Please Just Give Me The Answer!

So… hiya all sorry its been a while again, my life seems to be morphing into one thing after another recently.

Today I am going to be talking about how hard it is to get into the Author game and how its seems you write and write but yet then, once you submit your work to either literary Agents or Publisher, it feels as if you are sat forever waiting for the answer of no, to arrive by that gloomy email saying “Thanks but no thanks.

And Guys, to be honest that is about all it does say most of the time.

I think that is the hardest thing about trying to write for a living the knock backs, you have to have a thick skin, if only Agents and Publishers would give feedback on why it hasn’t hit the mark this time.

It leaves you asking yourself:

  1. Is it not current enough?
  2. Does it lack detail?
  3. Is it too long/short
  4. Does it not flow like it should?

It leaves you feeling like you have been told no then the door is just shut in your face again! You feel you can never make the corrections you need to, to succeed.

My goodness, ouch! its hard to swallow, however like I said you just pick yourself up dust yourself off and submit again, its the waiting that makes it the hardest thing for me, as you just want to move on and submit somewhere else.

If I had just five minutes for a chat with that person, they probably would and could tell me everything that is rubbish and what to do to make it right. However, you never get that opportunity.

Once I received an email, which nicely said..

Dear Emma 

We absolutely love your book, with your cute characters and fabulous moral of the story endings. A Fantastic read, for any child, however we can’t take forward your submission right now as we have filled our picture book section for this year sadly. 

However as we loved it so much we would love to receive, the same submission again on our next Children’s Submissions Date.

Kind Regards

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However so that email took six months to get to me after submission, as they take Unsolicited Manuscripts and majority don’t anymore so as you can imagine they receive thousands .

After re-submitting as requested and waiting a further six months .

I received this email.

 

Thanks for your Children’s Book Submission to **********.

Sorry it hasn’t been successful this time.

Kind Regards

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Wow … Talk about gutted! it didn’t even have my name on it. Take into consideration at this point that is a full 12 months on wards from that first hopeful submission and at six months how much they loved it and requested I resubmit.

So welcome to the hard world of writing for a living, however it doesn’t deter me I just write more and more books, I am building a phenomenal collection. I am determined to be the next J.K.Rowling, so now I hear you laughing at this point saying:

“OK Emma, that’s an unreachable goal”

However is it an unreachable goal really? Am I kidding myself? Do you know what at this point in time, I do not know what the future has in store!

All I know is that I am determined, J.K.Rowling also to was rejected many times as where many famous authors. I know I ask myself how on earth could the publishers not see the magic, ( See what I did there LOL) in the Harry Potter Books and if that is the case there is definitely hope for us all!

Thanks for reading,

Until the Next Blog

Em XX

 

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Noel, Noella: Zoella & The Ghost of Christmas Present

Very interesting read, I fully believe that Zoella, is a very clever young business woman. Her skills are expanding to many different areas, What do you think? Good luck to her I say, lets pray that the publishing world is only bettered by this and more young people pick up books to read because of this. That would be great for all authors.( including me I hope) 🙂
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Writing about Writing for Children

It seems that the Grinch has come early this Christmas and this year it has a book in its sights. Not just any old book but the record-shattering GIRL ONLINE by Zoe Sugg (aka Zoella) which, as we all know, sold 78,000 copies in its first week and just shy of 56,000 in its second week. The fact her fans have continued to buy the book even when it was revealed that – shock horror – it was written by a ghostwriter, suggests that they weren’t as disappointed or misled as people claimed they might be. I have been completely baffled by the anger this ghosting ‘scandal’ has provoked. Zoella may be a slightly new breed of celebrity but her book is no different (just bigger) than the celebrity memoirs and fiction which have always dominated the Christmas bestseller lists and which have (on the whole) always been ghostwritten. GIRL…

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Fat People Do Shop As well! 

 

 

So hey all, today’s blog post is based on a conversation and situation, I had with my step daughter Beth who is Blogger from Practically Pint Sized  most of you probably know her, now Beth like me tends to not pull any punches, we were wandering around Primark and it seemed everywhere we turned a girl was staring at Beth whilst she was shopping!

If I am honest I didn’t notice at first as the older you get, you tend not to pay attention to the female of the species, typical evil looks …. (All I see and hear in my head when I say that is Mat Lucas dressed in a track suit saying “Don’t you be giving me evillllssssss”) LOL anyway I digress..

Beth suddenly came out with the sentence, saying it straight to the girl,

“Yes that’s right, Fat people do shop aswell” the girl pretty much ran off in the opposite direction realising that she had been caught staring at Beth in a disrespectful way .

I looked at Beth and laughed, she is funny. She says it, how she sees it most of the time!

However after coming away from that situation it’s started to bother me slightly, Why is it that other girls who are so body conscious themselves, stare at others to judge and ridicule them? Should people who are slightly over weight not go clothes shopping? or oooh another massive example…

when seeing an overweight person in say Mcdonalds, you can see people saying to one another:

“I wonder if they have left any food for us?” laughing

( And yes sadly I have heard that bollocks before much to my dissapointment)

Dont we all have things on our bodies that we don’t like? I know I do! in fact I could write a list about the things on my body that I dont like, and probably if I had the money would get some kind of cosmetic surgery to “fix” it even if others couldn’t see what I could.

Its strange isn’t it how much we judge ourselves, hate ourselves and wish we had something that we don’t. But the funny thing is, I want everyone to remember that we ALL however we look, have something we would love to change about ourselves.

Now I am not sure if this comes from the media, I think perhaps it does to a certain extent of course .. but with this example in mind I beleve.. it also comes from each other !!!

Just like this girl judging Beth for being a slightly larger frame, whilst she herself was not! We can’t blame the media if we are happy to judge each other by the same standards the media does, I am wrong?  Let’s face it, by acting in such a way, is what allows the media to win this war of what looks ok and what doesn’t. what is acceptable! and what isn’t! And that a girl or boy has to look a certain way, in this society to be accepted. Or be part of the “Populars” as my son calls them.

Now ok we all like what we like and that’s ok, but do we have the right to push our ideals onto to someone else!  NO I don’t think so ..

So with that in mind, maybe we should stop judging and start living in this world being accepting of everyone!

The next time you see someone that doesnt fit your ideals, who cares and who are you to judge? Equality is key, everyone deserves to be loved regardless of their size, colour, sexuality, gender. I could go on but I am sure you get the jist.

So on that note….

Until the next blog post ,

Em xxx

********* THESE ARE MY OPINIONS & MY OPINIONS ONLY – WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT SO IF YOU DONT AGREE THATS OK *************  

Your Opinion is Wrong !

So … Hey all, I hope you are well 🙂 I start today’s blog post with a controversial title…

Many of us would be shocked if we were told categorically that our opinion was wrong and that we should shut our mouths etc …

I am surprised that people feel they have the right to make that bold statement, because regardless if we agree with someone or not, or if we have strong views on a certain topic or not do we have the right to curse, shout and ridicule someone for having different opinion to ourselves …. I don’t think so !

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The Art Of Just Not Giving A Crap!

Hey all hope your well thanks for joining me, reading my slightly controversial blog post today..

So, This is about a topic that I wish I had known when I was around the ages of 11 to 15 and life would have been much simpler ! The Art Of Just Not Giving A Crap …. So I will go on to elaborate..

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Luxury Gift Review – Uncommon Goods

Hiya all , so todays post is a sponsored post on Uncommon Goods . However as always you know I will be honest with my findings. I will be reviewing the website and products in a few of the categories that I like the most. I will link below how to browse their site, my countdown from 10 to 1 of my favourite items from the site as the dreaded christmas shopping season is fast approaching this website might help you find gifts for people who have it all or the ones who just love something different.

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Designing your own Fashion

So … Hey guys how are you ? today I am going to be talking about Designing your own Fashion !

I definitely have a flair for design, creating new things in my brain and putting it into practice. However I have a flaw in my clothing design I can’t sew or draw, two very important elements you need to be a clothing designer LOL … This why I haven’t as of yet succeed in this field of creative clothing design.

However as things are moving forward in the field of design I believe that everyone can achieve anything if they put their mind to it  … sometimes adapting is a necessity.

I am on the look out to move forward in this area but as of yet haven’t researched it enough to become anymore then a funny slogan T shirt designer that creates amusing vest tops that only I and I alone wear.

My brand is “To Be Continued” a clothing range but sadly that’s about as far as it’s got. My issue is that I come up with so many ideas and try to do them all at the same time. I find that I running  out of time and then things take a back burner.

As a photographer I have excelled in editorial images, many I haven’t even shared in my portfolio or in social media! Why? because I like …”The Little Bit Crazy” types of shots that a lot of others wouldn’t even consider..  I as always like to be different, I hate wearing the same clothes as others, having the same style, the same ideas and even though maybe I should take it as a compliment hate it when people try to copy my work it drives me mental .. “Why is that ?”  I hear you ask ? Well I love looking at people’s work! BUT… Their ideas, what amazing creativity they have conjured up out of Their brain!  But not work that looks like your work, or work that looks like everyone else’s work !!

I feel frustrated when people don’t have the creativeness to come up with their own ideas … That in my eyes doesn’t make you a leader it makes you a follower and who wants to be a follower in this industry? To me it would be like walking into a gallery and all the paintings, photographs and clothing pieces all looking exactly the same! Would you feel like it had been a waste of your time? I know I would feel this way.

I wouldn’t ever want to go to a photography workshop where everyone who leaves has pretty much taken the same shot as its staged!!  WHY? WHY? WHY? would you feel satisfied? knowing that isn’t your own idea, completely your own shot that doesn’t look like anyone else’s ! I know what I am saying is of course, my way of thinking! It doesnt mean that my way is the right way! as everyone feels differently on this subject.

However rightly or wrongly this is what I am like, even with clothing ? I love clothes but will always have my own style! As a clothing designer I would love to design pieces and then watch how people put them together with other pieces.  Individuality is key in my eyes. Like I said it makes you an independent creative person and I hear myself saying on a regular basis Oh … “I do love an eccentric”.

Even though many of you are aware, My wrists have been an issue for a while, operation after operation, it has had a serious effect on my creative life, meaning I have not done my photography as much as I have wished to, I am now on the mend and have started creating again.

But I also want to seriously consider the clothing design aspect, maybe incorporating photography with fabric.

So I am now going to consider how I can develop new ideas, new design and also how to adapt my brand to become something adventurous and different…

So if you are a fashion designer that can offer me any advice or fancy a collaboration on a piece.  I am on the look out for maybe a design program that can help me adapt, helping me combat my weaker areas.

As we all have our weaker areas, but does that mean we give up ? I don’t think so ….. This my friends is certainly NOT in my nature!

I 100% feel that not giving up is very important in business, helping ourselves combat these weaker areas or personal flaws improves us as individuals . It’s also how we push ourselves to improve our strengths that helps us move forward.

Thanks for reading ..

Please contact me at DurrantsDivulging@outlook.com with any helpful advice or comments on this subject. Or just for a chat I would love to hear from you all.

Until the Next Blog

Em XX

**** These are my opinions and my opinions only *******

Em Durrant

Durrant’s Divulging- Lifestyle Blogger

How A Creative Person Can Make Your Business! 

So hey all sorry it’s been a few weeks again since I last posted, the summer holidays are killing me..

However back for todays blog about How and Creative Person Can Make Your Business a success.. Now I know you’re all probably rolling your eyes and saying..

“God this girl, has got a serious love for all those who are creative” to be honest you are all probably right, I myself as you probably are aware by now, am also a creative person, this is how I can say that a creative person can make your business a success and this why ..

Running your business is great if you’re a sensible type, if you have your head screwed on plus are great with the number/stats side of the business, this is definitely a really important trait to have to keep your business afloat. However having someones creative input can take you to another level in your industry.

I personally feel you need two types of people in a business..

  1. The Level Head ( Mainly the Academic Type of Person)
  2. The Dreamer ( The Creative, Eccentric Type)

The amount of successful businesses, who I know that run this way is unbelievable. The one that pushes forward bringing new exciting things into the business but always running alongside the person that pulls their head out of the clouds when its going to far.

If I was to ask you two questions, if you can answer them with a yes, then you know your answer…

  1. Are you frustrated that you are running out of ideas to take your business to the next level? 
  2. Has your business ground to an uninspiring halt, where thinking out the box would be beneficial ?  

Answer … Yes & Yes…?? 

Ok…. So we come back to the title of my blog, I promise you if you are missing something in your business and can’t decide what it is, then employ and eccentric, creative type and your business will be made into the type of business you have always dreamed of.

 

When the two worlds collide The Academic and The Creative it can create beautiful things…  working together can be fantastic and I assure you will be surprised at what you can achieve.

Please give it a try and let me know how you get on …

Until the next blog, go and create business harmony.

Em x

 

 

 

***** These are my opinions and my opinions only, I am not a professional business coach  ******

 

The Ultimate Shopping List …

So how are you all,  I cant believe how busy my life is right now so sorry for the lack of blog posts soon to be better I promise.

So ..Today I am going to talk to you all about my sort of fashion .

I like alot of stuff that many people don’t, for those people who know me well, they will know that my sense of fashion & style is quite different! – I am sort of rock/biker chic, however when I say that I dont mean I wear metallica t-shirts etc

It’s more like, I like shiny material ..ie PVC, Vinyl and Leather with large heeled boots, I have dark hair, wear dark Make Up and to be honest majority of my clothes are black! But please don’t think for one minute that I am Gothic, as that’s not my thing either.

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The Sh*t You Don’t Know About Me ! 

 

So ..Todays blog post is about yours truly – It’s very easy to be a Lifestyle Blogger hiding behind a computer screen typing away with views and opinions, but how much do our readers  really know us?  Well todays blog is to share some things about me you probably don’t know.

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