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Sunday, July 31, 2011

long time...

It has been nearly a month since I've had the time or the wherewith-all to even think about posting a new blog! Despite the unpacked boxes stretching from floor to ceiling in the basement I have decided to go on with my writing life. Whether I can write anything worth reading is another matter altogether!

I am editing my fantasy novel (you remember--goddesses? Finna and Catriona?) once more after getting it back from the editor. It is now divided into three books, a trilogy, to be marketed accordingly. And...since it takes place in the Highlands of Scotland I am pursuing the Scottish agent and publishing market. Don't know if this will get me anywhere--for some reason I feel that people might read a bit more in the U.K., is this true? All I know is that this is an avenue different from the forty submissions I've already sent out. So, I ordered the 2011 yearbook of agents and publishers in Scotland and will be working on this for the next few months...why can't I just go with self-publishing, you ask? especially after all the interviews and success stories I have on my blog. I think because lately I've been hearing horror stories about authors losing their rights and wishing they had not gone with this or that company. It takes a tremendous amount of research, not to mention cash outlay to go this route. But I am definitely not ruling it out. This book WILL NOT languish in a drawer for the rest of its papery life--something about my stubborn capricorn nature I guess. It needs to be sprung in order for me to get on with the other writing projects I have going, like the memoir I've been posting excerpts of on this blog.

So, that's this week's update. When I receive the yearbook I can begin the slog through it--but I've done it before and I actually find this part fun--it's the marketing of myself and my work that sends me careening into the abyss...sending out queries is the easy part.


  1. does anyone know how to link the posts to everyone who follows my blog?

  2. If they follow the blog, it should show up in their feed. It just depends how often each blogger actually reads through their feeds. I do it once a week if I can.

    By the way, interesting route you're taking. I hope it works out for you. I hadn't considered going overseas with my submissions. It's intriguing.