I think I’ve found the greatest blog in the world.
I usually find great blogs by stumbling from one website to the next in a haphazard way. This one, however, I found after trying once more to find information on submitting to agents and publishers. It’s the blog of Lynn Price, the editorial director of Behler Publications, and I must say I learned more in the last two days of reading that I did in the last two months of searching.
It is wonderful – absolutely wonderful – to finally gain insight into the process and business of publishing. Lynn has a great perspective because she is a writer as well, and she understands the (frequently neurotic) creative process.
What really made me jump for joy was the posts where she talks about characters, plots, etc – the nuts and bolts of good writing, and what she, as an editor, looks for in a submission. Behler wouldn’t be interested in the Novel – they don’t publish that type of work – but good writing doesn’t change from one genre to the next, and I trust that what she says is good, solid advice. And I was overjoyed when I examined my own writing, based on that advice, and found that I’m doing it well.
I know I have the skill to be published. Not at the moment, of course – I wouldn’t show a second draft of anything to my own mother, let alone an agent – but I’m confident that with a lot of hard work, I can get the Novel into shape and find it a publishing house. And even though it’s not possible, I wish it could be Behler.