Friday, June 17, 2011
Long time writer, first time blogger! Cheesy, perhaps but I cannot help feeling slightly overwhelmed by this process. I was terribly naive when I started writing my novel. Please do not misunderstand, I knew it would be a lot of work and an endless amount of editing and certainly some moments of frustration, what I was completely unaware of was the networking required to even be considered by some agents/publishers. I am going to say one of the things you are not supposed to say in such circles - wait for it - I have never been involved in the writing community. There, my dark secret is out in the open. Phew, I feel much better. As I said, I was terribly naive at the beginning of this process. My thought process was - write book, seek agents/publishers, after (insert number) rejections move to self publishing options. Oh how silly I sound now that I have peeked into the literary world. How shocking to find that some agents/publishers actually research you to see if you are a) active in the community and b) keeping up with blogs, twitters, etc. Hm. All I could think was "how did this work before the internet?" Still, I am bravely entering this ultra competitive world and hoping that somebody reads my work and finds a way to believe in me!