Something strange happened the other day. I read a blog post (Mystery Writing is Murder) about writing to deadlines and the blogger mentioned NaNoWriMo. As a dedicated NaNoer, I had to post a comment, and while posting it I realised that I had two novels I consider ready to be published, and I hadn’t really tried hard, or in one case at all, to get them published.
I tell myself this is partly because I am still wondering if electronic self-publishing is the right way forward – in which case, why haven’t I done it yet?! – but in truth it is because I’ve been procrastinating. Yet another case in my life where I haven’t got a deadline so I don’t get anything done.
For once, I allowed these thoughts to galvanise me into action, and I immediately found submission details for 4 publishers who are currently accepting unagented submissions, and submitted the next day by email to the ones who accept email submissions. I am just about to go into the conservatory and excavate my old laptop, which is the only one that will connect to the printer, so that I can print out sample chapters etc to send to the other two publishers.
I feel that once I’ve been rejected by all 4 publishers I will then be convinced to do it myself! Although I suppose if they don’t think they can sell my novel then the chances of me being able to sell it myself are rather slim. I just don’t want to leave it all until after this November, when I am hoping to add another unpublished novel to the pile.
Weather in Edinburgh today: grey and grim. Activity: packed and moved props for latest theatre show ‘Prescription for Murder’.