Thursday, 16 February 2017

Just been rejected by a publisher

I didn't realise until they rejected me that I sent totally the wrong MS - I sent Toni instead of a more educational one.

I'm totally OK with it... they are a purely an educational publisher and I write very little educational stuff so it wasn't unexpected and I'm totally OK with it.

I subbed to Skylark this morning, so I'm back to my self-imposed limit of 3 agents being queried at once, so I won't sub to anyone else until I get my next rejection  👍😃

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Wot I've lernt

I used to think that my manuscripts were the best things ever written.  I didn't need to edit them because they were already perfect as they were.  I didn't need to be in a crit group because they couldn't be improved upon.

In short, I had mis-placed confidence in my manuscripts.

SCBWI has gently encouraged me to not be so precious about them and that editing really was worth doing.  They've encouraged me to join a crit group and to take the feedback on board - they've given me constructive crits instead of the put-downs I was dreading.

I've learnt from other people's writing and I've learnt how to improve my own writing by reading the feedback.

It's not cheap to join SCBWI, but it's so worth it within the first few months so I really don't mind paying the annual fee and I recommend it to anyone who will listen!

I've learnt about new agents and publishers as soon as they go public with their opening.

I'm one of the first to know about slushpile challenges and competitions and limited opening submissions.  I've learnt about agents and publishers to go with and when really big agents and publishers are open for a new author to take on.

I've learnt that it's OK to cry when you're rejected and I've learnt to submit to the next one on my spreadsheet as soon as I get the rejection email.

I've learnt that it's OK to admit that you aren't perfect and that you need help... everyone does at some point and SCBWI is the best place I've ever found to help to get you to be the best you can be.

If you write or illustrate for children, get thee to SCBWI and they will help you to be the best person you can be!

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Just subbed Toni to a publisher

Just found out about a publisher wanting educational fiction without being preachy so I've subbed Toni's Flibble Wibble to ThunderStone Books because the entire trilogy is about bullying at school and I've put some Afrikaans in it too.

I've got other MSs that might fit them too, I just wanted to put my foot in the door as soon as I saw the message about it on SCBWI!

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Got Twitter on my author mobile now

Just put it on and logged in... hope it doesn't use too much bandwidth or it'll cost me a fortune this month!  lol

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Got my next MG novel planned out now

I've planned it out 5 chapters at a time and only given the rough idea of what happens in those 5 chapters so far.

Means I can let my imagination write more of the novel than sticking rigidly to chapter by chapter plans!  Yay!  👍

Friday, 27 January 2017

Edited just a PB today...

Hopefully I'll remember to take my supplements tomorrow so that I'll be less tired and more creative so that I can edit more than just a PB in one day!

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Just finished editing another novella

My first ever sci-fi novella is now edited... didn't get much done today though, so I'm just gonna take me pills and head to bed again now.

Nite nite!