Did you know…
Nicholas Sparks’ first two novels were never published?
He wrote his first novel in 1985, and then he buried it in his attic. The same happened to his second. It wasn’t until early 1995 that an agent signed him for a little novel called The Notebook. Enough said.
The dead-end manuscript happens to every writer. You know. The one under your bed or buried somewhere within the depths of your hard drive, never to see the light of day. Maybe it was your first practice novel or a story that just never got picked up by an agent. Or perhaps someone out there beat you to the punch by a few months (which happened to me recently – no kidding. Same genre, setting, and time in history and everything).
So what do you do? (once you’re finished banging your head against a wall)
Do you bury/burn/blow it up in your backyard and move on? Before you do, have you considered all your options? All may not be lost. [Read more…]