Thursday, April 2, 2009

Writing "THE END"

Big news.

Apprentice Writer has finished her first book,

An Epic Novel of Romance and Home Improvement

The full manuscript is gearing up to go on tour of slush piles everywhere, with the first official scouting trip already sent into the not-quite-wild-blue-yonder (a well-known agency inviting three-sentence 'Book in a Nutshell' pitches, to be precise).

To celebrate, here is the Prologue in its first public appearance. The goldfish welcomes any and all comments. (Seriously. Its scales have been toughened enough from contest entries to absorb constructive criticism, yet are still sensitive enough to appreciate praise.)

"She blamed the goldfish.

With hindsight, Josie could pinpoint the instant when she descended into a life of crime. It was the moment she looked into those trusting underwater eyes, and realized she had no choice. She couldn't live with herself if she didn't take action - consequences be damned. So, really, if the fish hadn't been right there, right then, doing infinite laps round its private little pool, her destiny would probably have taken a different shape..."


Carrie Lofty said...

Congratulations!! No matter what happens to this MS, it will always be especially special to you because it was your first. I'm so proud of you.

Abby said...

Hooray, hooray! Not only is it a great achievement in itself, it means Apprentice Hubby is finally off your case :)

storm grant said...

Congrats! That's a major achievement. Do you want any help with your query letter?
(Gina from your TRW group)

M. said...


Thank you, my friends.

Carrie - "especially special" indeed! You were there almost from the start. The goldfish and I appreciate your perseverance.

Abby - Haha! Don't you know it! He's celebrating by going to San Francisco and leaving me with the junior writers for 4 days!
Well, he has no choice about it, really, but there still seems to be some kind of cosmic 'What the...?' about it.

Storm - Bless you. The goldfish and I would LOVE some feedback on our query. Just as soon as the half-written thing is all-written. At the latest by next meeting. I will gladly campaign for your continued member-services candidacy if this is the level of support you provide!

Thomma Lyn said...

Congratulations on finishing your novel! That's fabulous. And your prologue is hilarious. :-D

M. said...

thanks,TL!The fish and I are happy you liked it;-)

Julia Smith said...

Woo hoo! *applause*