I think now is the time for me to blog on my daily adventures to submitting to publishers.
I have now reached a stage in my writing where I realise six years of writing one book is just taking too long. Am I afraid to submit it or am I just so intent on getting it right that I’m just not ready? Someone said to me the other day – ‘for goodness sake – just send it in! ‘ I’m new to this and to help others I thought I would keep a record of my ideas and discoveries during the journey.
I have various contacts through the writers’ conferences I have attended in the last three years. It’s been difficult for me to make a decision as to when is exactly the right time to send it off. Timing is important. With the book awaiting a report from the RNA New Writers’ Scheme I find myself a little bit in limbo. I want to make any necessary changes. I mean after all the RNA are the experts in these matters and I would like their advice to see if there is something I could have done better before I send it away. Then I thought to myself, I know the first three chapters are fine, so if I send it off now, then by the time they manage to look at it, my book will be fully edited.
So here I am in the process of doing just that. I sent two packages to the UK on Saturday and hopefully I will manage to do another one this week. I feel it’s all about doing this one step at a time. Check out the internet, use agents and publishers recommended by authors of the same genre. I’m glad I joined ROMNA the online forum for member of the RNA. Everyone meets together to help each other.
It’s very important to read the guidelines thoroughly before submitting. Do exactly as they ask. If you have a query – ask them but don’t make it too complicated, use KISS – keep it short and simple. Write a good biography about yourself. Don’t trade yourself up too much, say exactly as it is. If this this is your very first novel – say so. Write about the trials of getting started and why writing a book is important to you. Put anything into the Bio that might prove interesting to the publisher. For example I mentioned about my being in business for 25 years – marketing experience.
In the coming weeks I will keep you informed if any of my submissions prove interesting enough to write about.