In August 2013, I signed up for Misha’s 5 year project. My goal was to finish writing a novel and to get it published.
The novel was finished a long time ago. The sticking-point has been finding an agent.
So, last month, I came up with a sub-goal, which was to submit to 30 agents before giving up. So far my tally is 27 and that means I only have 3 left to go.
I’ve had a few nice comments, and one request for the full manuscript of The Reluctant Scribe, but nobody has snapped it up. However, despite the steady trickle of rejections, I’m less despondent than I was this time last year.
Why? Because in the interim I have independently published a non-fiction book, Walking the English Coast, and a booklet of short stories, The Shed: collection.
I’ve discovered how easy it is to do and how wonderfully satisfying.
And – guess what – the books have been selling moderately well.
Funnily enough, I’ve realised I’m sort of hoping that none of the agents I’ve approached in the latest round will show an interest. Because that means I can get on with the task of moving The Reluctant Scribe nearer to publication.
In the meantime, I’m continuing with the second major edit of my YA sci-fi novel, The Orbital Contract. It’s shaping up well, and I’m excited by the story, which is fast paced and action packed. When it’s finished I’m going to have to decide whether to begin the agent search all over again, or just get on and publish independently.
Decisions, decisions… what should I do?