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2105 words today on the Gotham Jazz proposal, and it's done except for the synopsis. Which I think I will try to write tonight or possibly tomorrow. Surely I can come up with something that looks like a coherent plot by then. Especially since it just has to be a plot, not necessarily the plot.

I am the Goddamn Batman. And also the Kumquat Haagen-Daas.

Monday, I have to start my fairy story. And then when that's done, the proposal for May Mazer and the Ghost Ship. Whee!

But first, various things involving scambling around on icy roofs, trying not to get killed.

State of the Honeydew:


The book proposal currently known as May Mazer and the Ghost Ship
The book proposal currently known as Gotham Jazz.
Modern Fae story: ("Patience & Fortitude" (or possibly otherwise "The Slaughtered Lamb," aka The Mighty Drag Werewolf Story) March 1, 2011
OWW EC review: March 15, 2011
ad eternum and "Underground" (New Amsterdam IV & chapbook): March 30, 2011
Realms of Fantasy column: April 28, 2011
The Shaded King (Bone and Jewel Creatures II): April 30, 2011
Shattered Pillars: November 2, 2011
An Apprentice to Elves: December 1, 2011 (with [info]truepenny)
SF Horror story ("Form & Void"): December 25, 2011

World Horror Convention (barcon only): April 28-May 1 2011
Leprecon 37: May 6-8 2011
KGB reading: May 18 2011
Eurocon: June 17-19 2011 (barring volcanoes)
Fourth Street Fantasy Conversation: June 23-26 2011
Odyssey: July 1, 2011
Clarion: July 10-16, 2011
Viable Paradise: October 7-16, 2011

and 2012:
"Latency": March 2012
Steles of the Sky : November 2012
"Underworld": September 2012


"Dark Leader": March 2013
"Something's Gotta Eat T. rexes": September 2013

No fixed deadline:

"The Deeps of the Sky"
Karen Memory
Smile (unless its name is actually Salt Water)
Unsuitable Metal
"Untitled Space Opera Thingy"
"Steel Monkey"
"Posthumous Jonson"
"The Death of Terrestrial Radio"
"On Safari in R'lyeh and Carcosa with Gun and Camera"


Especially since it just has to be a plot, not necessarily the plot.

This is my philosophy of proposals, exactly.
I think it's the Great Unspoken Proposal Conspiracy.
Many years ago one Christmas Eve (which can be translated from the vulgar tongue as "No Shit There I Was...) when I was up at the farm we came back from church and the furnace was off.

Jeff and his father in law took a look outside and there was an ice cap frozen over the chimney opening.

Being Smart North Dakotan Farmers they got a ladder and climbed up TO THE PITCHED METAL ROOF so they could blast the ice off with a shotgun.


Jeff was not the one who fell off.

Luckily Harold landed in a six foot deep snowdrift. When I saw him the next morning he told me, in his quiet Lake Woebegon voice, "I was gonna go help with the milking run, but now I don't think so...

See? This is why we rig for a belay.
Yay. Play safe. I may be playing with the roof rake myself later....
And also the Kumquat Haagen-Daas.

Can I be one of the Benand Jerryits?
Could I stop you? :-)
>> I am the Goddamn Batman. And also the Kumquat Haagen-Daas.

Goo goo ga joob.
Out of curiosity, do you have any tips for putting a proposal together? Do most publishing houses have their own preferred format, or is there a middle ground you can advise prospective writers on?

Please don't kill yourself scrambling around on roofs. :S
Mostly, to sell on proposal, you have to be a known name--a published writer--and probably working through an agent or with an editor you have worked with before.

Otherwise, it's full manuscript or nothing.
I didn't realize you were coming to WHC! There are a bunch of us VPeeps here in town--you should let us take you out for BBQ or TexMex or something.
I'm only there for Barcon. But yes, I hope to see you there.