“Keep your eye on that one. Anticipate.”
The ICC begins tomorrow and runs through Sunday. According to WW’s gracious and patient marketing director, Kelley Barnes-Herrmann, the winning* novel will be announced during the con.

It is a strange sensation knowing that a life's ambition might be fulfilled within 24 hours. I can still remember the closing night of every Ren Faire I’ve worked, and the bitter sweet recognition that I had just finished an important benchmark in Harley's life. (That bitterness was always offset by a shower and 15 year-old Harley’s anticipation/dread of the closing night party. I’ve really led a blessed life.)

But of novels and announcements.

What this means for me personally is that I’ll be on nails and needles through the end of the weekend. An announcement at the Con doesn’t mean that they’ll let the rest of us know right away, so we might be waiting until Monday or Tuesday of next week.

I wish I could say that I was a better person, and living up to the standards set by EC, with "fire and forget submissions." The reasoning goes that if I can’t do anything to influence the decisions made by Stewart Wieck and his people, so what’s the point of mooning over it? Sadly, if you know anything about me then you know that I’m far from evolved. Perhaps devolved even, the lizard brain driving me on with the single-minded obsession that can only be attributed to the feeding habits of reptiles and lower mammals.

So where does that leave us? In some ways, it’d be easier to not post until I have an answer. Certainly that would be more professional. But it other ways to do so would be concealing the gaping holes in Harley’s psyche. For me, for this forum, it’s important to acknowledge my “weaknesses” as an author. Maybe weaknesses isn’t the right word. Perhaps it is simply giving recognition to the entire author, and not simply reveling in the triumphant portions. So here goes.

-I want the novel. Badly.

-I’ll be heartbroken if it is rejected. It’s a good book. Not brilliant, but good, and with a solid rewrite I’d be proud to hand it over to a publisher.

-I wrote it in 4 months and spare weeks, while working a fulltime job with overtime, with the mere semblance an outline. Two 90k+ projects stacked atop one another meant bad news. Never again.

-I did get paid $1,100.00 for this little number, which is a lot more than my last novel. Or the one before that.

-Yea or nay, I’ll still be writing.

When the dust settles, if Harley’s novel is standing triumphant atop the slush pile, it will be because of the points listed above. And if Harley’s novel ends up one of the corpses, it will also be due to the points listed above.

24 hours. I’ll be in agony until we know, folks.

Thanks for reading.


*That phrase grinds at me. “Winning novel.” A novel doesn’t do anything. It’s written and then – sometimes – read. Still, it is a contest and my 90k words are being weighed against similar collections of words stacked in slightly different orders. Anyhow.


At 1:45 PM, Blogger Jeff LaSala said...

I'll be the first to offer a prayer for this. And I'll be the first to purchase the book, if gets published. And if it doesn't, you can expect emails from me asking if I can at least read it. A novel is a novel, and I don't think the best writer never pined about getting one.

Here's to agonizing waiting, a shared experience.

At 4:00 PM, Blogger Marcy said...

All available body parts crossed for you, Grimmy!

(You know, that actually sounds kind of dirty...heh)

At 4:17 PM, Blogger Grimbones said...

*laugh* That's alright. I know better than to hit on the wife of a soldier...

You'd whip my butt. ;)


At 6:56 PM, Blogger Bret said...

Best of luck, Harley!

At 8:52 AM, Blogger Paul S. Kemp said...

Good luck, Harley.

At 10:55 AM, Anonymous erik said...

Pulling for you, Harley! :)

I can try some dark magic for you, if you like, but publishers usually have strong wills.


At 11:20 AM, Blogger Mike said...

Best of luck to you, sir - not that I think you need it, but I'll send it along regardless. :)

And as indicated above by Mr. LaSala, I want to read this bad boy at some point. I'd prefer to buy it from the bookstore, but I'll settle for printing out the Word document if there's a colossal voting error.

At 3:14 PM, Blogger ec said...

Good luck!

It's easier to give advice than to follow it, and I'll admit that I'm probably not as good at "sending and forgetting" as I should be. It's difficult NOT to wonder about the fate of a submitted manuscript. The key, I think, is to start work on something new as soon as a manuscript goes out the door. That way we can multitask: work AND wonder. :)

At 5:02 PM, Blogger matt said...

Can we get Saurus to call the CON on Sunday night to get an earlier update? ;)

At 9:07 PM, Blogger saurus said...

I'm already trying to find hidden pre-release pages, gimme a break! ;)

if i were a con, i'd announce it on saturday night (sunday folks are going to be leaving and you won't have a chance to sell books (assuming they've already printed them - i would have)). it's 9pm in the east, which means... 8pm where the con is (i believe) (but i also just like using parens), so i'd say within the next few hours we should know something...

At 12:41 PM, Blogger Marcy said...

Was there an announcement? Have we just not heard yet, or did they flake and put it off again?

At 10:20 AM, Blogger saurus said...

nothing yet. some other chap started a thread on the white wolf boards, onto which another chosen author pipped up saying he hadn't heard either. i tracked him down to his livejournal, but nothing there in relation to hearing one way or another. bloody bother i say.


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