Rejections are Inevitable

There’s the story about JK Rowling having had ‘loads‘ of rejections before she published the Harry Potter books. I have had none. That’s not me being smug, because the reality is that I have not sent out either of my novels to agents and publishers. 

I have entered a couple of first chapter competitions, but I haven’t had that letter (it’s more likely to be the email these days). The badge of honour among authors. 

Through a number of reasons, some mainly to do with procrastination and some the fear of rejection. This is something that I have neglected to do.  I need to change my strategy if only so I know where my novels can be pitched when it comes to market. Even if I don’t get published in the traditional sense, I may get feedback that will help me shape my writing going forward If I choose to self-publish my work in the future.  

So, the plan in the coming weeks is to open the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook and circle a number of the names that I would like to send my book out to. In the hope of getting closer to my novels being published. Here’s looking forward to the rejections flooding in…along with that one acceptance.  

New Year’s Resolutions

Calendar 2020
The Year Ahead

I don’t normally set resolutions. Well, I don’t write them down that’s for sure. but the last few years I have had a few ideas in mind and I have let things slip. In fact, in the list that follows, there are a few recurring ambitions. The novel one definitely. 

So, with eyes on being more focussed in the forthcoming year here goes:

  1. Send out Difficult First Album to publishers. One final edit required (January) Look at self-publishing this in the summer if there are no takers with the submissions. 
  2. Record songs that are part of the project in demo form
  3. Finish The Twitchers 
  4. Learn songs on the piano (January) 
  5. Keep a journal
  6. More travel – home and abroad

I think these should be manageable the main one is certain to have something that is published or on the way to being published. 

No NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo Logo

November is a time when writers around the world around take part in the annual NaNoWriMo challenge. It is something that I have taken part in over the last few years and I was tentatively thinking of taking part again this year. Instead of writing another novel, the idea was to write a number of short stories instead. 

I have previously completed the NaNoWriMo challenge twice. My first successful attempt at writing a novel from 2012 is lying in a drawer waiting to be edited. My novel from 2013 is currently being edited and discussed during my MA workshops. The first two chapters written last year has been edited down to one and is my PulpIdol chapter.

Given how busy I am with work and my MA, I have decided to sit NaNoWriMo out this year, as much as I would love to get involved, I just don’t have the time. For those considering doing it, my advice is to do so.

NaNoWrIMo 2012

An Eighteen Year Winter Word Doc

Well, thirty days have passed and despite the last week being laid up in bed with the norovirus, I have stumbled over the line and completed NaNoWriMo. It was a good job I was ahead of the word count before the bug hit, otherwise I would be writing about another NaNoWriMo failure. I didn’t post anything at the outset as I was in two minds whether I would it again this year. I also didn’t want to herald another failure. At the last minute, I decided to do it. Thankfully I did as I have now a draft completed. 

At this moment I have a feeling of elation, tiredness, and weakness (as a result of the illness). The first draft stands at 50, 067 words, though a quick scan of the finished draft suggests that some of that will be cut from the final version. 

The story arc is complete but I now need to give it a thorough edit. Given that it has been written at speed, my pages are awash with green and red squiggles that Word kindly uses to indicate the error of your ways.    

This is a long way from being publishable which I am under no illusions at this part of the process. I see this as the something to edit stage. This is more than I had at the start of the month. Which I suppose is the point of the exercise with Nanowrimo. 

Here’s to the editing process. Which I am assured is just as painful as sitting down to writing a novel.