Is this a hint…?

| February 11, 2010

Last night I had another look at the rejection, and realised that there actually is something odd about this. The slip is dated, and the only way it could have got there by the date on it is if Royal Mail own a Tardis. Either that, or the agent saw me coming; right as I […]

More words, and more waiting…

| February 9, 2010

55,800 words on Number 4. A bit of extra research needed on a type of flying I am not familiar with, but then not many are, so hopefully there aren’t very many people who would catch a mistake. I could write more, but real life (i.e. work) is getting in the way.Still nothing from agents, […]

Completely calm (honest)

| February 6, 2010

Well, you can tell how unruffled and stress-free I am by the fact I’m posting at 6:00 on a Saturday morning.Still heard nothing from the agents, which is slightly disappointing for at least one of them. However I have had an author acquantaince point me in the direction of her publishing house, which raises the […]

Waiting is the hardest part

| February 3, 2010

Still no responses. From most of the agents this is not a surprise, as they have four week turnarounds.One however has a four-day turnaround, or so their website states. I sent my manuscript out to them on 21st January, first class with an SSAE for the same. So far I have heard nothing. You could […]

A bit of research and a conclusion

| February 2, 2010

Well, I have spent a fair amount of time wading through everything I can find on agents, what they do, and how to get one, and reached a few conclusions:1) I need a agent2) My chances of getting one are slim3) If I get an agent my chances of getting published are still slim4) If […]

The wrong type of agent

| February 1, 2010

You may detect gritted teeth in this post.I just got called by an employment agent a.k.a. recruiter. He has a job for me, and all I have to do is complete an application form. It’s a plain text Word Doc, unencrypted, sent by open email, going into his recruiter’s mailbox, containing not just name, address, […]

Self Publishing – the easy way?

| January 30, 2010

Thinking about it, there is another reason to get an agent which I have not mentioned. For some background, my first set of books were small press/self-published. This was a deliberate choice and an agent or publishing house was never considered, since in that niche everyone is. Entry is set-up your imprint, set up your […]

Cost of writing

| January 29, 2010

Something else they don’t mention is the cost. Sending out Royal Mail first class is between £2-3 per packet. Good quality envelopes that take synopsis, samples, query letters and (sometimes) CVs are not cheap – although this time I used Viking and bought in bulk.A few random thoughts on submissions, and speeding the process.1) Don’t […]

on Edge

| January 27, 2010

The quest for an agent is underway. I’ve got seven query letters sent out to agents who handle stories in that area, and now I just have to hope that one of them requests a full submission.It’s surprising how long it takes to prepare the packets to go out. Step one was looking up all […]

Why an agent?

| January 26, 2010

With novel number #3 going out to agents, the question that comes up is why? Why use an agent? Why not publish small press as I have before?I’m confident enough in the story to know I could publish it small press. I’ve published books before with small press (ignoring the freebies on lulu, there are also six formally […]