Abandon all hope who enter here.... And join me on this impossible journey.
Publication is not guaranteed, but I hope you'll find some solace in the fact that you're not alone as you struggle to find your writer's voice ... Remember! Talent isn't worth s**t unless you've got the determination to back it up. "Damnant quod non intelligent”
Well, we’re back from a very interesting weekend. Our room was large and spacious with an en-suite
and it overlooked an overgrown orchard as we were on the third floor. The staff
at the hotel was wonderful and we became great friends with Emma who always had
a smile for us as we dashed from one talk to the next.
What did I learn as a writer from the weekend? To start with things are not quite as they
seem and sometimes this can be both disappointing and enlightening.
One of the talks was about E vs. Print…. This is slowly
becoming a bit of an old stick as far as I’m concerned. Horses for courses. On one
hand, Kindle is great and some people are finding a route to being published in
printed form. Writers like Stephen Leather are making the eBooks work for them which
are great as the market for Ereaders is growing and more of the mainstream
writers are having their books published in eform. I can’t see where the problem is with publishing
your work on Kindle, though one lady in the audience did shout out that it had
taken her five months to write her book and three months to try and find a
publisher, but all she got was rejections so she published on Kindle and her
book is now selling well.
So there you have it. You can after five months of writing
produce a book good enough to have it published… Only on Kindle could something
like that happen. I say, good for her, if that has made her happy and her
family and friends are buying her book, then who are we to burst her bubble, but
it’s not for me. I’m far more serious about getting my work published.
At the crime writing festival, I spoke to agent, Philip
Patterson who I had met before at the RNA Winter Party, last year. Philip had
said he would look at my MS, but I had lost my nerve and not sent it. I was
surprised when he recognized me at the CWF, so I’m going to send my completed
novel this time.
Well that’s enough for now, I shall write more about my