Friday, February 28, 2014


It's been a busy month.  I keep saying I will do this regularly.  That I will use the time I'm away from my regular job to try harder at the writing thing.  And I have - at least on the writing side of things.  But lately, what I've decided to focus on, is the marketing side of things.  The easiest bit of which is to blog more.  So I'm going to do that.

The latest news:

Tales of a Redheaded Sea-Witch has been entered in the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards.  I'm hoping for good things from this competition.  Step one of which is to make it through to round two - the list of which will be posted on March 18th.  Even if I don't win, I'm hoping to get a bit of exposure - getting through two or three rounds would be nice.  Because after this competition, I'm pulling the pin on Tales.  I'm sending it out into the world of self-published fiction.  The countdown starts now.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Time has wings!

Time really does fly.  Today I received a response from an agency I submitted a query to in July 2013!  That is the longest I've waited for a response, I usually assume I won't hear anything after six weeks to two months, but I guess now I can bump that wait period further back.  The response was a no, unfortunately, but the letter was very nice and did mention showing the query to more senior members of the agency (so someone, somewhere must have liked it).  I am still waiting for some queries to come back, but while I do so I am prepping my manuscript for the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards.  I have a pitch to write, editing to do, an except to perfect, all things to keep me busy!  Meanwhile, I've also been working on other streams of writing, with a focus mainly on short stories.  All in all, with everything I write and read, I believe my writing is getting stronger.  But boy, what a long process.

Until next time.