Before You Submit Your Book

I’ve started sending my book out to publishing companies, so we’ll wait a few months (hooray…) and see how that goes. I’d like to shout out to the Irish writer Amy Gaffney who read, proofed and critiqued it for me. She’s so fast and her comments were very insightful. You can read her blog for some writing-y goodness.

Sending your book to someone to read before you send it out to publishers is so important. You might think it’s just perfect the way it is, but having someone else read it is invaluable. They spot all the plot holes, timeline bloopers and small things like character descriptions (or lack thereof, in my case) that you never noticed.

Reading the submissions guidelines is always crucial, whether it’s for an agent, a publisher or a literary magazine. It’s surprising how many people just don’t bother doing it and hit the send button without formatting anything properly. I get exasperated with it myself with ESC.

My final bit of advice to anyone out there reading this is that you just have to submit always. Not only does it give you more chance to get your work out there, it might also get you feedback from publishers and editors (you never know), but more importantly it thickens your skin.

So you’ve been rejected once, you lock yourself in your room and listen to radiohead, cry, and think you’re crap forever. You’re not. Just keep submitting, keep reading the guidelines, and keep getting better at what you’re doing by paying attention to your technique.


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8 Things I Have Done To Try To Finish This Novel

I’m the kind of writer who doesn’t write. It’s not really that I’m afraid. It’s not that I don’t think I’m good – quite the opposite in fact. I’ve learned to be blessed with the realisation that the world isn’t going to jump up out of its bed in the morning to tell me that my stories are amazing, and seeing as someone has to think I’m great, it might as well be me, right?

No, it’s not fear. It’s because I’ve always been told to work on one literary project at a time and only when it’s done can you move on. Continue reading “8 Things I Have Done To Try To Finish This Novel”

Hand editing an entire novel manuscript

A Difficult Birth

The hand edits of my entire novel manuscript (both sides of each page because some of the backs of the pages have notes scrawled on them but not all), are now scanned! Here’s an example of the scans — Editing the novel manuscript – Post its all pages hand edits march 31 2013.

My loyal and dogged amanuensis is typing up chapters 11 – 21, and I’m doing chapters 1 – 10.

Honestly, it’s been a nightmare. An absolute nightmare. Continue reading “Hand editing an entire novel manuscript”