Sunday, 2 September 2012

Don't Panic, I Am Alive!

Taken Friday night - to prove I'm not some bot!
Gosh, it's been a whole week since I blogged, so going to use this post as a bit of a catch up for you!

I've spent the last week with my family, staying at my Mum's with the boys.  I wasn't totally cut off from the internet world, thanks to the good old Smart Phone, but it's not somewhere I choose to blog from.

Actually, what I do use is Instagram and if you do too, I'm Witteringwoman :D I think I've got used to it, as it's a phone App. As you can see, you can see one picture, but to see all the pictures I've taken, you need to go into the App from your phone. I try to share via Facebook*, Tumblr and Twitter, depending on what the pictures are. *please note I don't always friend on Facebook as it's my personal page.

The other day I did hear back from another publisher about The Wedding Favour. Bearing in mind I nearly didn't send it to this publisher, I've had incredible feedback from them really. It was a rejection, but in my eyes a positive one, and so I didn't feel too upset about it.  Of course it would have been nice to be accepted - I dream of being an author for this publisher - but I was realistic that it possibly wouldn't happen with my first novel.

With the info I'm about to give you, you might deduce who the publisher is... Anyway, they said it did very well with their tasting panel, so much so it then went to their editorial team. However, for 2013 they have really filled all their contemporary romance slots, and an existing author has a similar story already planned for that year too, so it wasn't what they were looking for.

The fact that they requested the full from the synopsis and then I got this positive rejection does actually make me feel more confident about my writing ability. I will get there... hopefully. I'm too stubborn to give up.

So next steps... well, I can still edit The Wedding Favour down to the category romance and resubmit to the other interested publisher. Plus, I may look at some other British publishers and send it off to them... (any recommendations please say!). Then, I get to start writing book three, or working on re-editing Perfect Isn't An Option when I get the feedback from the RNA NWS.

But I'm not going to start anything until the kids are back at school, and I'm running four miles three times a week again...


  1. I've decided to stop using new apps - I get addicted far too easily, and I really don't need any more distractions!

    Great news about the reply for your novel. Fingers crossed for your next submission :-)

    1. This is true, but Instagram is on my phone, so tend to only use it when out and about.

      Yes, shame it wasn't an acceptance, but it was an all bad rejection. I will keep on slogging... Thanks, Annalisa.

  2. Lovely photo of you, Teresa! You look very happy!
    Well done on getting so far with the publisher - trust me they don't get a book to that stage if they're not interested in it

    1. Ah, thanks, Deb, for the reassuring words. Now gotta consider another publisher, similar... and I'm finding the task hard. Because I've got a typically British voice, and it's set in England, I need a British publisher. I will got through W&A yearbook I think x


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