Thursday, January 13, 2011

Franken-manuscript: The Thing That Came From Under the Bed

We have the capability to build the world's first bionic man.
We can make him better than he was before.
Better, stronger, faster.

I don’t have many manuscripts under my bed. I used to have twelve. These things happen when you take seven years to get published. There aren’t twelve any more.

I don’t believe in wasting my work. There is something good in every story I’ve written that didn’t get published—I need to add that some were never submitted anywhere either.

The first book I ever wrote, as well as the fourth book I wrote, are part of the Zed Force series I’ll put out next year with Resplendence Publishing. The first book blew. So, it’s become Franken-Manuscript number one. Characters, one scene, a location and some dialogue will be used. Otherwise, this story it took me years to write has been gutted. Book four which is actually now book one in the ZF series, is Franken Book number two. Great portions of this book were rewritten on the quest to get it published. They’re solid and need reworking. Much of the original book however…you guessed it. Gutted.

All right. Books two and three are in the process of being completely rewritten. I’ll call these The Bionic Historicals. You know the 70s TV show (refer to the opening quote). I have the capability of building a better book. Stronger and better than it was before. But like the TV show…some gimpy things had to go.

Oh…book five. It was innovative. It did well in contests, and was even a finalist in a couple. I don’t know that I’ll ever have it in me to redo this book. It’s a high fantasy romance. A lot of world building. It will remain—mostly—entombed away where old files go. And every once in a while, I’ll take it out and look at it, blow off some dust and say “This is good” but then I’ll probably put it away again. Even so, some of it is alive. I stole the wedding ceremony in Blood Bought from the book.

Book six, probably my best pre-published endeavor is in the process of being revamped into an erotic romance. It will see light in the next couple years. Book seven, is a self indulgent pile of muck. I highly doubt it will ever go anywhere—not if I have any say.

Book eight. Book eight is Tribute for the Goddess. It’s been out from under the bed for over two years now. It’s one of my favorite books. I should have submitted it places sooner!

And infamous, books nine through twelve. Well, these are real Franken-Manuscripts and if you saw the originals, you might barely recognize them for what they are now. All eight main characters and their workplace/field were plucked from the original books and put into a new series. Parts of book nine ended up in book 1, 3 and 4 of the new series. Much of the rest…ditched. They were sappy if erotic, but they certainly weren’t the Cress brothers they are now.

And that just goes to show you, very little ever really needs to be wasted.

2 comments:

Simone Anderson said...

Good advice Brynn. I have a couple I'll be pulling out from under the bed to see if they can be coaxed into rejoining the living.

Bronwyn Green said...

You're a genius at literary recycling! I think you're right. There's always something worth rescuing from an under the bed manuscript.