Where's The Snake?

I’ve gotten a number of emails from readers who follow my blog asking what’s happening with The Snake. For those who don’t know, that’s the title of the manuscript I was working on last year. I blogged about it as I wrote it. I wanted to show readers how an author—or at least this author—wrestles with issues of plot and character, solving problems with the story as they emerge.

What’s happening? So far, nothing. My agent Chris has been sending it out and it’s been coming back. Editors’s responses are much the same: I like it, but I’m not in love. (Chris wants to know why editors always seem to discuss manuscripts in terms of personal relationships. I wonder if stockbrokers do that?)

My question is: what is it they’re not in love with? They don’t love the story? They don’t love the writing. Or is it—they don’t love snakes.

That can be a problem. An editor who’s creeped out by snakes is not going to be falling in love with a story about them.

So I sit and wait. I’ll let you know if there’s any news. Meanwhile, Pirate has been getting bigger. He gobbles down fuzzies now. I wondered if the last one I gave him might be too big. He swallowed it without any trouble at all. Did you know that snakes’s jaws have four parts that move separately. Top right, Top left, Bottom right, Bottom left. They work together in sequence, pulling the prey in without the snake ever having to release its grip.

What was I thinking? That’s the kind of information that can kill an acceptance. Ah, well! I only need one editor: one who thinks that the dynamics of snake ingestion are cool.

I’ll let you know if and when there’s any news.

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