It does help and thanks for that quick reply, so grateful. Yeah I did print out half of the first draft but then stopped (shouldn't have), your method sounds far more sensible. So now I'll start doing it--cause I'm only ten chapters into the second draft. NOW WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THAT? well, you're the published one! thanks so much, Sandra! appreciate it.
Hi Sandra, I happened to read a reply you made in a discussion about revision. I'm into my second draft and I was wondering--I make careful notes in order to avoid huge holes, but I find that I can't really know what I'm doing without periodic printouts of the damned thing as I go along. What's your advice about that? about a second draft--which is the draft I'm going to stick with--should I print out periodically? thanks in advance--
Well, you know I have a button that I wear on my chest proudly proclaiming: "I'm a Sandra Scoppettone groupie!"
In reading a bit of your web blog, I must share my love for the short story. Lately, I find myself casting a flirting eye toward short stories and anthology submissions than to working on my novel. I wonder what the hell that means?? LOL.
Yes, you are a writer and a fine one - but, yes, the publishing world has changed. I might have been "out of the loop" for reasons of personal endeavour, for the last, hm, 5 or 6 years, I have kind of figured out the changes.
Publishing houses come and go, particularly if they are not mainstream conglomerates. Trusted old ones appear to suddenly drop off planet earth and with their demise go a number of terrific authors.
I am also aware that attitudes change - surprisingly, this happens/ed/ing in US. There are ever wider markets now, due to global community that we are all becoming/partaking in - and that means a wider audience.
I joined this site attempting to track down an old favourite, "disappeared" author, I was pleased to find not one, but two - I can maybe die happy now :-).
However, you should be aware, that while USA might appear to be "going backwards" - Europe is certainly going forwards in leaps and bounds - there is a market out there - even if it is on foreign soil.
I am sincerely hoping that your use of the word paralysed, isn't a physical reality.
Thanks for your return comments although they rather depressed me. I find it hard to believe, that after the success of the LL books, that no-one wanted to publish them - they had terrific storylines with inbuilt humour and that is not easy to pull off successfully.
The fact that you are not, currently writing, is sad. There are many authors, who write poor books, but few authors who write good ones - we can't afford to lose the good ones. I just wonder what would persuade you to go back to writing...
I thought your Lauren Laurano series was excellent - I assume she is still featuring in your work? I have a number of the books, though have been somewhat out of touch for the last few years. I must dig out my titles - see if I have them all - just hope you continue to add to them.