After the thrill is gone...
So you send your novel out to an agent or publisher... you wait, you get excited, you imagine it being, published, reviewed (raved or slammed depending on the mood), made into a film (would that be selling out you think... a fair amount of time is spent on the ethics of selling your literary fiction to Hollywood) ... then you get a sinking feeling, and you keep waiting...but you don't know how long you'll be waiting, it could be a few weeks, months, what if you never hear back back? Don't be so pessimistic! What if...don't be paranoid!
Hence I decided on "Do Something Fridays". Every Friday I'll do something, even something tiny, to help my novel on its way. (A chapter and its synopsis have flown to a publisher today. Bless its little heart!)
And for next friday: Mslexia Magazine are running a novel competition.
"Open to unpublished women novelists writing in any genre for adults, including literary fiction, women’s fiction, young adult fiction, science fiction, fantasy, chick-lit, crime fiction, thriller, historical fiction... but not nonfiction or fiction for under 13s. To constitute a novel, your book must total at least 50,000 words." Deadline 30th September. More information Here
"When you find a great winner you can be sure publishers will come knocking. I will be first in line, wanting to read whoever wins’ Lennie Goodings, Virago Press
Have a great weekend!