Tuesday, October 03, 2006


Well, having decided to record the long and difficult process of getting first an agent and then a publishing deal, I can report that on my first attempt I have garnered the interest of a major London literary agency.
Having sent them the first three chapters of my novel, along with a four page synopsis, I was told that there would be a two to three month wait for a response. At least they were efficient enough to let me know, thus avoiding any unnecessary anxiety. Then, after ten weeks, an e-mail asking for the full manuscript, and also enquiring as to whether the work had been sent direct to any other agent or publisher.
That happened at the end of August, so, having sent the material and received confirmation that it will be another two months at least before I learn whether or not this agency will represent me, the waiting will continue. On, and on, and on and.....

Thursday, August 17, 2006

So I've got one too.

Blogs. They're like those Tamagochi things - everyone's heard of them, many people went out and got one, yet nobody knows why they bothered in the first place.
Now I've got one. A blog that is. There is every chance in the world that nobody anywhere on earth will actually ever visit this site and read these words, which makes me wonder why I'm typing them. Well, the reason is that this is going to be an on-line diary of one individuals' attempts to get a novel published. I thought it might be a good idea as the blog could quite happily exist for the next sixty five years and never actually come to an end, such is the difficulty in getting one's name into print.
Here's where it starts, and at some point in the future it will, I hope, provide hopeful new writers with a genuine and enjoyable record of one writer's efforts to get themselves out of the drudgery of nine-to-five and into the light as an author.
More posts, detailing my writing history so far and hopefully some tips and tricks of the industry learned along the way, will follow. Comments, useful links and general shared knowledge of the commercial publishing industry, with an emphasis on thrillers, are welcomed and encouraged from everyone (anyone?) who might pass by this way.