g'day gentle reader
I'm in my seventy fifth year. That's 3/4 gone should I be lucky enough to live to 100. If you consider 100 a year beginning with spring then I've passed from autumn to the winter of years. So I better get on with it.
Time to publish the damn trilogy one way or another. As a subscriber to Authors Publish, they send me reviews of publishers 'now accepting' with links to the publishers web sites, often straight to the the submission guidelines.
1. Put your manuscript away
2. Reread your manuscript. Start to finish. Out loud.
I went no further. My magnificent octopus had been sitting in the bottom file of my PC for 3 years. Strike 1,
I began re-reading out loud - well not exactly - I had word read it aloud to me. I took over 6 months. strike 2.
Meanwhile I continued to a short story to WotF each quarter but with less alacrity and it showed; after 8 consecutive successes I missed 2. I had become re-engaged in the world of my novel.
After filling in their incredibly detailed application form (which, I have to say was one of the most useful writing exercises I have ever done, I now know what my story is about) I find my book is too big for them. Strike 3 your out.
So in the end I after 20 plus years in the making and 20 plus rejection I've published my magnificent octopus,
now available for pre-order.
until my next post