I should know — it happened to me
My journey toward publishing my debut novel
As many of you know, I have always wanted to become a full-time novelist for as far back as I can remember. To walk into a bookshop and see one of my books on the shelf would be incredible.
No great shakes I can hear you say. Maybe not. But for me, it has been a personal crusade that I have been working on for so many years with breaks here and there due to life getting in the way and having to earn a living, raise a family and generally try to keep things going. However, as I head towards retirement (although these days the government in the UK seems to keep moving the retirement age further and further away), I would like nothing more than to hang up the transcription earphones that I use daily as a Legal Secretary and focus entirely on writing novels.
I am awaiting the contract from the publisher who requested the full manuscript of The Mysterious Disappearance of Marsha Boden which is being finalised and I have joined the Society of Authors in anticipation of sending them the contract to read through, as recommended by an author friend of mine.
More exciting news!!!
I heard today that two children’s books that I submitted have also been accepted for publication so will now receive three contracts at the end of next week. I cannot tell you how excited that makes me. When I see them in print, all three books, I think then I can call myself an author. Validation of my writing and the long, sometimes arduous journey, will have all been worthwhile.
I was told that the next step after signing the contract for The Mysterious Disappearance of Marsha Boden is to kick back while an in-house editor works through the manuscript picking up any inconsistencies in the plot, narrative, characterisation and so on. And then it will be over to me to work on the manuscript to incorporate the recommendations/amendments and to return it as soon as possible. That is going to be the tough part and I am looking forward to working with the publishing house which sounds very empathetic toward their authors.