This July marks three years since my first official book deal. It’s put me in rather a philosophical mood. So much has happened in the past three years and, as I begin to plan my fourth novel, I can’t help wondering what the next three will bring.
Coincidentally, I have just started reading a very good friend’s debut called Black Wood, which will be published early 2015. I love to hear good news and when my dear friend, Susi Holliday, announced last week that she has received a publishing deal, I couldn’t have been more delighted for her. Susi writes under ‘S J I Holliday’ and is best known for her dark short stories but I have to say, if the first few chapters are anything to go by, everyone is in for a treat with her wonderful first novel and I wish her much success.
It seems the world of traditional publishing is filled with decisions and announcements. We beaver away on our manuscripts for months, sometimes years on end; send them to trusted beta readers for feedback, rework and submit, then wait the arduous weeks and months it takes for a decision. Will it hit the mark? We are in a subjective business and can never be sure. Finally we get that all important decision and an announcement can be made. If it’s positive, the race is on to turn the pile of paper into a book. If it’s negative, we have to pick ourselves up, rework and try again.