Canadian author CMG (Susan Croft, G.L. Morgan, E.S. Glynn) is currently working on her fifth novel, Underground, set in nineteenth-century Kingston, Ontario. Updates on her progress in researching and writing the book will be posted here, alongside tidbits on her other literary endeavours. Visitors are invited to read and comment on the chapters of Underground as they are completed.
Check out her website at www.cmgbooks.com.
Saturday, 13 October 2012
Updates All Around!
Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to sit down with Craig
Pyette, a Senior Editor at Knopf Canada (Randomhouse). Craig reviewed the first
twenty pages of my short story collection, Beyond
Reason, and provided feedback on it.He mentioned some things that other editors who have read the book never
noticed; for example, Craig suggested that the two main characters in the first
story, being soldiers, should be grimmer than they currently are.He also offered some grammatical suggestions
on things I thought I’d fixed.For
example: “’Yes, of course,’ Gideon smiled”—it’s impossible to “smile a
sentence.”Aside from these two points,
he questioned my research methods and the facts of the time period (seventeenth
century), and was very interested in the information I had managed to unearth
and include.Craig praised my research and
said that it made the writing richer and more believable.
Unfortunately, though, I’m beginning to feel that these
one-on-ones (at least for Beyond Reason)
are reaching a point where the only suggestions editors can offer are personal
preferences, rather than actual constructive criticism.I’m hesitant to make changes based on these
comments, because agents or other editors might have their own vision of the
text that conflicts with those changes.I think my best bet at this point is to wait and see what the agent who
currently has the first story (Sam Hiyate of The Rights Factory, who requested the
first story at the Algonkian Conference I attended last year) has to say.I recently received an email from him
apologizing for not yet getting to my work, and encouraging me to keep writing
in the meantime.
As if I could stop writing! ;)Between working for the Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal, applying for a job as a
student news writer, looking for articling positions, and trying to keep up
with classwork, I’ve started the fourth round of edits on The Harper’s Word, and begun work on a prequel tentatively titled Pencerdd.This new book has sent me looking for
research material on everything from druidic rituals, to tracks up Mt. Snowdon
(Thanks to Colin Antwis for his awesome tactile map of Snowdonia National
Park!), to early medieval Iceland.It
promises to be an interesting write and, hopefully, an interesting read as
I haven’t forgotten Underground.I spent a bit of time yesterday working on
chapter six, and it’s very nearly finished.I hope to have the first draft done this weekend.After that, it’ll just be a matter of whether
my usual editors have the time to skim through it.Hopefully you will see “Too Hasty” before too
long!Check back soon for more details!