31st January 2012

Sound the trumpets! Throw the confetti! I have hit my deadline! Yes, after months of meandering through rewrites and then a gruelling eight weeks of further editing, I finished this initial draft of The Merchant of Dreams and sent it to my editor – one whole day ahead of schedule! I’m slightly worried I may have set…

2nd February 2011

On the last day of January 2011 I made my final edits to my manuscript, ran a spellcheck over the whole thing (teaching my computer some rude Elizabethan words in the process!), and exported it from Scrivener to create a final draft. After that it was simply a matter of composing a couple of emails and…

2nd January 2011

As predicted, once I got past the midpoint of my story, I was able to romp through the next several chapters making light edits. Those have now gone off for beta-reading, leaving me to struggle with Plot Point Two, or “The Second Doorway” as James Scott Bell calls it in Plot and Structure. This is…

18th December 2010

I’m ashamed to say that I haven’t done any writing at all this week. I’ve reached The Chapter From Hell again in my rewrites, and I just haven’t been able to get my head around it. I’m not sure if I blogged about it last time around, but there’s this one chapter that gave me…

15th December 2010

Woke up in the night to some great news – the agent who requested a partial wants to see more! Of course he wants to wait until I’ve finished the current round of revisions, but he was really encouraging in his comments, and it sounds like he’s already thinking about where he might place it,…

2nd December 2010

Life has decided to throw another alarming attack of serendipity at me again. Having said numerous times that I wasn’t in any hurry to get an agent, I came home yesterday to discover an announcement that one of my shortlisted agencies had re-opened briefly for submissions. Unlike a lot of UK agencies, these guys like…

28th November 2010

This week has been mostly an “up” week, thankfully. I did get an agent rejection on Saturday, a rather bland “did not quite ‘click’ with us” letter, but owing to progress on other fronts, I’m not in a tearing hurry to get an agent right now. The progress in question is that after a month…

20th September 2010

Back in April I blogged about how nice it was to get a personalised rejection, and so far, my opinion hasn’t changed. Today I got my first agent rejection, and I guess I ought to be down-hearted, but when it’s a positive personalised message rather than a form rejection, it’s hard to be totally discouraged….