Merry Face-Stuffing! As I drift off into a post lunch coma, I will attempt to write this month’s blog. Fuelled by two-to-three wines I will try to report what’s been happening in December? There have been a few very positive responses to my novel, but silence rules most of all. I have received two rejection emails and, after eight weeks, about six to eight non-responses. I am still agent and publisher bereft.
I’m happy with the rejections as they were both extremely polite. They said that they had enjoyed the work…but it just wasn’t ‘what they were looking for.’ One of the respondents indulged me with their reader’s feedback, which was very kind. I believe, to my credit, one of the companies who rejected the story didn’t get what I was trying to do. Ultimately, this is always my fault, however, I’m still not keen to ‘dumb the novel down’ at this stage.
In last month’s blog, I made the observation that submitting one’s novel required a steady stream of submissions. I have immediately ignored this rule…to my own detriment. If the agents who haven’t responded, don’t respond, then I’m at least eight weeks off hearing anything new. I need to submit-submit-submit.
There is one publisher, whom I have submitted the novel to, that I hope will still get back to me. I love their stuff and would love to be part of growing with them.
As for new writing – that never stops. I have started another Greysham short story titled, ‘The Hollow’. It has been in the works for years and I’m enjoying the first draft. I’m playing with the idea of a narrator disliking another character for being similar to himself. In this exercise, I have Poppy making a guest appearance. Initially, a character is rather sexist towards her. She puts him in his place – as Poppy can do. The narrator observes this and reports what a pig the man is. He then journals his own lustful thoughts, almost in unison with the man he despises.
It’s a weird exercise to attempt. I risk losing the reader’s trust in the narrator at this point. Perhaps the double standard the narrator exhibits will be viewed as false…it’s an illustration of ‘thoughts’ that maybe covered in polite interaction. I think the issue is an interesting one, and will hopefully provoke thought.
Now…back to my coma…ZZzzzz…..