Dear Book : A Love Letter From An Author To Her Unpublished Novel

Dear Book,

magic book via eyesofodysseus

Though no lit. agent has asked to see more of you, though no publisher has picked you up for printing, though you haven’t landed us on a single bestseller list or won us any awards (because I’ve just started pitching you to agents and you can’t be found online, or in a store, or anywhere else in print) … you’ve achieved marvelous things already. And I’m writing this letter to share my gratitude for those accomplishments. So Buckle your pages, sit back, and enjoy the stellar praise from the person that created you!!

  1. You gave me purpose. How’s that for starters?? I wasn’t sure I could be a writer. True, I knew I liked to write, but the writing I’d done before I sat down to write you didn’t fill all the elements of my soul so completely and wonderfully as writing you did. Thank you for allowing me to find me, and allowing me to be me – in more harmonious fashion. Took us a year and a half to make you complete, but the rewards reaped from writing you have been blessings only you could have bestowed upon me. Thank you!
  2. You taught me I CAN finish something! As my long, horrible track record of unfinished work shows: I’d never finished any project until I took you on – and wrote you right til the end. Through revision after revision, you nagged at my brain noodle and begged me to make you whole/better. For some crazy reason, I accepted your challenge, probably because you believed I could do so without f***ing you up. I’m still not sure why you trusted me. Every time I sat down to “improve you”, I wasn’t sure if that’s what was I was doing, or if I was overworking you to a point of phony pretension. Why worry? I didn’t want to destroy everything awesome you stood for in your rough draft form. I didn’t want to jumble the plot, add too much where unnecessary or cut out the great bits that made you You. Somehow, you allowed me, an unproven amateur, to write you to completion. The good news is I think we struck the right balance between edited and instinctual writing due to our sessions together. Bravo Book, bravo – for trusting me and letting me finally prove myself as an author that can finish something, Aka, you.
    **** More edits are coming. This counts as fair warning.
  3. Thank you for teaching me that with patience, pain, perseverance, and a lot of elbow grease (plus minimal moments of joy) that I can suffer through what it means to be an artist and still call art my passion. Untested passions walk a tightrope of existence within their carriers, with their carriers always fearing the day that their passions will break or be extinguish by testing.
    Now I get why artists say that only those willing to suffer through their art and come out on the other side have felt the artist experience.
    How I still love writing, and call it my calling after all the times I swore I hated it, is only because I never hated writing You enough to quit You. I thought about it, sure – All the damn time. But now I can wear my artist badge proudly because I’ve survived the fires of suffering for you.
    What suffering you ask? Childbirth isn’t pain free = You weren’t easy to write. As you well know, You are complex and varied: a mash up of different themes ranging from memoir to dark comedy to suspense to thriller to psychological mind f**k to cozy beach read – ok, there’s not too much that’s cozy about you (and we both are grateful for the boldness of your voice and plot), and yes, you can be read at the beach. But you get my point. Your main character is the lovable villainess you wanted her to be because you allowed me the time to writer in all of her dynamics. That didn’t happen overnight, and it wasn’t a candy rainbow stroll in the park either. Or Is your main character completely innocent? Maybe she’s batshit crazy… batshit crazy genius crazy! Or maybe she’s all three?? That’s up to your readers to decide. I’m curious to see which personality suit they pick her to wear by the end. You book, are therefore, also an experiment in perception. How cool is that?
  4. You taught me how to write. When I started scribbling the first words (that would later become you) in that burgundy notebook out of frustrations/ worry that I might never finish anything/sell anything, I was an okay writer. I wasn’t horrible. Okay, I was kind of horrible, and definitely nowhere near great. Back to topic: When I started crafting you in that notebook, I wasn’t concerned. I just wanted a mad soap opera of a story that made headline news look like child’s play. Since then, I’ve learned it was only through working on you that I was able to learn: how to bring plot into the mix at the right points, how to paint a scene (describe scenes, smells, colors, fabrics in exciting ways). You also taught me how to craft a metaphor like my life depended on it, how to perfect dialogue while stay away from dreaded use of adverbs in dialogue. You taught me about pacing, and scene closings, and chapter joiners, and staying on topic, and cutting the excess, and giving shared responsibility to other characters, and so much more. You schooled me. It hurt like hell. For the record, let me say that I took some big beatings on my brain noodle to get your teachings ingrained. But I am grateful for every lesson, knowing full well there are more to come. You taught me that I can always be a better writer, and for that, I am humbled and happy.
  5. You allowed me to share my work with others. Before I wrote you, I never wanted anyone to see anything I’d written. Yeah, yeah. You might disagree because I let a few friends see some stuff years ago. But to me that doesnt count because I knew their comments would err on the side of kindness. Showing your work to your friends that aren’t writers isn’t the same thing showing your work to strangers that are writers to get a “real” critique. You forced me to show you to complete strangers!!! It was scarier for me than it was for you, trust me. But they were praise worthy and kind!! I was shocked. You weren’t. You knew how good you were, and kept begging us to parade you for more eyes to see. The more we showed you off, the less fear we had in doing so. Now we are sending you to complete strangers called literary agents. We got to this point because after many months of you telling me you were ready for new eyes, I’m finally convinced you are an Entity that can stand on your own two feet. Yes, you need an editor to get even strong, but you’re almost there – in book form, standing on a shelf or lying on a table at Barnes and Noble – the ultimate physical test for any Book. And it’s All because you begged me to share you with others, even before you had all your chapters done. Book, you’re one brave, crazy, outspoken piece of work. That’s why I love you, and I hope others will love you too for who you are. But remember that wherever you go, and how many eyes see your pages, you’re still mine!
  6. With number 5 on the list comes number 6….You taught me how to handle negative feedback. Oh… It wasn’t easy. No one is saying I didn’t cry and contemplate throwing you in the trash (sorry, I look like a bad mom for admitting this, but it’s true. I can say this on WordPress because I didn’t do it. I also didn’t drive off the road, down into a ditch so I could kill myself instead of having to revise you and make you better. Yep, showing you to new eyes didn’t always bring glowing reviews. Your own grandfather (a harsh critic, trust me. If he didn’t like my grade school artwork, he told me.) said it was boring in parts, though he liked the MC (main character) and found you immensely quotable throughout. So we revised it accordingly, but we kept the essence of you intact. Another beta reader said you were too much to read because you were too weird and strange and edgy and graphic (which is why we love you).  I think he made it through three chapters before you overwhelmed him and he stopped reading. But, after I got done crying and contemplating laying you down for a dirt nap or killing myself… I realized that your critics hated you for the very reasons I loved you. You, Book, are sassy, wild, rugged, and say it like it is. You swear, and talk about abuse and jacked up families and drug use. You shine a light into the lint filled corners of trailer campers, and under beds that way too much has happened on. You don’t hold anything back. That’s going to be too much for some to handle. But you aren’t boring. You are relentless.
    It Took me awhile to figure out my reader that was uncomfortable with your approach said you “didn’t go anywhere”, (Which I misinterpreted to mean you were plot less and boring…) solely because he wanted you to move on and talk about something else, something nice, something more pleasant.
    Well guess what?? Too bad for them. You don’t give in until the topic is uncovered and dealt with. Bravo, Book! What they don’t know is that you’re not all guts and razor blades and pills and misery. You are charming, and funny, and vulnerable. You are kind and compassionate with your characters words. You don’t rush actions or force fake scenarios to get people in trailer parks where they don’t belong. You linger when you should. You remenisce and romance and wax lyrical on topics ranging from how we should deal with our memories to the best way to nuke a pot pie –  as only you do best. You cover the good and that bad in a way that you needed to – you did so to form a genuine persona/identity as the Book you are. You, Book,  are fully realized. I’m proud of you for that.
  7. You’re good. Yes, You need more work, and you’ll never be finished, and I pray there aren’t any more typos I didn’t catch yet. Or plot holes. And I hope you “work” as a thriller and a suspense and as a book club book in the upmarket fiction genre. Truth is, we both know there’s a few errors hiding in your 96,000 words. Don’t you worry, Book! Well find them and well bust them out, and get you polished for the public. I promise you that. I’ve got your back, Book. I will do what I have to do to get you seen and sold. You were there for me before I knew who the hell I was, and now that you’re whole, it’s my turn to hold up my end of the bargain, for both of us. Let the world see you and let the world get to know you and enjoy you. We’re in this together til THE END.

Sincerely and thank you!

Your devoted, appreciative author.

OM.

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27 thoughts on “Dear Book : A Love Letter From An Author To Her Unpublished Novel

    • Hi Jessie!

      YAY… We would love to have you read it!! And we look forward to hearing any feedback you might have when you get a chance. I’m dreaming about this happening in the future already.
      I will let you know how this whole publishing thing progresses, and I’ll be sure to get you a copy ASAP.

      til then,
      Onwards, upwards :) to both of us in our endeavors.

      Hugs to you and birdie boo….
      O and OM.

      • Wonderful, do keep us informed, is there any title leakage allowed?

        Ody scratch, human hug x

      • Hi…
        Well I think I can leak the title.. which I’ve been keeping near and dear to my heart ever since I discovered it:

        TRAILER T̶R̶A̶S̶H̶ TREASURE *

        *with the trash crossed out.

        She’s from a trailer park, but she’s not trash. She’s worth saving… :)

        Hugs,
        O and OM.

  1. Dear O and Om. oh urr-hummm.. sorry also Dear Book..

    I can see you two have survived all the tears, the doubts, and the critics.. Now it really is time to make you dazzle and sparkle like your beautiful Graphic.

    For in My Book! Dear Book.. Yes… you are already a Best Seller.. You are within every Book shop in every city.. You are climbing the best seller list.. and you are in demand to have your wonderful creator Sign her name upon the inside of your cover..

    You are overrun at book launches, super venues where you are being read by Millions who get the wonderful sassy, wild, rugged, side of you :-)

    YES!… You are a Winner.. a Best Seller…
    And it all began with One word that multiplied into 96,000……… how great is that.. :-)

    Wonderful O and Om….
    now get promoting!! :-)
    Love Sue <3

    • Hi Sue-

      Thank you for your kind words, and continued enthusiasm. Youve really activated our dreams, hopes, wishes, and desires for this book. We can only imagine how great things will be in the future, and dreams about the possibilities are of vital importance at this time – you remind us to keep positive about everything. keep working. keep writing. keep dreaming. What a wonderful dream to have too many fans for the book. I can only hope to have such a ‘problem’ in the days to come!! aka… not a problem at all. A tremendous blessing for any author to be read, liked, and followed.

      Thank you for all of your encouragement through wordpress and email. i will keep you posted on the process. We just need one person to like the book as much as our Odyssians do….

      back to promoting….. as instructed!!

      Hugs,
      O and OM

    • Hi Linda –

      Yes. The book has activated all sorts of needs/desires/wants/fulfillments that are only possible through the pursuit of such a long and storied (pun intended) journey from first words to finish. Dare I say, even my punctuation (not my spelling) has improved. I realize how important our words can truly be, and how much we need to invest in them to give them the place/time and get the respect our work deserves. Once we give ourselves the proper space to let our art live, we can start living in the real world as our truest selves.

      Thanks again for doing the time challenge. Somehow it activated points of sharing we werent ready for – about the book, and our writing, and my role as an author – and that got the ball rolling on some other thoughts I had on things.

      Odie loves the odieopus comment. Looks like you’ve coined a new word, and I’m going to be using it here, if you don’t mind.

      Hugs,
      O and OM.

      • So glad my challenge sparked a challenge and new directions for you in your development. I incorrectly assumed you would write some scifi fantasy for the challenge and not really did that deep. But you did dig deep into what was foremost on your mind and learned more about you and the artistic process. Excellent.

        go ahead use my new word. Here’s another: Odielicious :)

        hugs, me

    • hi Kim-

      Thank you for the suggestion and your offer of help. This means a lot to us. Right now, we are exploring traditional publishing first. Hoping we find an agent, and a publisher through these channels. But if not, we definitely are willing to go the ebook route. Lots of great success has been found that way :)

      Have you gone through the ebook process yourself?

      Hugs,
      O and oM.

  2. You’re making me want to write a book…! Ha! I am very inspired from reading here as always, O. I can’t wait to read it either, but I do love hearing about the process of birthing it. I’m coming to think we do the very best we possibly can, and that part of us that write is pure and true. But we also have this other voice always wanting to know what’s going on… How’s it going? Is it good? Why are we doing this? Where’s this going? What’s this mean? Did he like it? Did she? Why not? Who cares? Now you listen here… this is where we’re going….

    It’s a roller coaster ride for sure. But I’m in love with the momentum you’re generating, and the way you’ve shown up for your soul!

    Peace
    Michael

    • HI MM-

      You already wrote a book of your own, to have and to hold. Now you just need to finish it!!
      question: Is your book male or female?

      Mine’s a lady, because my main character is a woman, and it’s told from the first person. If I could offer a guess, your book’s a guy. Your story has a nice, strong, masculine voice.

      I agree 100% The questions that we ask of our books (their shapes/states), are important. Is the book good, why are we writing it, etc. I think it’s important that we keep asking ourselves these questions throughout the wriiting process. I think the answers change as we work more and more on the book, just as the book itself changes, the more we spend time with it. At least, from my experience, that’s what happened. To me, that’s why the book has come alive over the course of a year and a half it took to write it.

      Writing a whole novel is a rollercoaster for sure. Fun. Scary. Thrilling. The ride changes us. We aren’t the same passengers we were before we end up at the finish line. We come out warriors for surviving the drops, spins, dips, loops, turns, tunnels, twists, and g forces…as we go off the rails and get back on to get to the end. Dont we??

      So, I must ask…. from one warrior and her lady book to another?

      How are you and your book doing?

      Hugs,
      O and OM

      • Hello O and Om!

        My book and I are doing well, thank you… I’ve rewritten the section I mentioned previously and think it is more betterer, and feel as though I have roughly a third of it in submission-ready shape. And in hindsight I realize that means it is about the best I can make it for the type of project I’ve begun. My next one will have different parameters from the outset, gained from the experience of this first, and those enhanced boundaries and scaffolding will (I think) give the narrative a different overall shape. Editing for me is starting to feel a bit like smoothing the awkward corners in the underlying curve, but the overall curve is what it is, and I’m happy with the overall curve. I also think my last third is in good shape because by then the curve was finally apparent to me, and so it went off the first time with greater clarity and voice.

        I like your question about the gender of the book. I think it’s a bit of both actually. It is first person and the narrator is male, so there are obvious conclusions to be drawn there, but because it is a story about grace, intuition and dreams– and being present for the birth or dawning of an authenticity that emerges when concepts are set aside– I think it also has a strong feminine quality to it.

        The ride definitely changes us. I’m realizing the extent to which we have to “contact” something previously unknown as writers to put something onto paper that has a life of its own. It is quite an experience. I’ve also realized that the writing I did while it was difficult eventually proved profoundly necessary. All those times I didn’t know quite how to begin, but stayed at it, led to something good. It’s almost the same as training physically for an athletic event. Keeping at it even on the days you don’t feel your best somehow fosters breakthroughs…

        Thank you as always for these nurturing exchanges!

        Peace
        Michael

      • hi MM –
        Im back from the graveyard of writers seeking representation. lots of bones scattered there. like a desert, it takes those who havent planned for the long haul, or give up before they find their own little slice of oasis.

        as for your book, the more you speak about your project, the more i am drawn into it. I think you have so much going for you with this story – such dynamic layers, with a compelling plot underneath. These types of stories do well, in my opinion, because they hit readers on a number of levels. Linear writing without a set audience of buyers is harder to pitch.

        i can see your voice being multi-sex. fitting for your project. a balance of all things, pan universal to the human experience.

        i agree that your second book will not be written in the manner of the first. I feel exactly the same way. one of the things i liked about writing Trailer is that it wasn’t planned, so the mystery and the twists genuinely come out of left field. there’s a whole heck of a lot of genuine whodunnit moments because of this.

        second books are better planned and plotted. always. but we (as authors of a second work) also run with risk of losing those genuine segways that make writing truly fluid and unexpected if we overplan.

        i have a strong feeling that true masters of the art write the plot points first and then connect those points with free spirited writing/segments. those are the skills we learned form the first book – writing the joiners to seem natural, and unplanned.

        have you started thinking about the next book?

        my brain has an idea for a second book, but i’ve promised myself not to move on to the next book until i’ve given full due to the first. i want her, the first book, sold!! then freedom is mine :)

        i understand what you mean about the you liking the general curve of your work. thats crucial. so congrats on that.

        ok MM.

        i must go and ponder what changes still need to be made on ‘Trailer’. and then its back to crafting more agent letters and hoping that someone, anyone in the universe gives her a go.

        what steps do you have left before goggles is done?

        Hugs,
        O and OM

  3. This is perfect O and OM! I love this! I can totally imagine seeing it at B & N. It is a best seller. I so can’t wait to read it. And I so love that you love it and that you have shared your relationship with it with us! <3

    • Hi WMP –

      Oh how we wish!!! Thank you for the extra encouragement and the well wishes.
      We will be sure you get a copy as soon as one is avail. We hope that’s sooner than later… as we know, publishing is a lengthy process. But we are in it to win it… and get our book to the living stages of ink of mass paperback paper.

      Hugs, and your words are always most appreciated. :) They make us smile.
      O and OM.

      • I can’t wait! Here’s to sooner than later in mass paperback paper and ink!
        Hugs to you, O and Om.
        Love and smiles,
        WMP

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