News sites are encouraging folk to answer polls about whether extinct animals should be brought back and, if they are, what to do with them once they're here.
This is GREAT news, not just for the science involved but because:
1) How cool that we'll be able to capitalize on folks' curiosity and excitement to market the EXTINCT anthology! I'm saving links now for using to support the underlying theme of the anthology: Extinct Doesn't Mean Forever. Yay!
2) How cool that I'm shopping a story now that is predicated on the cloning of Ice Age mammals -- with disastrous results for the human race. See the SECTOR C tab on this page above.
The problem, of course, is timing. There is now potentially a narrow window for putting out my near-future thriller before "near-future" becomes "near past."
I try not to talk about my writing too much here since I know how tedious someone talking about their unpubbed work can be. But I'm indulging a little today because of the dilemma. I have something extremely timely ready NOW. The soonest I could even hope to see it out were I able to sell it to a tradional publisher, though, would be at least a year on. That said, I'm still working on getting an agent. So far, I've had 7 requests for partials, 9 requests for fulls and 2 requests for revisions that take the story in directions I'm not prepared to take it just yet. The main complaint seems to be it's too plot-driven, although feedback otherwise has been pretty positive:
- I very much admire your style of writing : you are brilliant at establishing character and at pacing
- I loved the concept and the writing
- You're writing is very strong and the story is compelling and unique - the near-future sf angle felt strong
- You're a good writer and I like this very, very much
Of course, things historically move slowly in publishing. My fear is that the recent news stories, while great for marketing efforts, will also spark other authors to write similar stories, and what small advantage I might have NOW will disappear in a few short months. So then I wonder if my best bet is to ride the wave and self-publish the novel now since I've gotten industry validation that at least the writing is strong and it wouldn't be an embarrassment out on Amazon. I'd like to be ahead of the curve, if possible.
Given the choices, what would YOU do?