So, my submission count is up to 20 so far.
It’s been school holidays so I haven’t had as much time to work on it. And surprisingly, it takes quite a while to prepare each submission. Before sending off to each agent, you have to read through their whole submissions page to make sure you get all the information on how to submit to them specifically. Some of the sites ramble a bit and don’t include all the info in one place, plus when you look up the individual agent you have chosen to submit to, they sometimes have different guidelines of how they what you to go about it.
So yes… it takes a while. Because as the agents sites are keen to tell you, they’ll delete your submission if you don’t do it right.
I’m keen to start my next book (the first of another series, not YA this time, kind of a dystopian/future/climate change setting, for which I’ll be using GOT for my research), but I feel like I should make more of an effort to perfect my first book, The Muse, before I begin. The Muse is on Wattpad, in a poorly edited and rambling form (I wasn’t really the best writer when I wrote it), but the engaging characters and storyline are there (or so I’ve been led to believe through the lovely comments from my wonderful readers- Thanks guys!) So I might spend a month or two perfecting that and the sequel, The Cafeteria Lawn, before putting them both on Amazon to sell as print on demand books.
What do you think of that as an idea?
I feel bad though, because if I did this, it would mean not continuing to post the rest of The Cafeteria Lawn for free on Wattpad. And I know how pissed-off my readers would be, because they were getting increasingly edgy when I took months between chapter updates. But sorry guys, I need to make money somehow. 🙂
The idea is to get all the people who loved The Muse on Wattpad, to go across to Amazon and buy the sequel.
Other than the time consuming edit (while still earning no money), the only other problem I can see is the fact that I think there would be a copyright issue if I used the current covers. Yeah, you may recognise who that is. So, I have decided to do my own sketch of the current cover for The Muse (thanks again to my friend Mia for her awesome idea) because as far as I’ve read, an artistic representation of a photo or painting doesn’t breach copyright. 😀 yay! But the cover of The Cafeteria lawn will have to be redesigned, it’s current state is a bit of a half-hearted effort.
So, in conclusion, my next few weeks will consist of:
- Continuing to submit The Quadrants to every agent on the planet
- Doing an extensive edit of The Muse and The Cafeteria Lawn
- Doing a sketch of the cover of The Muse
- Um… ok, and finishing Mia’s mum’s painting which she paid me for 3 years ago, lol. Sorry!!! (I’m currently re-setting up a corner of the lounge as my new painting zone, but I am scared that wet paintings might be in danger of cushions thrown by boys).
If you are currently submitting, or just about to, let me know how it’s going in the comments below. 🙂