Fuck yeah! Its been a great week for productivity. I mean a really great week! Considering that it started so slow and I didn’t know what I was doing and I was annoyed at not getting the new job and my printer was down and all sorts of other small things that were bugging the hell out of me… Now, I feel a shit load better. ^_^
I have made four submissions of my work this week. Four! And now that I’ve started the ball rolling I think I can get it moving quiet consistently to one submission a week, be it electronic or hard copy.
The first submission was to Inspired Quill. I’ve been saying it for a while, but since obtaining the proof for Clash of The Animal Kings I figured I had two choices. I could proceed through CreateSpace and risk falling by the wayside, being utterly ignored and lost in the pool of all those self published authors who can’t afford the advertising. Or I could take a risk and go with a publishing house that I know full well are designed for and looking out specifically for new authors.
Sara Slack is incredibly passionate about books and the fact that she is the figurehead and the driving force behind Inspired Quill gives me plenty of confidence. It also makes me feel loads better to read her comments and understand that she would appreciate my making a submission. So, I thought, why not? Its safe for me to do so; Clash is not currently available through CreateSpace and I haven’t approved the proof with them, so I am still permitted to approach other publishers, agents, vendors to publish the work. I feel that while I am still at that stage with CreateSpace it would be foolish not to. So I put together my sample chapters, the synopsis and my cover letter and sent it off to them earlier in the week. Now I just need to sit tight and wait. ^_^
The next three submissions are all of Silk Over Razor Blades. Its been a fabulously productive week for all of my work so far! The first submission was processed electronically and sent to Carden Wright Literary Agency. They take submissions through email so it was one of those that was relatively simple to put the work together, make the attachments neat and tidy, make sure that they are properly presented and attach them to an email. It was the same with Jonathan Clowes Ltd. Both of these I processed on Thursday night and they flew merrily across the blue nowhere to their respective inboxes some time ago. Just need to wait to hear back from them now.
The last submission was a full, hard copy pack which I had to send through the post. This one went to Darley Anderson Literary TV and Film Agency. These guys wanted three chapters, a literary CV, a synopsis and my cover letter. So I sent it to them. I also sent them an SAE (you have GOT to do this if you want your work back – and I also arranged for it to be recorded delivery) and a SAP. The SAP was an idea I read somewhere on the internet (if I can find the site, I promise I’ll share it), but I liked it so much as an idea that I had to use it. A stamped, addressed postcard, made out to myself, which I have asked the agent to put with their outgoing mail when it comes in. No more effort is required than that, but it means that I will be able to see when they received the work and it will assure me that the pages have not just become lost in Royal Mail’s basement somewhere. That shouldn’t really be an issue because I did the whole thing by recorded delivery, but you never can be too careful. I’m sure there are some agents from the last time I did this that didn’t even respond at all, and I can’t guarantee that they even received the work. So this should take care of that and offer them a witticism about chocolate at the same time.
Never can be bad right?
All of these people are from the Authors and Artists Yearbook 2011 except for Inspired Quill. I’m looking forward to doing one of these each week and seeing my spreadsheet of submissions grow and grow. A strange part of me is also looking forward to the rejections if only because it means that people out there have seen my work. They may have decided that I’m not for them, but at the same time, its also about spreading my name. Like a virus.
Heh, that’s it; I wanna go viral!