I have a manuscript on submission now that's getting requests. It's part of a series. I've started working on the second book, but I'm also working on a second, entirely different book. I always have two projects going and it's possible project one will never sell.
What I wonder is, being a woodland creature, what happens if I get interest in the manuscript and they ask for an outline on the second one in the series or the second and third? I spent ten days trying to force an outline and my brain just doesn't work that way. I see scenes and write them. I know how the books start and end and some things in between, but not everything. Things just sort of fall into place at the right time. Are agents or publishers going to take a chance on an airhead who can't plot out a book?
Yup. I've got a bunch of 'em here taking up real estate on my client list. I tend not to think of them as airheads however as much as pantsers.
When you get an offer on the book on submission, the editor will often ask "what else does the author have?" You don't need an ouline or a synsopsis, but it does help to have a concept statement and something about what the book is about.
That said, if you don't, you don't. I've sold LOTS of books that no one knew anything about (including the author.) Most of the time it works out just fine.
Stop worrying about this. Worry about how cold my toes are
Some of you are actually sending photos but I can only post the first few or I'll never get any work done!
|Donna Everhart's Little Dog|
|Carolyn with 2ns Harley|
And just to end this on a festive note, this a photo from a client:
|that's a grizzly bear paw|