My novel



So after many re-writes, the results of critiques, readings and suggestions the novel is complete. However, there’s still the synopsis and cover letter to write. These must be undertaken with great care, you only have one shot at trying to impress the agent or publisher. Time seems to be swallowed up by constant unsatisfactory stabs at creating the perfect letter when you don’t know what perfect is. Eventually though, everything is lined up and I have now submitted my novel. I’m entering the receiving of rejections phase which I felt prepared for, until I was informed the other day, it took Agatha Christie four years to get The Mysterious Affair at Styles published. Four years? I can’t wait that long!!
But…I am waiting.







One of my favourite cow photos.

Well I’m buzzing and the sun is shining. At last the first draft of my novel is complete and has been unleashed on half a dozen readers. Hopefully they will come back with the flaws, weaknesses and omissions and after a final polish, I can start approaching agents and publishers.

Titled “For Society’s Sake,” it is a crime novel which switches from the island of Madeira to Britain and back again in the hunt for a mysterious gang of vigilantes who are imposing their own brand of justice on criminals they feel the state hasn’t dealt with adequately. It features Inspector Tandy and his side kick Curly White who have appeared in many of my short stories, but this is their first time in a full length novel.

In other news, the first draft complete and the girlfriend out of town, there was no excuse left to put off painting the kitchen ceiling any longer. The result, glasses like speckled eggs, paint in places the law of physics states it shouldn’t be able to reach and a seriously aching arm. Conclusion: I am no painter and decorator. And after all that, I read the tin and it says I have to give it a second coat!

A bit of good news though, the lawn mower won’t start.


7 thoughts on “My novel

  1. If I may suggest, don’t go for a big publishing house. They receive some 300 manuscripts a day. Most of which are never read, but are carefully shredded. Instead, look for a smaller publishing house. They are looking for you.
    You will have to self market no matter who you go with. A large house will only prompt you if they think you are the next Harry Potter. They will drop you after three months if you don’t become a major hit.
    A smaller house will keep you forever.
    If you are the next Harry Potter, the big boys will come knocking on your door.
    Smaller houses do not require an agent. More money for you.
    Join an independent publishers’ association and get to know the publishers personally. Then pick one.


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