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:
- Is it not current enough?
- Does it lack detail?
- Is it too long/short
- 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..
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.
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.
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