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THE DILEMMA: Traditional v Self-Publishing

Without an agent, your labour of love, AKA your novel, isn't going anywhere and, with each rejection, you are engulfed by an overwhelming urge to self-publish. A few of your friends, as well as people you have never met, have read it and given you favourable feedback, but if your MS isn't attracting an agent, then maybe you should think twice as to whether your labour of love is worthy of self-publication. Over a million authors self-published during 2017, so there is plenty of competition out there.  But, before you chuck your manuscript in the bin, be buoyed up by this... Stephen King’s first big novel, Carrie, was rejected 30 times. He tossed it in the wastebasket but his wife fished it out. He earned $39 million in 2012. I am impatient, true to my birth sign, Aries, but my dotage years are too close for comfort, so I need to get on and resolve my dilemma. Cultivating patience and continue to try and find an agent to work with, or give way to my impatience and join the ever-swelling ranks of the self-published? 

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THE FINAL PUSH TO GETTING PUBLISHED

Writing is not for the faint-hearted. The hardest part for all us aspiring writers is maintaining the motivation and drive to, as a fellow writers group member so succinctly put it... push you over the line.' We need to keep the faith in our ability as writers and drive ourselves from final draft stage to getting published.

The Critic

I haven't quite written myself off yet... 😏  pardon the pun... THE CRITIC © Tessa Barrie  My dear … the trouble is it lacks imagination There is absolutely no originality or guile You say it’s taken you half your lifetime To cultivate your method and your style   Oh dear me … what a shame... Continue Reading →

OUTTAKES: JUST SAY IT

I've been having one final, brutal, word cull of the final draft. This is one of the scenes I've cut when my MC realises her life is stagnating and I would like to share it with you.

WORDPRESS BLOGGER INTERVIEW: RAJANI SHARMA

Over the last few years, I have benefited enormously from the support and encouragement from fellow writers. One such person is fiction writer Rajani Sharma, from Bhilai in Central India. Her own writing journey started during her teenage years when she kept a journal. Now married with two children, her passion and energy for writing should be an inspiration to us all.

James Sillwood: Author and Founder of the Jersey Writers Social Group

In October 2019, the Jersey Writers Social Group will celebrate its second birthday. Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to chat with author James Sillwood who is the founder of the Jersey Writers Social Group, to find out a bit more about his writing journey, as well as the recently published anthology of work by the Jersey Writers Social Group.

And… Three Title Changes Later…

Just shy of 4 years and 3 title changes... I'm getting there. #iamwriting

EDITED OUT: Time to Call it a Day

I have no regrets, I have written and finished my first novel.  It is not War and Peace, it was never written with the intention of it becoming a literary masterpiece. It's about life, love and finding out who you are.  It is a story that evolved over a four year period,  but as I begin my next project I am starting with a clearer idea about where and what my characters are going to be doing with their lives.

Getting Into the Competitive Spirit

Writing is such a solitary process and when the muse bites, it becomes an all-consuming passion, an unstoppable urge that often keeps us up... pounding the keyboard throughout the night.

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