5th April, 2011: Locus magazine

Well, there it is:

I’m in the April edition of Locus, as the very last item in the Books Sold section. Locus magazine is THE trade magazine for the genre publishing industry, and a subscription is pretty much essential for any writer.

For some reason, this little news snippet – a single tiny paragraph at the bottom of a list of authors that makes the mind boggle – was what I was waiting for. One of the weird things about your dream coming true is that it doesn’t feel real – okay, that sounds both obvious and twee at the same time, but it’s true. It’s not so much the fact that I have a book deal with a terrific imprint, and I have an agent with a terrific agency. It’s more basic than that – people are going to read my stuff. People are going to BUY my stuff? Like, Empire State? And Seven Wonders? Like, what?

It must be true. It was in Locus magazine!

Writing this week consists of Hang Wire, which is now heading into the endgame, two synopses (for Dark Heart and Ludmila, My Love), and plotting for Night Pictures. The synopsis for Dark Heart is interesting, considering how long ago I wrote the book. The manuscript itself is going to need a very strong edit – this was the first full-length novel I wrote. I’ve been skimming it as I compiled the synopsis, and it seemed pretty interesting, which is a good sign. Hopefully I’ll get that out of the way (the synopsis, not the edit!) today.

Project: Hang Wire (serial killers and superheroes in San Francisco)
Words yesterday: 2,030
Words total: 72,629/100,000 (72%)
Total words for 2011: 102,610

  • That’s so cool! Which reminds me – I’d better renew my subscription to Locus so I can admire my own entry 🙂

    Know what you mean about the need to thoroughly edit an old manuscript. I’m working on the sequel to my first, and it’s practically a rewrite from scratch. There are some cool ideas in there, but the plot is held together with coincidences the size of which would make Thomas Hardy blush!

  • well done, sir
    #TeamDecker FTW!!

  • Hey, this is awesome. Can’t wait to read it!