Friday, 19 May 2017

Song Books - a recommendation

I have nothing new to post about my own writing, but I am very happy to recommend having a listen to this: my good friend and supremely talented writer, Deborah Arnander, talking about short stories on the radio. With bonus Velvet Underground and Nico content! Here you go:

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

A definite trend is emerging...

...and it's downwards.

I know I gave myself until September to find an agent and/or publisher, but self-publishing Drawn To The Deep End is starting to look inevitable.

And in other news, my submission to the Escalator programme was also knocked back.

Onwards though, right?

Friday, 5 May 2017

Blogger's Lament (or, proof that it's a good job I don't often write poems)

I don't know why I write this blog,
I'm really at a loss.
The hit count's low, the comments few;
The Web don't give a toss.

A guest post here, a retweet there,
But not much to delight in.
Maybe I should bin the lot
And do some proper writing.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Another update

Because I don't want to type the words "sit-rep" again, here's a graph, as of last night:

To console myself on the emerging trend, I did at least manage to apply to the Norwich Writers' Centre Escalator programme, so there's something else I can update you on, in the fullness of time. In their words, Escalator is an annual talent development programme in which ten successful applicants get a period of mentoring, a series of development opportunities, talks and workshops as part of a residential retreat, and to take part in a final showcase, in which they read and pitch their work to agents and publishers. It's quite competitive, but you've got to be in it to win it, I suppose. Fingers crossed anyway.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Sit-rep

Sorry, I know sit-rep makes me sound like Jeremy Clarkson but this is a situation report, so what can I do?

In my last post, I said that I was starting to submit my novel-length manuscript. Between then and mid-February, I submitted to 28 agents and 7 publishers that accept unagented work. That's the situation. Now here's the report.

  • Of the 28 agents:
    • 13 (46.4%) have sent me rejections
    • 4 (14.3%) have passed their own deadline for response without responding, i.e. elapsed
    • 11 (39.3%) have sent no response but have no deadline for doing so, i.e. are still "live"
  • Of the 7 publishers:
    • 2 (28.6%) have sent me rejections
    • 1 (14.3%) has passed their own deadline for response without responding, i.e. elapsed
    • 4 (57.1%) have sent no response but have no deadline for doing so, i.e. are still "live"

Bottom line: 20 of the 35 submissions have been unsuccessful thus far. Most of the rejections had kind things, positives, in their emails, and I tell myself they're not just boilerplate messages, even though they probably are. And there are still 15 irons in the fire. Besides, if you're a writer who's not ready for some rejection, well, you're probably not really ready to start submitting either...