It’s not that long ago I was feeling glum about ever getting another book published. Look at me, here, in the past, all glum. Now I have two books coming out at the same time. It’s pretty hard to feel glum about that (though knowing … Continue reading A happy ending to a long story of rejection
Want to see me on a stage at Melbourne Writers Festival? I’ll be posing as an author at two Melbourne Writers Festival events, a ‘Silver Screen Science’ session featuring the movie Outbreak, and a session with two of my favourite-ever co-panellists, Michael Green and James … Continue reading Melbourne Writers Festival & an impersonation of Bob Brown
Just a quick post to nervously gloat that my unpublished novella, Formaldehyde, has been shortlisted for Seizure’s Viva la Novella prize. Six of us are on the list, three of us get our novellas published. Last years’ winners were bloody gorgeous (you can see them here and honestly you might as well buy one or four while you’re there) so I’m pretty excited.
It’s a great initiative – because, seriously, it’s not easy to get a novella published – so if you have a long-short or short-long story hanging around, get to work making it good before entries open for Viva la Novella 4.
For about 14 years I’ve been working on and off on a novella that became a novel and is now back to being a novella again. I was determined to wrap it up or chuck it out this year, and have been putting in some serious polishing work. Knowing I’d have to write a sales pitch for it if I was going to try get it published, I started reading some popular books in the sub-genre and just this morning came across, in a book by a HUGELY famous author, a scene that was almost exactly the same as a scene in my story. It was so weird. The originals of both mine and his stories were written around the same time, and I’m pretty sure I didn’t even subliminally copy his (and unless he was hanging round my loungeroom secretly I know he didn’t copy mine), but there it was.
What do you do in that situation? I’ve just rewritten the scene so it’s a little less eerily similar. But did I need to?
Now I know who the main character is… [Thanks to Wordle]