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.
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.
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?