Anybody who has read my previous two posts will know that I’m blogging about the progress of my novel since being shortlisted for the Mslexia unpublished novel prize. But what I’ve also started doing is using my blog as a tool to chivvy myself along, and highlight things that might need addressing.
Since my last post on this site, which was partly about procrastination, I have done two pro-active things relating to my first novel….
I’ve mentioned previously that I’d sent an extract of Scratters and the regulation synopsis to a small publishing house. I also mentioned that it had been over a year ago when I did this (a year and four months actually – but who’s counting?) Another writer responded to my post via a facebook message, to suggest that I should drop the company a polite email, so I did! I mentioned in the title of the polite email that the novel I had sent in to them had now been shortlisted for the Mslexia unpublished novel prize 2012. It felt rather good to be able to say something positive about my work. “Have I heard anything?” I hear you cry. Nope! Not a sausage.
The second pro-active thing was that a few weeks ago I sent an extract of my novel off to another publisher who has already agreed to look at it and is expecting a submission from me. Well, no, I haven’t heard anything from that either but in the big scheme of responses it’s very early days.
So my novel is currently out with two publishers as I type…Yes, I’ve broken the rule of no multiple submissions that I was mithering about in my first ever post. OK, so it’s not really multiple is it? It’s only two submissions, but it’s a start. I might even send it to a third publisher, if I can find one that takes unsolicited manuscripts.