Many moons ago I started writing a My Weekly Pocket Novel. At that time they were 30,000 words and I thought that was an achievable target. When I was part way through, the required word count went up to 50,000 – so I adjusted my plot and carried on. I reached 50,000 words and the end of my story. Then I lost confidence in what I’d written and decided it was so bad that I couldn’t possibly send it out.
So it sat gathering virtual dust on my hard drive.
Then the news came from Maggie Seed that My Weekly Pocket Novels were being replaced by the new Easy Reads imprint and she needed manuscripts. I decided it was now or never. So I wrote a synopsis and polished up my first 3 chapters and, with nothing to lose, emailed Maggie.
A week later, I nearly fell off my chair when she replied and asked to see the rest of the manuscript. Unfortunately the rest of it was still in ‘first draft’ stage. So I’m now busy editing and trying to knock it into a coherent shape.
Of course, there’s still a high probability that the whole thing will be rejected so I’m not sitting here with rosy coloured specs on planning my launch party. But it’s nice to know that the basic idea, outlined in the synopsis, was not total rubbish!
So if you’ve got something languishing in a bottom drawer – why not get it out and search for a market? If you don’t submit then you’ll never get published. But if you do submit…who knows what might happen!
For more information on Easy Reads have a look on womagwriter’s blog.
#1 by Debbie Young on October 8, 2012 - 8:21 pm
Oh Sally, how exciting! Fingers crossed for you! And you’re quite right about not leaving things languishing in a drawer someone. As the punchline to the old joke goes, if you want to win the lottery, you have to help fate by buying a ticket. Planning to dig out a few old short stories myself for a volume I plan to publish as my 2013 project! Keep us posted of developments!
Best wishes, Debbie
#2 by Sally Jenkins on October 8, 2012 - 8:26 pm
#3 by Jac Dowling on October 9, 2012 - 7:10 am
Great news Sally – well done! I’ve donned my rose-tinted specs for you and will keep them in situ until further notice.
Good luck and best wishes
#4 by robinnis on October 9, 2012 - 8:38 am
Hey great news – good luck and keep us posted.
#5 by Vikki (The View Outside) on October 9, 2012 - 11:37 am
Oh wow, congratulations!!!! 🙂
#6 by Sally Jenkins on October 9, 2012 - 11:58 am
Thanks to all for your good wishes!
#7 by Linda on October 9, 2012 - 2:23 pm
Good luck! And thanks for the reminder to never throw any writing away – even if you think it’s rubbish at the time. With a bit of tweeking and polishing some of that old stuff can be just what you – and a publisher – need.
#8 by Sally Jenkins on October 9, 2012 - 7:37 pm
You’re right, Linda. Never discard anything – you never know when it might be useful.
#9 by Tracy Fells on October 9, 2012 - 4:24 pm
What an inspiring story Sally. You’ve jumped over the first hurdle, so many best wishes for zooming over the next. Will be watching your post for the good news – probably will hear the cheers first 🙂
#10 by Sally Jenkins on October 9, 2012 - 7:38 pm
You will definitely hear the cheers, Tracy! But I’m trying not to get my hopes up – I haven’t even sent off the rest of the manuscript yet.
#11 by susanjanejones on October 9, 2012 - 4:49 pm
Congratulations on getting the editors attention and wanting more Sally, you’ve gone over the first hurdle. Good luck, crossing fingers, toes for you. How exciting!!!
#12 by Sally Jenkins on October 9, 2012 - 7:38 pm
#13 by Ann Ankers on October 10, 2012 - 8:52 am
Yes, I do have languishing mss. So I will certainly prune, polish and post.
Thanks for the news and Good Luck with yours.
#14 by Sally Jenkins on October 10, 2012 - 12:04 pm
Thanks, Annie – and get polishing!
#15 by marlamadison on October 10, 2012 - 3:07 pm
Congratulations! You are evidence that persistence pays off. Good luck with it.
#16 by Sally Jenkins on October 10, 2012 - 5:53 pm
#17 by Anne Harvey on October 11, 2012 - 6:29 pm
Congratulations, Sally, on getting so far. And good luck with the editing!
#18 by Sally Jenkins on October 11, 2012 - 7:39 pm
Thank you Anne. I’ve downloaded the manuscript onto my Kindle now to give it one final read through.