May 23- On writing and getting published

Dear May,

today I talked to an editor, out of the record, about a manuscript I would like to submit, just to get his temperature. Should I submit it? He said, ok, but it is not something that is going to change the face of the earth.

Oh, and he just wants me to precise in my cover letter that it is not a novel, but a “nouvelle“, something shorter, but bigger than a short-story.

This is not exactly encouragement, but I will do it anyway.

Should the object be to change the face of the earth? Haven’t I done it already just by being here???  And the same goes of course for every human being in this planet. We are all important, we have our special talents, characteristics, attributes. If we take the population of the earth in 2014, there is a minority who has the possibility to write fiction. And among these people, not everyone will want to get published and not everyone will succeed.

What is my motivation? I want to create a platform for people to meet, a home where I could invite my known and unknown friends for a party. A place that feels like home, but is full of mysteries, action and romance.

How do we know if our future editor is going to like what we create? I mean, he or she is not the first person I am thinking about when I start working. Or should it be?

The truth is that this particular “nouvelle” has taken me much time because I had in mind other people’s opinion. I was afraid I was proposing things in a style that was not recognizable, so I tried to be pragmatic. Not that I don’t like it.

Maybe it is better to trust my wild side.

Which would be my favorite editor to begin with?

I might need to contact the friend I have run into during the OULIPO writer’s evening 🙂