“I’m so excited,” Sally exclaimed. “I finally figured out how to move forward with my new novel.”
“Great news,” her agent Brenda said. “What’s your plan?”
“I saw this photo on the internet,” Sally said, showing the photo to Brenda. “The photo shows six doors to six different buildings. I thought I would start the book with six chapters, each one dedicated to people who live behind each of those doors. Then the rest of the book will be about how the lives of these people intersect, even though they each come from different backgrounds and have little in common.”
“So it’s going to be a story of kismet, of chance meetings between your six characters and what ensues,” Brenda said.
“Exactly,” Sally said. “I will paint a complex canvas of unlikely personal, societal, and political interactions and how each character’s life is impacted by their chance encounters with the others.”
“That sounds amazing,” Brenda said. “How long do you think it will take you?”
Sally thought for a moment and then said, “Maybe a year. A month for each of the first six foundational chapters and then another six months for the stories about how the six lives intertwine. And that’s pretty much working full time.”
“Let me see if I can get you a six month advance from the publisher,” Brenda said.
“That’s insufficient,” Sally said. “I need a full year. The publisher did okay on my first book, right?”
“That’s just it, Sally,” Brenda said. “They did okay, but it wasn’t exactly an international best seller.”
“I’m betting the farm on this book, Brenda. You’re my agent, so make it happen,” Sally said.
“You know how cutthroat these publishers can be,” Brenda said. “They’re not known to be very altruistic. That said, I’ll do my best, Sweetie. We’re both going to betting the farm on this new book of yours.”
Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge prompt. Photo credit: Pobble365. Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (forward), My Vivid Blog (chapters), Ragtag Daily Prompt (canvas), Word of the Day Challenge (insufficient), The Daily Spur (farm), and Your Daily Word Prompt (altruistic).