Within forty-eight hours of the first collective-noun of submissions, I received a response. Well, that’s not how it’s supposed to work, shouldn’t I be waiting for months…in silence…checking the mail…watching the inbox…tick, tick, tick. The response was positive, too: ‘Please send the rest of your novel.’ I had initially provided the first three chapters as required. They loved the premise of the book, and ‘the writing caught our attention.’ Within a fortnight, this happened twice again. By this time, naturally, I started to panic.
I realised that if a publisher made me an offer, I might not know what to do. I would need an agent. Therefore, during this first round of submissions, I changed gears from submitting to publishers to only submitting to agents. It seemed like a step I would need to take anyway – so why not now.
Most submission outlines declare that the author should wait eight weeks before considering their efforts a failure. After my blistering start, I immediately ceased further submissions and waited for more promising news. Another forty-eight hours passed and nothing. It hasn’t even been a month since my first submission, and I think I’ve become a little spoilt. Submitting your novel tip #1: Keep sending out the manuscript. If I reach the second week of December without hearing from anyone, I don’t want to be starting all over again. A steady trickle out, should mean a chance of a steady trickle of return.
In a small act of artistic cross-pollination here in the journal, I’m going to try and have guest artists for the thumbnail. I will attach a link to their website, so that if you like their stuff you can buy it. If you are an artist and would like me to like to you, please get in touch through one of the many ways…here, social-media, blah, blah.
Finally, the ideas for Greysham-shorts have been flooding my idle thinking time. I hope to sit down beneath Plushy-Cthulu and start work on a new tale tonight. I’ve been mapping it out for a few weeks and I think it deserves a chance at life.
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