What was it?

| February 14, 2010

The mysterious package turns out to be not one but two rejections. For some reason the post office had taped them together (!?) so they would not fit through the letterbox. These two were polite, standard form letters with the usual encouragement, but both managed to get name and story title right so that’s a […]

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 […]

First response and it’s not good news – just funny.

| February 9, 2010

The first of my packets was waiting for me when I got back, so I opened it quickly to get the horror over with.Standard form rejection letter: “Sorry but we are not taking on new authors at this time”. It’s a polite fib, since their website is requesting new submissions, but at least it is […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]