At last, I’ve picked up my metaphorical pen and started writing again. After a couple of months of reading some very good books, especially some nice proofs (thank you Rosie Marguessen), I decided that it was about time I picked up my writing hat again. This was helped by the results of an online Pitch Event in the USA that I attended back in February.
The results were as good as could be hoped for, a couple of agents after mixed bags of both my current books; including two who asked for the complete manuscript!
Can anyone guess the problem there? Though one is as finished as it can get, the one’s that wanted the complete m/s for wasn’t. Or rather it was but only up to the second draft. Very clever bod that I am. So, I’ve spent the last couple of weeks going through two more drafts until it’s at such a state I felt I could send it off. Fortunately, both agents in their replies state that it’s ok to say if I’m a first time author and seeing as I’m not published, I took that as an okay to say I was; so I did. What will happen from these, who can tell, but nothing ventured, nothing gained.
These two weeks of hectic writing, reading, re-writing, re-reading (you get the picture) has also reminded me to send this latest off to the RNA’s NWS scheme. I didn’t last year, which is kind of a waste, but as I didn’t feel it was worth sending off a half-finished effort, I didn’t trouble the readers. However, the bug is BACK!!!! So that’s going to go off shortly, today if I get my finger out.
What else? Well, part of the reason I’m knuckling down again is the kick in the butt provided by another two ladies in the Birmingham branch of the RNA I belong to having some excellent news. Morton Gray has recently been published by @ChocLitUK ‘The Girl on the Beach’ – very well recommended and my heartfelt congratulations @MortonSGray. Lynn Forth has been signed to @Crookedcatbooks and will have ‘Love in La La Land’ published later this year. My best wishes @lynnforth. Ladies, I desire to join in your success myself to.
So, there you go. I’ve actually been engaged in writing related activities lately and will be busy with much of the same from now on. Have a lovely day reader!