Going a bit mad

| July 5, 2010

My nerves are killing me. No matter how many distractions I plan or how hard I work in the garden, I still keep dreaming about rejection letters. My waking moments are filled with worry that the manuscript: has been lost in the post is stuck in the slushpile gets an auto-reject from someone who doesn’t […]

This week.

| June 29, 2010

If last week was a rollercoaster, this week can be summed up as worry. I find myself second guessing everything I did last week: Did I address it to the right department? Is it sitting lost forever in a slushpile somewhere? Are they going to be interested? Is it really what they are looking for?It’s […]

An interesting week.

| June 24, 2010

If you’d told me the Monday before last about this week, I’d never have believed you. Try “Rollercoaster” for an example of how I feel right now.You see my book was let go, not because it got too little interest, but because it got too much. Apparently since the publisher had switched to POD and […]

First Novel Nerves

| June 13, 2010

Oh dear. At the moment my brain is working in fits and starts at best. The final version went back to the editor yesterday, and now I am left extremely nervous. Instead of working on my other novels, I find myself torn between frantic promotion setup and reassuring my cat that he is in fact […]

And back it goes…

| May 27, 2010

Edits done to the manuscript, and back it goes to the publisher. That was a fairly fast turnaround, but to be honest I’ve had trouble sleeping since it got back to me, so I’ve had my head down over the word processor (which promptly broke – thanks Word 2003 for corrupting your template file at […]

And the manuscript returns

| May 25, 2010

The first set of edits has come back. To my complete surprise and relief it wasn’t one huge block of red ink either. Better yet I agree with most of the changes, or at least can see why they were suggested.The corrections should be easily made. In general it is punctuation, but there are a […]

Progress on promos

| May 18, 2010

A very fast response, and I have a demo of a book trailer to review. At 20 seconds it’s not long, the concept is very simple, and it’s made with stock footage/audio so it’s cheap. We’ve got some time to revise it before the book comes out, but the basics are there. Best of all, […]

Marketing plan

| May 17, 2010

While I wait for the publisher to dot the i’s and cross the t’s so we can push ahead, I have a few things on the go:1) Finish another book – manuscript #4, although I have a few ideas drifting around for revisions to manuscript #2.2) Promotion. It’s a little early to start marketing the […]

Typical timing

| May 13, 2010

Since the company and publishing contract checks out, I’m taking the deal. The only problem is that, with typical terrible tirial timing, the printer died right after printing two copies of the contract meaning that I have no cover letter. It will take at least two days to get it fixed, so I’m sending the […]

Better late than never

| May 12, 2010

I had a nicely handwritten note from an agent arrive on my doorstep this morning.Now before you say that I should not have sent to a publisher until I had heard from all the agents I sent it out to, I will point out I sent the manuscript to this one in August 2009 and […]