Thursday, June 12, 2014

Done

As in I just sent this year's book off to my agent.

The Family Warr

I'm alternating between being insanely proud of it and terrified she'll hate it. Or it's internally flawed in ways I missed. Maybe it's a good piece of writing that somehow misses the mark. Or maybe editors will like it, but not want to take a chance on it. Or maybe it's a bad piece of writing that hits the mark, but is nowhere close to being where it needs to be. Or maybe the market isn't ready for the subject matter. Lots of varieties on the theme of generalized angst.

When I tell people I've finished a book they congratulate me. And I try to be graceful about accepting their congratulations because it IS a big deal, however easy it is to lose sight of that given all the angsty thoughts above.

Maybe this book makes me feel particularly insecure because it's so different than anything else I've written. It's bigger and broader, which leaves me feeling exposed almost like wearing a particularly skimpy bikini to the mall.

In case you're wondering, here's my working version of the book's blurb. I'm sure it'll go through many, many revisions, but it's enough to give you an initial glimpse of my newest book baby.


The Family Warr

In a decaying Portland mansion, Henry Warr, marginalized heir to the Warr Pharmaceutical fortune, writes his groundbreaking series on Environmental Philosophy while his wife Willow, raises their four children on a diet of survivalist instinct and her own underappreciated art.
 
When Henry announces he’s dying and the funds in the Warr Family Trust have dwindled to almost nothing, his third daughter, the neglected and unlovely Desdemona Warr, attempts to unravel certain inconsistencies against the clock of her father’s disease.
 
Why would the great Henry Warr, known for unapologetically living life on his terms and a long time champion of Oregon’s assisted suicide provisions choose to die in accordance with the strictly drafted provisions of  the, now empty, Warr Family Trust?
Her questions lead her on a whirlwind tour of the seamy underbelly of Portland’s hipster culture, finally delivering her at The Farm, the first off the grid, completely sustainable marijuana farm built as a testament to the power of her father’s writings. The answers she finds challenge her nascent ideas about family, love and the sacrifices inherent in both.
 
 

22 comments:

Robin said...

I'm totally intrigued by your blurb. Way to move out of your comfort zone. And I'll risk it and say congrats on sending it off to your agent:)

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Morgan said...

I hope your agent loves it!!!!!

I understand the series of emotions you're feeling all at once. It's SO HARD… you're doing it though. You're working hard and moving forward and things will definitely align. You must keep us posted!!! :)

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Hart Johnson said...

Sounds fascinating! I totally panicked for a minute, as I'm writing an 'inheritance' book at the moment, but they are totally different flavors. Congrats on finishing and I hope your agent loves it!

Johanna Garth said...

Hi Robin and thanks for the encouragement!

Morgan, me too!!

Hart, yeah, no worries there. :) I have this theory that even if two writers were given the exact same plot to write, their books would be totally unique.

Cherie Reich said...

Good luck! And it's easy to swing from "this is the best thing ever" to "this is the worst thing ever."

Beylit said...

Sounds intriguing. I hope all your angst is for nothing. Congratulations on finishing!

ilima said...

Ooh. Your story sounds so intriguing. I hope your agent likes it. Of the last two books I wrote, my agent loved one and didn't think she could sell the other, so I totally understand your worries. Just keep writing what you love--you can't control anyone else, but you can control that. Good luck!

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Johanna,

Don't worry! I 'm sure your agent will love it! The premise is a very interesting one and SETTING it at this time and place is very unique.

ALL the best!

Joanne Noragon said...

It seems to have some great twists to the theme. We all give it a thumbs up!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations! Bet your agent digs it.

Barbara Watson said...

Hooray! For being 'done' and submitting something that's different and new and stretching for you.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Johanna, this sounds incredibly relevant and intriguing. I do believe the world is wanting and ready to move away from the fairytale and into realities like family squabbles and generalized angst. Yet you touch on highly intense global issues, packaged in humor. I think it's a winner. Congratulations.

Susanne Drazic said...

CONGRATS on sending your book out to your agent.

Donna Hole said...

So happy for you to finish a project. Congrats.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Cherie is right. I think I've wavered between "this is brilliant" and "this sucks" on every manuscript I've ever written -- usually several times per chapter.

Venturing out of your comfort zone is scary, but always a rewarding experience. I'm sure your agent will be excited by your branching out and know right where to pitch this book!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Congrats and hope she loves it.

jaybird said...

Congrats on finishing this book. It IS a huge accomplishment. And I happen to believe the work that drags us outside of our comfort zone is what makes better writers! I hope your agent loves it. Best of luck Johanna.

A Beer For The Shower said...

Congrats on finishing it! And there's nothing unusual about being afraid of it because it's different. Different is good. I love that blurb. Definitely something I would read, even if it involves hipster culture!

klahanie said...

Greetings Johanna,

Finally, I get to your site. And what a site. I'm glad to be here.

The blurb entices and is detailed with few words. This I like. I haven't been to Portland in quite some time. I appreciate somebody who will get out of their writing comfort zone. In fact, it can be an uncomfortable comfort zone. Well done you and all the very best, my friend.

Gary

Nicki Elson said...

Congratulations! (and you take that with no cringing, ya hear?)

Thanks for sharing the summary - marvelous atmosphere.