But does it? Well, yes it does, but whether that means it crawls or streaks along is open to debate. I promised the good lady who lets me post on her Blog much more regular updates when I sent in my last entry and – goes down on bended knee – I haven’t lived up to that promise. I am very, very sorry Laura and hope that you’ll forgive me. I do have a good excuse, or at least, not a made up one, that I’ll let you judge me on.
Ever since I received my report back from the RNA New Writer’s Scheme, I’d been trying to get together my Query letter to submit to various Agents and Publishers and was just getting nowhere. I’ve spoken to a lot of people and done a lot of online research on this art and can very much agree that compared to writing the book, this is a much harder task. There are books out there that give you tips on how to write these things, but for me, the hardest part was undoubtedly convincing myself that the 6th, 7th, 8th (probably more) draft of the thing was as good as it was going to get and I should get it out there.
For even getting that far, I can only give my thanks to my fellow RNA members, both published and, like myself, hopeful. You know who you are, but they include Laura and Bella from Novel Kicks, Bernadette for giving me the ass-kicking I really needed and too many others to list here.
Suffice to say, I finally sent out my first five submissions last week and now am sitting back for the ‘long wait’! I’ve never stood in front of a firing-squad, but I think I’m a little more terrified at the prospects of an un-specified wait. Still, that’s the whole point of joining the New Writer’s Scheme, to get your manuscript to the point where it’s ready to get out there, and that’s been done. I still take out my NWS Report when I’m feeling a little down and it still does the job of perking me up.
So, if you’ve reached the same point I was at a few weeks ago and you’re trying to get that Query letter together, keep plugging away and don’t be afraid to ask your writing chums for their help. Even if you don’t agree with some of the advice you’re offered, at the very least it’ll give you something to ponder on and will make you stop and think and, perhaps, stop you from sending something out that you’ll regret later.
My last bit of advice is simple; don’t give up.
Mick will be chatting about his experience as a male author in the romantic genre. Mick is a forty-something member of the Romantic Novelists Association, New Writers Scheme. He lives in Northamptonshire and is the proud keeper of a cat bent on world domination.When he’s not trying to write books, Mick has a deep-seated love of reading that he’s brought from his teens to the current day with no signs of waning. He’s also mad on the music of the Beach Boys and enjoys the theatre and humouring his Manchester United supporting wife. Mick can be followed on Twitter.