“When I finished the first draft, in November ’97, Wired suddenly folded their book division. I got to keep most of the advance. But now it was hard to find a publisher for this odd orphan book. Finally David Hartwell of Tor picked it up early in 1998 and I even got another (smaller) advance.” (Rudy Rucker, in Broderick, D. (2000). Transrealist fiction: Writing in the slipstream of science. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. P. 169)
Wow, that sounds really hard. I wish Rucker had shared more about how incredibly super-arduous it was to get a second publisher for his book during that terribly long period from Nov 1997 to early 1998. This saga reminds me of Dr. Zhivago, really. And then he had to stoop all the way to have a book published by well-known bottom-of-the-barrel Tor. Truly, it’s a wonder any human being is capable of bearing up under these tremendous strains.
From a literary agent’s webpage:
Manuscript Wish List:
- Adult and YA fantasy and science fiction except dystopian. In SFF, prefer upmarket writing and settings/characters that think outside SFF tropes with earthy female-based characters. If submitting urban fantasy, please no demons, vampires, angels, or werewolves.
- Literary fiction, especially magical realism that highlights particular culture or surreal intellectual humor, please read this post on what is magical realism before querying.
- Historical, if the voice is strong. Please no WWII narratives.
- Genre romance
- Cozy mystery
Story submitted 11:32 AM, Saturday, May 21, 2016 (all times have been converted from the present writer’s Mountain Daylight Time to Arizona’s Mountain Standard Time)
At 11:34 AM position in queue: 91 Read more
In May 1999 George Lucas appeared on British light entertainment morning show The Big Breakfast. When interviewer Johnny Vaughn asked him to discuss the story of The Phantom Menace, the following exchange occurred. Read more
The following items are not definitive proof video games are not art, but rather exhibits of evidence suggesting they may not be.
1) They have stupid titles. Read more
Abaddon’s Gate is Literary Space Opera at its Absolute Best
by Andrew Liptak
June 3, 2013
Looks like somebody doesn’t know what “literary,” applied to a novel, means. Here’s the first page of Abaddon’s Gate by James S.A. Corey: Read more
“Hodge was so enamored of Crouch’s books that he wrote the pilot script for Wayward Pines on spec, meaning he worked for several weeks without the guarantee that he’d ever get paid.”
Oh shit. Several weeks? That is brutal. How ever did he maintain such superhuman persistence over such a lengthy time period with only the probability, not the certainty, of getting paid? If I were to give up writing, I would only have myself to blame for not succeeding, since I never showed as much persistence as this master of the will.