Friday five: what I’m working on…

busy business woman

I haven’t been here for a while.

No excuses, just a bit of post holiday fug. There’s been a few other bits and pieces that have had me in a spin, but let’s not go there.

Yesterday I received another rejection of my book.

I actually thought I was getting better at the rejection thing, but this one really cut to the core. The rejection wasn’t a bad one, it was, on the contrary, encouraging, but no specific reasons were given as to why it didn’t get through that final stage- and yes, this time it got nearly all the way.

What’s getting me is just how close I’m getting. Sometimes being “almost there” is worse than “this is crap and you have a long way to go.”

This book has been on call back status now for the last couple of months. The publisher concerned had requested that I don’t submit elsewhere in the meantime. Then I get the “after a lot of consideration, we’ll pass” email, with no other feedback…and a further two paragraphs advising why there can be no other feedback. It’s the second time this year that this book has fallen at the final hurdle.

Logically I know that it means it has potential, it’s getting call backs, and follow up requests for the full manuscript, but there’s obviously something that needs…I don’t know…more, I guess.

So, I’ll do another pass and see if I can’t pinpoint it, polish it some more and try again.

Other than that, I have plenty on the go:


I’m teaching an on-line skype based beginners astrology course at the moment…and loving it. I’ve scheduled a stage 2 to commence in October- which means…

Writing course materials

I’m using my own material, so am writing my own materials. My brand of astrology is one that’s heavily centred on simple real world uses rather than navel gazing, so I’m using a combination of traditional and modern material.

Second drafting

I finished the first draft of my latest chick lit manuscript in July, so now I’m doing the first pass back through it. I write sort of back to front, and I write my first drafts quickly- in 6-8 weeks, so this re-write, at story level, can take a while. This draft will really be about making sure that the story makes sense and is consistent. I’ll do at least another three, I guess.


I have a pot filled with post it stickers, each containing a travel related story idea. I’m working through these at the rate of a few a week. So far there’s just been silence. That’s fairly normal. I generally give it a couple of weeks and then follow up.

Non Fiction

I have an astro manuscript that I’ve been talking about writing for, wow, 5 years? Anyways, it’s been sitting at the same level of first draftedness now for almost 12 months. Why haven’t I finished it? It’s the one that scares me the most…mainly because it’s the one with the most chance of publishing success. Yes, I know how ridiculous that sounds. Anyways, the target I’m setting myself is to have three chapters and a contents table polished for submission by the end of September.

So, that’s what I’m working on- what are you up to just now?



11 comments on “Friday five: what I’m working on…”
  1. Dianne says:

    Look what happened to JK Rowling … Hang in there Jo; it will happen!

    1. Admin says:

      Thanks 🙂 I’m sure it will…

  2. Debbish says:

    Oh… I’m sorry to hear about your manuscript – but it getting so far must be encouraging. Are there other options to get some feedback (as obviously it’s close to what publishers want), like an editor or some other evaluation service?

    It sounds like you’re enjoying your course teaching and development. Could there be an eBook in there? Either as the course, or as a resource for others to teach a similar course?


    1. Admin says:

      Yeah I could use an evaluation service, but don’t really want to spend the money. What I probably need are some critique partners too. There is absolutely some e stuff in the astro- I’m loving teaching, really really loving it. We must be due another “chat” soon…

      1. Debbish says:

        Absolutely!!! Wish you were going to Problogger! Perhaps when I get back! (Away from 11-17th or so!)

      2. Admin says:

        I wish I was going too…def next year! Have a great time…

  3. Busy, busy, busy. Good ;uck with it all. Hard work always pays off 🙂

  4. Wow you are on fire! Good on you for having so much completed or near completion. Try not to let the rejections get you down, the fact you are getting some serious consideration means it’s got to have potential. Is there anyone you trust who you could give it to to have a read through and get their feedback, maybe they will see something you have missed? Also on the Pink Fibro Facebook Chat last week agent Sophie Hamley said she doesn’t get feedback because (a) she doesn’t have time and (b) some other agent may love it, so any feedback she would give would be subjective and not necessarily helpful. Good luck with it all.

  5. mummalish says:

    Stopping by from the weekend rewind, I hope things loo up for you soon! I can’t imagine how upsetting it must be to get a rejection for something you have obviously put a lot of time and effort into, let alone multiple rejections. It’s almost a sense of “so close, yet so far” isn’t it? Wishing you the best of luck in your future submissions xx

    1. Admin says:

      Thanks so much for dropping by…& for the well wishes. I figure it hurts because it matters.

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