That First Rejection Letter

I got it!

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And it hurt, it really did!

I didn’t realise how bad I would feel, even though it’s just one, but, now, I sit and think that it’s just another step in my journey.

What does make me feel better though, is a post on Cristian Mihai’s blog – about famous, best-selling authors who got rejected – that I found early on in my wordpress endeavor. I bookmarked it so that I could always go back to it. And it reminds you that authors like J.K. Rowling, Dr.Seuss, Hemingway, and H.G. Wells all got rejected numerous times before the worlds they created became the worlds many people grew up with.

The Wizarding World got rejected twelve times!

I think it’s also really important to remember that when your submitting, that agents are just human, and as Agatha Christie got 500 rejections (and we all know where she ended up), they can make mistakes or overlook something that may actually work.

And, if Agatha didn’t give up after 500, I don’t think anyone can justify giving up after 1!

There’s also a quote that I found this year, a quote that I make sure I have close to me when I write, just to remind myself of something really important!

‘Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self’ – Cyril Connoly

So, even if I get to 500, I want to remember that I’m writing these novels and stories to see how my characters end up (because I can plan the whole thing and it can go the complete other way), and to experience journeys in to new lands without needing to leave my house!

So, keep going,

Keep submitting,

And most of all,

Just keep writing…

Jade x

First Batch of Submissions Sent!

So, just a quick little update! And for me to document this momentous day!
Today, the 8th June 2017, I sent my first finished novel to some agents!

I thought I’d feel better, but the nerves are already bubbling inside of me, and although, I’m a pretty patient person, I think this wait may be one of the hardest of my life so far!

Now, I’ve told myself I’m not allowed to even look at my novel because I know, that despite the amount of times I’ve looked over it, I will find something wrong with it and just make myself feel bad!

So, to keep my mind from it, my aim for the rest of June is to try and put a dent in my TBR pyle!

And I’m also going to continue writing the second novel in my quadrilogy, and start planning out a new novel I’m hoping to complete for Nanowrimo! I’ve always tried, but never successfully completed one so hopefully 2017 is the year of success!

Although, if it’s not, I’ll take it on the chin and try even harder next year!

Just keep writing guys!

The Space between Finishing and Submitting your Manuscript

In the book writing world, there is a common ground that every writer will go through, and that is all the work between finishing your manuscript and submitting it to an agent or publisher.

It’s the time where you decide whether your want to be self-published, or go the more traditional route of submitting your manuscript to an agent or publisher, and receiving all those beautiful rejection letters.

If you go this route, it’s time to start writing your synopsis and your cover letter and all those other things that agents and publishers want you to include. I’ll talk about these things in another post, when I know what I’m talking about, but essentially, a synopsis is an overview or sort-of summary of your story, and a cover letter is different depending on who you are submitting it to.

With a literary agent, they take you on and sell your work for you, whilst it’s slightly harder to submit to publishers as you have to sell yourself and many of them don’t take unsolicited manuscripts or new authors. I’m not saying it’s pointless, because you never know what’s going to happen, and there may be that one publisher who thinks yes, this looks good, let’s go with it.

For me, I’ve decided to go the more traditional route; and to help me in my research of the literary agents and publishers willing to take on a book like mine, I purchased the ‘Writers and Artists Yearbook 2017 on Amazon UK. It has motivational articles including ones on Copyright Law, Tax, Publishing Agreements, E-publishing and Publishing news and trends that are revised and updated every year. It also has pages on writing, editing, proofing, synopsis writing, cover letters and self-publishing.

In short, J.K Rowling said that it is “Full of useful stuff“.

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It also has lists upon lists of agents and publishers for books, theater, TV, film, radio, magazine, art and illustrations, and a whole section on self-publishing!

So far, I’ve read a few of the articles and gone through the list of agents, highlighting the ones who favor the genre of my book, and then done a little more research on them. Most of the agents have websites, which I recommend you go to, because you never know if their still in practice or if their condition of submissions have changed since the book was published. It also gives you a better insight in to what the agency is about, and what their looking for rather than the small paragraph featured in the book.

The book makes it so much easier to find the type of agent your looking for, but there are websites with lists of agents on them too, but it does mean that you could spend hours on the web trying to find those ones that a truly legit, and that don’t make you pay a reading fee. FYI, proper agents will never make you pay a reading fee for your book so don’t fall for it. A lot of the agents websites that I have gone too, and that feature in the book do not ask for a reading fee and many of them believe that it should never be asked for. There are probably some fantastic online resources with lists of agents and publishers, but I think a printed copy just makes me more motivated.


I hope you guys will join me on my journey to publication, with a bit of rejection here and there. And, if your currently writing, editing or in the same space as me at the moment, that you share your journeys too! It will probably be the challenge of a lifetimes, but when you finally succeed, it will all be worth it.

Here’s to the hardest bit of all though, the synopsis! Cheers!