On Monday I went to a meeting held by the English Undergraduate Organization, or EUGO. The meeting was for those who wanted to write novels, who were writing novels, or had written novels and were unsure of what to do next (I think I fit into all of these categories, what do you think?). Two staff members from the English department, each with a couple of novels under their belts, were there to talk about their experiences and give feedback and answer questions for those of us who wanted to write novels.
That meeting was very informative and I learned several things: one was that the standard route was no longer publishing short stories before publishing novels, especially in the age of the Internet, although it does help to have a foundation so that agents and publishers can at least tell that you aren’t just some obscure wannabe. I also had an idea for Reborn City: for a while I’d been bugged by my heroine’s motivation in joining a gang, about how it just didn’t seem a realistic reason to join. However I had an epiphany at the meeting and decided to change her motive for joining the gang. Just like that the story seems so much better, and I’ve only edited a single chapter so far!
Anyway, I think after this draft Reborn City will seem that much cooler. Perhaps I might even be able to find an interested agent. I’ll let you know.
If you happen to go to my university and are interested in EUGO (and you should be, even if you just minor in English), go to their website at https://english.osu.edu/undergrad-studies/organizations-activities/eugo
All for now. Bye