It is hard to believe that almost seven years ago I started work on Marky, Slash & Levy. I have learned alot about the book industry in those years. I have learned how difficult it is to find an agent, and how some never even reply to you. As these years have gone by I have not come any closer to acheiving my goals than when I started. I picked a publisher who did nothing to the book but print it, meaning it is an editorial workout. I have no money and that is the handicap that ties your arms up. When you cant pay for things to be made, they wont, when you cant pay people for services, you play the waiting game for when they decided to do it, and your options as far as getting out and doing things are slim at best.
Lately in my mind I have become obsessed with making something out of my series, nothing huge, just somthing I can do to support my family. What it has done is turn me into a miserable person. The constent fight against agents who don’t even send a formal letter to you, passing up events because your broke and cant do it. When you can’t afford to do much little if any buzz is generated about your work. Thats buzzkill!
I think, “If only I had a literary agent, or someone to help edit, or someone to draw up all my illustrations.” I have a wonderful series, just no way to get it started. Things would be different if I was making some sort of progress, even if it was slow, progress is progress. The last three years have been all but dead. As for the brochure, it may not even come to be as none of the drawings are started and I hoped to take it to the printers the end of Feburary.
Its eating me up inside and it is not fair to my family. This is simply me venting out some things.
I just joined a new site www.filedby.com/author/l_b_fox. I hope you can check it out from time to time.
Really sad but there is not much at all to say right now. The every night thing has gone to a few times a week due to the lack of progress right now. I hope my lack of daily fill keeps you from listening to me go on and on. This are looking really good for 2010. Let’s you and me hope they stay that way and on track.
You know when I started writing on here I had hoped to talk to you everynight!? By midnight I am exhausted and fall asleep. I wonder, does it really matter? Is anyone reading? Oh well, if you are reading, I appriciate it very much so. As for writing, right no NOTHING, between work and kids, I have little creative flow. If I were to write, it would be forced, which is something I always regret the next time I am on.
The brochure is up in the air, at the mercy of those who are, (or not) drawing the pictures.
I am very tired, I hope you will check me out again, lots of things coming!!
As I sit here, I cant help but think about the saying, “Nothing worth having comes easy.” In the case of Marky, Slash & Levy that could not be more true. A few months ago I decided to make a brochure to submit to literary agents so that these agents could see the characters I have created and read about the magical world they are invovled in. For this brochure I have 20 some of what I call “chicken scratch” drawings of my characters that I am supposed to be having drawn into more ‘professional’ illustrations. I have planned to print and mail these brochures out the first of March, I am wondering if that will even be possible? I have to pictures in the hands of two wonderful artists, however, one took free copies of my series three weeks ago and I have not heard back from him since. The other person has had their drawings for 2 1/2 months and the last time I asked, they had not even started on them.
I feel like I am going insaine, what I need is not getting done, my time frame is up in the air and I have no idea what to do about it. The most uncomfortable thing about these setbacks is because I can see things so clearly in my mind. I am not sure what to do, I’ll have the money, but might not have the product.
The hardest thing about being a writer for me is the not getting my material out there.
We always think we are invinceable throughout life. Then a bump in the road makes us think.
My second son, Ethan, has a small indention on his right thigh muscle. After going to the doctor Jennifer and I were told that is was more than likely from the steriod shot he got a year ago when he had prblems breath, (which we later found out was from the carpet in our dining room). Still the doctor mentioned the “C” word…Cancer.
Invenceable, I don’t think so. More likely than not, the doctor thinks it is probably the shot that made the small indention in his muscle, since he is healthy and growing like a weed as he should.
Still this evening I think about my sons and how much they mean to me. I would gladly though everything I have ever written away for their health and saftey. Simply, Marky, Slash & Levy are no match for Lynden, Ethan & Rylen. Though I have had a hand in all 6 creation theres not contest!
With life so short, it has made me think about going after what I want. Marky, Slash & Levy are bound for more and only I can make that happen, I never know, tomorrow is always up in the air!
Love your kids!!!
It is so hard to believe that it has been 12 years since I first thought of writing a story based on myself and my two closest friends. At the time it was merely thoughts of “what would I write about?” “How would it go?” Little did I know that it would become the small little success it has. I remember setting in study hall one day, just thinking about how great it would be if only I could write a simple short story about the three of us.
Today I was reminded of just what made me start thinking those things again. Today my family and I joined my old friend from high school, Nick, for his daughter’s 10th birthday. Being in the military, we had hardly spoken in over five years, as he and his family moved alot and so on. At first I wasn’t sure if we would have anything to talk about. It did not take but a second before we were talking like old days and enjoying the cake and ice cream.
I visited again that evening at his folks home, and of all things work on his new family van. I can speak only for myself when I say that it felt like nothing had changed, though so much had. In a retrospect it was like the series coming full circle. Just as Marky, Slash and Levy’s friendship endured so much they never completely lose sight of what friendship is really worth.
As for me I was reminded why we became friends so many years ago. I look forward to many more!
I look forward to hearing from you all at my blog site at thewritingsoflbfox.blogspot.com
I to hear from you!!! L.B.
Well last night was New Year’s Eve and Jennifer and the boys and I went to my in-laws house for the ball drop and spent the night, so I wasn’t even near a computer. New Year’s Eve Eve found me too tired to stay awake to write, I apologize very much.
As the new year starts I am thinking of the ideas I have for the Marky, Slash & Levy Series and the brochure I want to make when the tax money comes in around the end of Feburary. I hope (stress hope) to have all the drawings down by then and can place them inside. Something colorfull to hopefully catch the attention of an agent. In a world where and agent doesnt even have to reply to your query, I have to try something.
I didn’t sleep well last night but am trying to make the day a good one. I welcome 2010 with big dreams and high hopes!