I’m back in the crowdfunding game. I’ve launched a campaign on Patreon to help fund my writing career. I could definitely use the support, and the most that you’d have to contribute a month is $10. The details can be found @ http://www.patreon.com/alexisawriter. Thank you for your support.
Do you remember the query letter that I sent to Fuse Literary Agency in March? Well, last week, I finally heard back from them. Their response was in the negative. With my bad luck, I may have to resort back to self publishing and crowd funding.
A few days ago, I sent out the most comprehensive query letter that I have ever done. It was sent to Connor Goldsmith of the Fuse Literary Agency, and it took four fucking months to complete. Not only did I submit a standard query letter, but I also sent the first two chapters of Strongman, as well as a synopsis, in the same document. Agents generally frown upon e-mail attachments in queries, so you often have to put the synopsis and the chapters after the query. And if you know anything about synopses, you know that they can be a bitch to write. Thankfully, I found a process where I divide it into 11 parts, fill each part out, and put them together. I don’t know when or if I’ll get a response from Mr. Goldsmith. I do hope that this works out.
First, it was “Good People in Bad Times”. Then, it was “Saint Graziano the Good”. And then, it was “Seasons Change”. And now, my novel has a fourth (and more suitable) name:
I will update this blog’s title in due course to reflect the name change. I am also working on the podcast novel version. Thank you.
The manuscript for “Seasons Change” can now be accessed for free at The Pirate Bay and Kickass Torrents. It’s in PDF format and comes with a cover letter, which has my contact information. I included it to assure you that you are getting original material. If you do download, please seed for as long as possible, preferably at least 24 hours. Thanks.
I’ve been having difficulties making it in the business. The recent news of some One Direction fan bitch landing a book deal based on her damn fan fiction on Wattpad has struck me the wrong way. I wonder, why is it that I can’t get even a toenail on the door, when others can get it almost instantaneously? It horrified me. It depresses me. It makes me think that my only employable skill isn’t worth a damn, and that all the years I spent writing, reading, and honing my craft were all for naught. So, does my writing suck? I don’t want to day that it does, of course, but from what I’ve experienced, it’s not even good enough for trashy fan fiction. I may come across as negative, but it’s because writing is everything to me, and I can’t help but be discouraged when I face setbacks in my chosen profession. I desperately want and need to be a success. Writing is the only thing that I know that I can do, and now I’m doubting my talents, if I had any to begin with. What am I doing wrong? What am I doing right?
That is the new title of my novel, previously known as “Saint Graziano the Good”. It came to me this afternoon, with “Seasons Change” by the 80s girl group Expose’ playing in my brain, as I was perusing the Internet for title suggestions. For the moment, I have that settled. Now, what to do about the title of this blog?
The title “Saint Graziano the Good” sounds so clunky, so cumbersome, so boring. I thought that it was a cute title at the beginning, but I’ve grown to be disappointed with it. If I want my first novel to be even a cult hit, I need to give it a snazzier title, with one caveat: I absolutely refuse to begin the title with a gerund. Those titles suggest a lack of inspiration and individuality.
So, here are some titles off the top of my head:
IN THE WORST OF FAMILIES
MEMOIRS OF THE UNLOVED AND UNWANTED
I DON’T DRINK WINE
AN ITALIAN-CANADIAN MAN
THE GOOD (FOR NOTHING) SON
HOW I DESTROYED MY FAMILY AND SAVED MY LIFE
G.T.A. (GRAZIANO’S TRIUMPH OVER ADVERSITY)
THE FALL AND WINTER OF MY DISCONTENT
A TORONTO SAGA
I’m not very good with titles, so any help is welcome.
After some thought, I have decided that once and for all, crowdfunding is not for me. I just don’t have the goods to get people to financially support my stuff. In effect, my campaign (hosted by Trevolta) to get to the Writer’s Digest Conference this August in New York City is over. Well, not officially. It officially ends on the 10th of July, but let’s face it: unless something miraculous happens between now and then, I can just kiss the dream goodbye.