejections. I don't. Just numbers really. I am excited about the idea.

BT said...

I look forward to hearing more about the new project as it gets underway - and feel free to flick anything my way you'd like looked at before, after, or during the process.

I've gone off counting rejections. I've even taken the counter off the blog. It's a part of writing life. It's now just part of the process.

But guys, don't ever expect a rejection from the pro markets. Send bad vibes and what more can you expect in return. The fact that it just wasn't right at that time for that editor or that particular publication, does not mean it wasn't good enough to be published in a pro market.

Aaron - I'll be throwing in my order shortly - yes I'd like it signed - no pictures required - although if you wish to forward it to Nat so she can strategically place the book and supply a photo of her person, I wouldn't be upset...

Jamie Eyberg said...

B.T.- thanks for the encouragement. I agree. If I thought they didn't stand a chance or weren't good enough I wouldn't bother to send them at all. Actually Nat has a really good story in that book but there are lots of good ones in there.

Bobbie Metevier said...

Congrats on completing your manuscript! And good luck with the next one.

Jamie Eyberg said...

Thank you. :)

Carrie Harris said...

Yay! I'm throwing you a finished-the-first-draft party!!!