Where am I up to now? Oh Yes….
You may be wondering what I have been up to since my last update here, well….
When we last had a natter here I was preparing material to submit to various publishers more in hope than expectation, but that’s the name of the game.
I am prepared; after-all, years of preparing and presenting material and artists to Record Companies has given me more than enough experience of having to keep trying and if all fails, try again!
Not that I think I am going to fail. Not at all. But I know how these things work and it is all about being in the right place at the right time, targeting the right company and the right person working there. Oh, and having what they want.
Being a mind-reader helps.
When it was Music I knew the who, the what and the when; placing my novels and short stories is another matter. I’ve read, listened, and asked advice, and I think I understand what to do – it is the ‘to whom’ part which is stumping me.
I think I need an Agent.
I’m groaning loudly as I write this – why? Because I used to tell hopeful song-writers, singers, and musicians to get themselves a Manager if they wanted to be taken seriously and to have their material ‘shopped and presented,’ to suitable companies in a professional and credible manner by someone with status and reputation; someone with vision, an idea of the market-place and how to garner fans and sales – someone with a plan.
I can just hear myself turning down artists for management – offering all sorts of advice on how to prepare, improve, and target the right people, after making the best record or writing the best song ever – and seeing their faces drop.
Now the boot is on the other foot.
I am a hopeful creator in need of representation and a champion!
I’ve found publishers who are accepting unsolicited material and have dipped the corners of my work into their world. And now I have to wait and wait – mostly until September apparently, or until I give up waiting because they don’t reply unless interested.
Oh! how well I understand this. That is why I was the one to go into the Record Companies at the highest levels (president, chairman, whatever) and do the presentation, selling of an artist, their material, their image and their prospects for massive sales and world domination.
If only I could find a ‘Me’.
So far I haven’t, but then I’ve not really looked yet. I am testing the water, dipping my toe in, trying my luck – whatever – with those open to being approached.
So far I have sent a series of short stories off to a couple of Publishers; one large House and one medium sized House.
I am preparing a novel to go off before the end of the given period for ‘open submissions.’
I’ve done the Bio, the cover letters, the synopsis and the required number of chapters/pages requested and I am on the verge of nervous collapse, well, not really, but if I had any sense, any idea what I’ve actually done, the enormity of it, well then I might, just might lose the plot completely.
I am about to target Agents too – God help me!
I have lots of ideas for marketing, for creating an awareness, for targeting an audience – the whole package if you like.
Will anyone ever discover this? Does anyone care? I have no idea.
But I have to try.
In the meantime I have written two 3,000 word short stories for an anthology – no idea if they’ll accept them at all; again I won’t know until September (a magical month apparently), and I have been busy editing, checking, re-writing and generally faffing about with everything else I’ve written.
You’ll get an idea from my previous update.
Oh! and there are now three Ms Birdsong novels on the go; the first one Ms Birdsong Investigates
and two sequels: Murder at the Observatory and The Safe House,
and I am about to begin the prequel to the first one.
I’ve been catching up with Guest blog spots and interviews too – links at the bottom of the page if you are interested.
Let me know what you think.
It’s a good job I don’t need much sleep and lack a social life.
So this is where I find myself at the moment.
Fun or what!
So do tell me, what are you up to – writing or reading? Do share it here with us all.
I’d love to know.
Links: Fiona McVie Interviewd me over at http://wp.me/p3uv2y-1af
Jane Dougherty tagged me in The Writing Process and her link is: http://wp.me/P2ESuy-8v
You can read my contribution on my own blog
Megan Cyrulewski interviewed me over on Authorsupportingauthors: http://www.megancyrulewski.com/blog
Do visit these authors and find out more about them and their books.
In the next few weeks I am being hosted by several other wonderful authors. More news nearer the time.
Thanks so much for popping in and sharing your thoughts with me.
Have a wonderful week.