It's amazing how it took me a year to complete my novel - "Delwyn of the Realms" - and that I've already written 63,574 words (92 pages) of the first draft of the sequel in one month! After 'birthing' the first book, it seems that the floodgates are open and I'm flowing along at an alarming rate. Ideas are exploding like firecrackers in my head and I can hardly get them down before more crash through.
I used to drive to work listening to audiobooks - but now I'm using that time to hash out what I'm going to write for the day, talking to myself, laughing and hitting the steering wheel - saying "Yes! Oh my God, yes!" Hysterical - especially for the other drivers! At work I scribble it all down at my morning break and then at lunchtime I'm hammering on my laptop. Then on the way home I'm 'storming' again and after preparing dinner (yawn!) - I get back into it.
This is the easy part. Updating social media and trying to get an agent and publisher is the slog. A worthwhile and meaningful slog - but slog nonetheless. I've had my first knockback from an agent who advised that he didn't feel that he was right for the project. Even though he was looking for fantasy - I just wasn't his cup of tea. Which is fine - I get that. If I were an agent or publisher, I would only take on what was right for me - and I imagine I would be
Still - rejection isn't the nicest feeling in the world - and it makes me think of brilliant authors who received hundreds of knockbacks before their excellent tomes were finally picked up. In saying that - I'm not hinting that I am brilliant - but I believe in myself and my work and will soldier on. I have submitted to three other agents and am waiting eagerly for their response.
I was discussing all this with my husband and we decided to make 2015 the year for "Delwyn of the Realms" to be published - by hook or by crook! We talked about ebooks and how people are becoming far more likely to prefer that medium. We decided that I'll give it until March 1st. If I have no positive responses by then - I'll release it as an ebook. That way I'll have more control and won't have to wait for it to be published, etc.
It sounds so childish to expect a positive response so soon (from agents etc) - and even if you've been published before - there's no guarantee that your book will find a traditional home. It's frustrating to be in a holding pattern - especially when you know you have a great story that's well written with fascinating characters - just like any other good author out there. However - these days - time is of the essence and the competition is more ferocious than ever. For any author - being traditionally published is a dream come true - but it's far more likely that you can drum up interest yourself far sooner, and no one has your best interests at heart like yourself!
I've had great responses from my beta readers so far - and have revised to the point where I am happy with the end result. I am now looking for an artist to create the cover art and am having fun on Mythic Scribes - a website for fantasy storytellers - chatting with other fantasy authors and learning so much! I used to think that writing was the hardest part of being an author. Now I know the opposite is true. Drumming up business is the slog. Writing is easy!
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