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I am suspicious, yet intrigued. - Diary of a Necromancer
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I am suspicious, yet intrigued.
Writerly Dilemma of the Week: specficmarkets has posted a link to an open call by Wizards of the Coast for novel-length submissions to launch a new SF/F/H line. I haven't un.zipped the legal docs yet (so this could all be moot, depending on what surprises might be lurking therein), but on the face of it the opportunity is intriguing: WotC, AKA "the dudes who bought out TSR", have a certain amount of muscle in the general field (read: marketing guys with connections), and the launch of a new line, as per Harlequin's "Luna" F-romance line a while back, is the sort of thing that Gets Attention (read: somebody actually tells the marketing guys to do stuff for the book). OTOH, there's the downside of being associated with some of WotC's other print output...

So I am conflicted: should "Publisher B" respond to me in the negative before WtoC's March 1st 2005 deadline, ought I to take the plunge and ship materials RE the Manuscript off to see how they fare at this outlet? It's not exactly the sort of thing I had in mind for this Manuscript, but then I doubt JK Rowling thought she'd end up at Scholastic either...

EDIT, since Netscape crashed so I took a moment to review the .PDF while I'm still sitting here: Hm, the legal paper's just a standard-looking "nobody sue nobody" sort of thing, so there's one work-for-hire-nightmare-scenario possibility out of the way. Am becoming quite intrigued...

feeling: pensive pensive

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atlanticat From: atlanticat Date: December 22nd, 2004 12:51 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
I think you should go for it. Even if you get a positive response from Publisher B, there's nothing in writing until you sign on the dotted line and if WOTC gives you a better deal, you're in the money! I wouldn't worry too much about belonging to WOTC. If a book's good enough, people will look at the book, not the publisher. Good luck!
pheret1 From: pheret1 Date: December 22nd, 2004 03:43 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Sure, submit it. Play the numbers game - the more out there, the more likely to be accepted!

The strangest things happen sometimes - what you had in mind might not be how things end up, but it could be *better*!

One "yes" vote from over here.
unhipster From: unhipster Date: December 23rd, 2004 04:28 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Good luck!
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