That scary moment…

…when you give your manuscript to others to read. Eek! It feels something akin to going out in public with no clothes on. It’s a terrifying prospect but a necessary step towards the ultimate goal. (Thankfully, no nakedness actually required.)

After a sporadic December, January turned out to be a productive month and I completed the eleventh draft of the first book in my historical fiction series less than half way into February. Yes, draft number eleven. I first put pen to paper (luminous orange ink in a Buffy the Vampire Slayer notebook) on this story back in distant 2002 and Continue reading

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My most promising rejection yet…!

Yep, I am going to wear that oxymoron like a badge of honour. I got a really good rejection, folks!

Those of you who have been following my progress on the precarious path to publication may remember the post I wrote before Christmas describing how, at the end of a seven-month-long submission process, I was unfortunately unsuccessful with a publisher in the States.

However, the acquisitions editor with whom I had been dealing offered Continue reading

I came REALLY close this time…

Getting published is my ultimate writing goal and this year I came the closest I ever have to achieving it.

It’s a cliché but the thrill of having my dream within reach like this was akin to experiencing a rollercoaster ride – although this particular rollercoaster could probably be best described as swift loops of elation interspersed with long periods of hanging upside down at the top waiting for something to happen. The publishing industry is, above all else, Continue reading