First Novels First Or Not
For the novelists in the crowd, Toby Buckell is putting together a survey on the subject of first novels, and whether the first novel a writer sells is, in fact, the first novel they ever wrote. Most writers know all too well that their first published novel is often the third or sixth or tenth they’ve written, but Toby’s trying to quantify that so folks can have something factual to point at when discussing this truth. So if you want to participate in the survey, here’s the link (Update, 9:44pm — Toby’s gone done changed around his site and the old link may not work. Here’s a new one if it doesn’t).
My first published novel is the second novel I wrote, but it was also the first novel I wrote with the intention of trying to sell; the previous novel was a practice novel, which I wrote just to see if I could write something novel-length. I ended up selling that one too, eventually, but that was kind of a quirk. Of course, selling the novel that I wrote intending to sell was kind of quirk, too, because after I wrote it I didn’t bother to submit it. What I’m saying, basically, is that I’m a freak. I assume you know that.