— I submitted an essay to a local publication. It was the essay I’d written for the essay contest that was cancelled.
— Research continues for markets for “The Shadow,” the novel excerpt from Perceval. I now have a list to check online.
— I’ll be mailing another follow-up letter to the literary agent who has the manuscript to Perceval. I sent it to him on March 5, 2008.
— I continue to read Publishers Weekly each week and receive Publishers Lunch/Today’s Deals from Publishers Marketplace. The publishing and bookselling businesses have suffered in the current economy. Deals are made for publication, books are sold in bookstores and online, but the industry has slowed. It was difficult to begin with to gain attention and a possible deal for a book, even harder for a first novel, and now it’s probably one hundred times more difficult. I’ll continue on the course I’m on, but may not query another batch of agents until summer or fall. I am encouraged by what Barack Obama has already done for the economy and what he plans to do in the first 100 days of his administration.
— Work continues on the short story “The Rabbit.” Deadline is January 31 for the contest. I expect to make the deadline but haven’t decided if I’ll enter the contest….
— I need to list what writing work I plan to do this year. It’s in my head, I just haven’t had a chance to do it and attach it to my work calendar. I’ve begun work on a short story with the working title “Lights;” a memoir essay with the working title “Rare;” and notes for a full-length memoir about my father and power. My writing life will experience a shrinking in available uninterrupted time, also, because of the job search. If I manage to land a job, that will continue to cut into my time and I’ll need to work on my schedule to find time to write.
Richard Carr Poetry Reading:
Everyone is welcome to attend a poetry reading and release party celebrating Richard’s four new books of poetry on Sunday, February 8, 2009 at 2 PM. The fun happens at Dunn Bros. Coffee in the historic Smith Douglas More House at 8107 Eden Prairie Road, Eden Prairie, MN. For info on Richard and his poetry, visit www.RichardCarr.info. I haven’t been to a poetry reading in probably years, so I’m looking forward to this one….