Monday, 2 March 2015

So I wrote a novel... now what?

I've never really asked myself that question before...

And, of course, this isn't my first novel...

But this time it was different. Everything was different. For a start I had written the novel in English and English isn't my first language...
Like most authors, I had two choices:
- to find an agent or a publisher
- to self-publish and become an indie author.

Although the second idea was somewhat more probable, it wasn't really what I wanted. Why? 

Well, for a start, I knew I didn't have enough knowledge about self-publishing. I tried to learn, so I read everything that I found on the internet... and guess what? I was even more confused. So, at least for the time being, I gave up on that idea.

So the next thing I needed to do was to find out as much as possible about prospective publishers. Oh wow. I had published short stories and novels before without any problems - and I mean really no problems at all. My first publisher approached me and published everything I sent them. But with this novel - well, it was a tricky business. 

I had bought myself a writers' "bible" before I'd even finished the novel. That was my first expense on the way to getting published.  And the book was - the literary world knows it well - "The Writers' and Artists' Yearbook 2013". 

So I picked it up again and read the chapters related to publishing. Oh gosh. There are so many publishing houses and so many agents. And new questions arose - first and foremost, who to contact? Publisher or agent? 

Checking them all out on the internet was another huge task. For example, I didn't want to send my manuscript to someone who wasn't interested in the genre of my novel. So night after night I searched and searched and... gave up. It was just too much. I didn't want to spend my time like that. Surely there was an easier way?

I realised then that I was in a jungle. 

Would I be strong enough to survive?

14 comments:

  1. Hey, June! Well, it looks to me like you were strong enough in the end. HUGE congrats, well done you! I'm really excited for you and can't wait to read the result. Rock on!! :-D

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  2. well done June for taking that leap I look forward to seeing the end result xx

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    1. Thank you Wendy. It was a leap I had to take... otherwise I would always regret it... xoxo

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  3. Well done June, You are coming on in leaps and bounds.
    So proud of you. Keep going....

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    1. Thank you sweetie... I know I can alway rely on you... xoxo

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  4. Eek! You can't end the post there! I need to know what happens next - LOL. Congrats, brilliant start to your beautiful blog. Can't wait for the next installment.

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    1. :) To be continued... :) and thank you.

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  5. Congratulations June you have come on so much in leaps and bounds and you must keep going you have come this far.look forward to reading more. So proud of you xxx

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    1. Thank you Michele... without you and Katie... I wouldn't have come this far..xoxo

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  6. You under estimate your ability you have more talent than you realise so glad your believing xx

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  7. I can feel your excitement and it is a process - but every single step is moving forward! It's a huge learning curve but you are on you way! Lxx

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