I have begun the intimidating slog of manuscript submission. It threatens to eat me alive.
But only threatens. I need to use that balanced self talk that I try to instill into the inner voices of the kids I treat. Acceptance of my book in a press in a traditionally published way will not make or break my life satisfaction. I feel confident that someone out there might show some interest, and if they don’t, I can decide from there. I can’t hand over my well-being by thinking that it is solely based on my success in this venture.
Additionally I have other projects on deck that doesn’t squash the fun out of writing and I am keeping those alive to stay energized and moving toward the prize. I don’t know why everything I want in my life is always so much work.
Also I’m writing this post on the deck of my she shed and the same jumping spider has just turned up for the third time. I wonder what the attraction is.
I want to share my writing journey on this blog, but it also fits into the BookRiot category I have read into for the post, which is books that were published before Jan 1 2019 with fewer than 100 reviews on Goodreads. I’m glad BookRiot was charitable here because it was harder to come across ones with fewer than 100 ratings. I was able to use books that I already had for this one, double bonus.
It fits in because it makes me think about how much all writers share the dream of being well-known after all the time and effort that it takes to hammer out a manuscript and then you never know how it will go in the world. If it will mean anything to anyone nearly as much as it meant to you. And books without ratings are not bad books. They just haven’t found their people. Or they only apply to a small group of people.
A Book Published Before Jan 1 2019 with Fewer than 100 Reviews on GoodReads:
Triple Love Score, Brandi Megan Granett
Number of Reviews as of May 2019: 38
A quiet poetry professor has spent her life waiting for a childhood companion who disappeared from her life inexplicably years before, only to have him show back up and want to make amends and move forward as a couple with her. There is the usual corrections of the misunderstandings, which is central to the second chance at love trope. She is figuring out what to do with her life in all sorts of ways, with her hobby of posting poetry in a Scrabble format online and with her best friend having to get married all of a sudden to a boyfriend that she has had for ten years, and a romance along the way for her that proves not to be what it seemed at the outset.
This book definitely reminded me of the uncertainty and the seemingly endless possibilities and as thus, still unanswered questions that one can still have at that age. I, too, pursued academics at that point in my life, everything else being pushed aside in the meantime. I had my romances but nothing that was heading for permanence, and I still wondered if something important to me in my past could come back around and be my happily ever after (and I am certainly okay with the fact that that’s not how it happened for me). I think it’s a sign of good writing when you can empathize to that degree with a character, and that the situations presented in the story are meaningful to readers. I cared about the protagonist Miranda and understood her choices, even when her friends did not. This is a sweet, easy romance with tension but not so much that it’s hard to press on (see two previous posts if you want books on that).
My only issue with it is that I felt that the story spent way too much time on some parts, especially when she travels to be at her friend’s last minute wedding. I know that is the chance that the lovers have to get reacquainted as their adult selves and feel if they are enough of the same people where it would still work, but I felt like that was a lot of the book. There were parts that got slow, but I could just have been reading too much intense stuff lately and I have become a needy reader where I am not happy unless I am constantly jerked around emotionally by the story or the plights of the characters. I forget that some books are just easier to read and meant to be more diverting.
The Astronomer, Lawrence Goldstone
Number of Reviews as of May 2019: 56
It’s the world of sixteenth century Paris and a theology student is asked to uncover the secret that is threatening Catholocism to be granted legitimacy. He is confronted with his own religious doubts and Copernicus’ scandalous discovery of the sun, not the Earth, being the center of the universe.
This is fictionalized history but nonetheless based on fact. It takes your attention to get into and to follow. I enjoyed it, as I enjoy historical fiction and the way it helps me better understand the events of different time periods, but I can see where others might find it a struggle. I can see where it may have been slow to garner reviews. I have read most of Phillippa Gregory’s amazing Tudor novels so it was fascinating to see other parts of Europe in that period of time, how the Inquisition and mayhem played out in France. Henry VIII was mentioned anecdotally, as he was making his own religious reforms at the time and making choices that affected the other rulers at that time. Also, this explained a little better why the heliocentric model was so threatening to Catholicism.
My readers know me by now and my love for the history of white people.
Both of these were good and likely a tremendous amount of work. I’m hoping that both authors feel satisfied with their successes on getting a good book out there. As I hope I will be in that sort of a space in my life.
Maybe by the next post, which should be on self published authors which coincidentally will also be my 200th!! post, I will have figured out my post frequency for the summer. I already think I know I’m doing something different for July this year, other than my BookRiot smash up. But you’ll have to wait with baited breath to see what it is.
Also I’m not sure I finished eating my jellybeans, all I know is that they have vanished.