Monday, March 21, 2011

Pausing for breath

Apologies for the lack of posts in the last week. There was a reason for this, I wanted the Authors for Japan post to stay at the top of the blog until the auction finished. Not being in a position to either donate or bid, my only contribution to that very worthy cause could be to use social media to raise awareness in my own limited way. The auction finished last night, having raised an amazing total of £10962.25, so huge congratulations to Keris and her team of helpers.

I'm still doing little actual writing, as we are struggling with Son 2's lack of sleep and the knock-on effects on our own health. I'm feeling a little brain dead, to be honest, so I'm using any time I do have to do a little more background reading for novel two, some of it in German! I also hope to get novel one out to a few more agents either later this week or next. I've had some very positive feedback on my writing, but it isn't the light commercial fiction which agents and publishers seem to be looking for right now. I still have many options to try, so I'm far from giving up, but I think having a few weeks off to take stock has been healthy.

Onwards and upwards.


Debbie Coope said...

Every spare minute adds up, so keep going.

Miriam Drori said...

Viel Gl├╝ck mit der Lesung. And good luck with novel 1, too.

Cathy said...

Thanks for the encouragement Debbie. I sometimes need to be reminded of that, but did get a submission in yesterday.

Vielen Dank, Miriam :)

Anonymous said...

I struggle to see exactly what agents and publishers are looking for at all. I think a lot of it depends on whether you're famous already. If you are, then you have an almost 100% chance of being published; if you're new or this is your first novel, then what they're looking for always seems to be very different from what you've written.

Good luck with it, I'm sure it'll all work out in the end.

CJ xx

Cathy said...

I think we're always playing catch up with trends, CJ and it is certainly getting very difficult to get an agent or indie publisher as a newbie. The market is so difficult that nobody is prepared to take a risk.