From: Kimani Kairu
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Mr. Bear I am a big fan of your work and I'm particularly fond of the Halo Forerunner series. The plot twists and historical references are beyond what many had anticipated from the saga. My father who mostly reads scientific non-fiction has even taken a liking of your writing.
The main reason I wrote this is because, I too am a science fiction writer. I recently completed my first manuscript of 330 pages and I'm having a tough time getting an agent. The story is very intense sci-fi and many of the agents I have submitted my work to, have rejected me because they want juvenile or simple subjective stories.
I am at the point of giving up because I really do not want to belittle my work by turning it into another regular mainstream canard. Please Mr. Bear if you have any advice you could give me, I would greatly appreciate it.
From: Greg Bear
Hello, Kimani! How nice to hear from you. I wrote many novels before I finally had one published--when I was approaching thirty years old! So the secret is to keep writing, keep expanding your range and ability, and keep trying--but always backing up your submissions with fresh, new material. In time, perhaps you can go back and rework your earlier stories! I've done that several times myself. Let me know how it goes!