Thursday, 30 July 2009


I am a total muppet. I just spent a good part of a few weeks getting ready to submit Truth Teller to an agent. I wanted it to be perfect. This agent looked perfect. This agent had a real passion for children’s literature. I was going to do it properly this time. I had just finished doing a synopsis and query letter workshop in the Novel Workshop and was brimming with confidence.

Okay, homework is the first thing on the list. My agent checked out as a God in the children’s market. I Googled her blog and found some useful info to use in my query letter to show her I’ve done my homework. I made the letter personal to her. They like all that. I rewrote my synopsis and query letter to everything I had been taught. But don’t be hasty! Get it checked out first with a few good people. I did and there was mistakes--Grrrr! That meant I couldn’t send it. But no, like I said, don’t be hasty. I’ll wait.

I do my edits. Man! This is taking forever. That’s it, I can’t wait any longer. With all this work it’s gotta be accepted. I’ve NEVER put this much work into a submission before. Right, I’ve been patient enough. I’m sending it! *Sit back in chair with a smug grin* I’m feeling confident!

Well, just for the crack I’ll read through it again. Bask in such a masterpiece.

AAAAAAAHHHHHHH! I missed a major mistake! NO! Two mistakes! OMG! I’m an idiot! I’ve messed it up again! I want to cry, all that work for nothing. I hate myself. Why do I even bother.

Moral of this story:

Always, always, ALWAYS read everything before you send it. Don’t EVER be too hasty. Don’t be a muppet like me!

Tuesday, 14 July 2009


Yesterday was a rejection day for me. It wasn’t one of the nicest ones I’ve had either. My youngest daughter calls me ‘The Rejectionator’ Why do we do it to ourselves? When we enter the writing world to become a published author, rejection becomes the most significant part of our lives. It must have some phycological implications for us poor authors! But we soldier on despite being kicked in the teeth time after time. We cringe each time we see a celebrity novel teasing us from the best seller shelf written by some hired help. Well, I do anyway

So, what’s the best way to deal with rejection? No, seriously, what is the best way? It’s driving me insane! Just kidding, folks. If you submit your stuff to publishers or agents you are going to get rejected at some point (celebs. excluded of course ;) Expect it, it happens a lot. There are many reasons for being rejected, and believe it or not, the most least likely reason is because that particular agent or publisher didn’t like your work. I’m not going to list all the other reasons there are far too many, you’ll have to look them up yourself on Google. What I am trying to say is rejection is no reason for anyone to give up on their dream. Just think of it as part of the process and never take it personally.

So, for me, I’m one less rejection letter away from a publishing contract. The Rejectionator rules supreme