A Little Foreword
Ever written a Novel?
Me neither – until now!
Ever wanted to?
Me too! That’s why I finally made the push to climb from writer to fully-fledged Author.
So here’s what I did…with more than a little help from my friends.
Thank you everybody!
I’m a writer and a wannabe Author, but at present I have to fit it in around my full-time job, home life, pets, classic (for ‘classic’ read old and in need of work) cars, house fires and all the other day-to-day trivialities that take up everybody’s time.
So, to get around this, I began writing during the little ‘holes’ that bubble up into everybody’s day – those empty voids of waiting that make you sigh with exasperation. Like arriving at work earlier than you’d like because to wait any longer would mean dicing with rush-hour traffic (20 minutes writing time right there!). That just-eaten-lunch-but-not-ready-to-go-back-to work-yet space (15 minutes there! Or 45 if you’re lucky to get one of those old-fashioned ‘Lunch Hours’.) and those other times when waiting for a significant other, or a dentist / doctor / pharmacist.
These minutes all add up.
Someone once quipped, ‘I’m getting paid by the hour, but getting older by the minute.’
Don’t sit waiting for time to pass – use every precious second for something – even if it’s just thinking!
So I spent the ‘spare’ seconds and minutes making notes about story ideas, characters and even jotted down dialogue between as yet unformed characters. Those notes ended up (after a particularly nasty illness) assembled on my first-ever laptop and coalesced into a writable story.
Now, fourteen years on (how time flies!) I have the makings of a novel and am now seeking an agent with a view to publication.
But it isn’t the same story with which I hoped to get my career going.
‘HomeWorld’ (see link on the right) was the story I’d wanted to write since I was at school in one guise or another (that’s the story, not me!), but when ‘Elementals’ exploded into my head in 2006, it became the driving force that really got me motivated. I began to read books on the craft of writing, follow blogs and even found time to complete an on-line course (Holly Lisle’s) in order to improve my work. However, after 3 years, I became aware that ‘Elementals’ was nowhere near ready for submission.
Too big (230,000 words), near-impossible to trim to the industry-acceptable size of 120,000 words and quite obviously only one part of an epic adventure, it just wasn’t ‘novel-shaped.’
But I had learned a lot during the process of writing it.
Despite the urging of several people around me to submit it anyway, I took the (painful) decision to place it on the back-burner and turn to a completely new project, something that would hopefully catch the Supernatural Romance (alright, Vampire) wave that began sweeping around the globe in 2008/2009. Eschewing Vampires and Werewolves, I wondered if anyone had written a paranormal romance book that involved an angel…and not one that involved teenagers at a high school.
Amazon listed only one other author who had written anything similar (schoolgirl meets sultry schoolboy – who turns out to be ‘gasp’ an Angel!), so I began forming a story with the help of a long-time friend in 2009.
The novel was completed in late 2011. I spent a year trying to interest Literary agencies in the resulting manuscript, but with no success. As I sent out a stream of query letters, and received a trickle of rejections, I began to hear about electronic self-publishing from other writers. Amazon, KDP, Smashwords and Kobo… all far-away places with strange-sounding names. And a new language – html – was needed if I was to make any sort of success.
But I realised that I simply couldn’t wait around to be accepted – I needed to be more proactive. So, with a lot of patience and a great deal of persistence, I converted my novel to html and uploaded it to Amazon. In October 2012, my debut novel ‘A Construct of Angels’ went live.
With the sequel underway, I’m now hoping that I can build enough of a writing career to change my future without having to resort to the DeLorean. Plutonium is still a little hard to come by…
Watch this space!
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