Well, it was my turn this week, and I have to say my mind feels melted, after re-watching the Lost Season 5 finale, finishing a Peanuts Biography, and witnessing my beloved Cleveland Cavaliers fall for the first time in the NBA playoffs in ridiculously dramatic fashion. (shakes fist! Damn you, Orlando!)
So basically…I’m exhausted, and I thought, boy, wouldn’t it be nice to have something I could just cut and paste? And that’s when I had an idea that might be helpful to you. I realized that, out of the 5 magazines my work has appeared, 4 of them are because I cut and pasted a section from a long-ago crappy novel.
Like a lot of writers (I think) I have several unpublishable novels locked up. But what I’ve been able to do is pull the good stuff out, (usually a short story or a flash fiction piece) slap on a new beginning and end, and voila! New story. Even better than that, if that newly manipulated short story does get published, when you send out that same novel it came from (if you still have hope it can be published) you can say in your query…
An excerpt of this novel has appeared in DudeYouTotallyRock Literary Review. Or something like that.
So…if you’re looking for a new way to market your stuff, but don’t have the energy or time to create something beautifully new and powerful, look back on the history of material you’ve created. You just might have something there that just needs plucked out of that 1,083 page book.
Has anyone else had any luck doing this? Or if you just want to vent about Lost or the Cleveland Cavaliers, I’d be happy to listen, cause I’m going nuts over here. =).