Despite the best efforts of the universe, I not only made it to K.A.B.A.M, but I made it there on time. (My day job had sent me on a side-quest that I accepted without realizing that one of my presentations was on the Friday).
For those of you who missed my obscure notice several posts ago, I had two presentations (with power points and everything). One was on the realities of the Slush Pile, and the other was on world-building.
[From my summary:]
Of the 1000 manuscripts added to the Slush Pile this month:
500 are unreadable.
250 are unpublishable in any form.
150 could be publishable with serious work that should have been done before submission.
90 are unoriginal or inappropriate for this market (and likely need more work anyway).
5 are likely good books, but not for this house.
3 could be good books for this house, but the marketing director won’t see an angle within 15 seconds, so why drag out the meeting?
2 are books we should buy, but there’s only budget for
1 book that we actually buy.
So if you write a good book, and do your submission research, you are competing with 10 manuscripts instead of 1000.
[Again from my summary:]
THE BEST WAY TO KEEP TRACK OF ALL THE DETAILS OF YOUR MADE-UP WORLD IS TO WRITE THEM DOWN – SOMEHOW.
THIS IS CALLED WORLD-BUILDING.
IT IS NOT A WASTE OF TIME.
That looks less shouty in the Power Point.
My presentation distilled work I had had already presented across several blog entries:
The Three Questions about the future:
- 1. Are we alone in the universe?
- 2. Is it possible to go faster than light?
- 3. How did we resolve the inevitable robot uprising?
And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the update to Are We Lost Yet? about my campsite: Camping Over Kingman: Hualapai Mountain Campgrounds.
Now we know.