Firstly, I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who posted a comment yesterday – it was so great hearing such a range of opinions and has given me a lot to think about. I can see some common themes emerging, one of which is to look for places where I can get the biggest distribution.
Coming from a small country where there are very few literary agents, I have to adjust my thought process a little when looking at the big world. I’ve read a few agent blogs and know the basics, but I need to get it into my head that rather that seeking publishers (like I would if looking inside NZ), I’ll be querying agents and it’s their job to find someone who wants my novel.
Sounds so simple when put like that, though I’m well aware that scoring an agent is far from being an easy process! It’s going to be interesting times ahead, but I am feeling really positive and looking forward to the challenges, whatever they turn out to be.
I’m getting to know more and more people who are self publishing, and I think they are brave and creative. It is definitely an option, but I want to try and find an agent/publisher first. Not sure I have the skills to effectively self publish, though it’s something I will look at further down the track.
The last read through is going fairly well, though slower than I had hoped. It may be two weeks now to get through the novel as I find that I can only do a chapter at a time or I start losing focus and that’s never a good thing! It’s been an interesting process, I find that sometimes I speak something that’s not quite what is on the page, at which point I can stop and decide which version is better and make changes accordingly. It’s also giving me a chance to improve the flow and language along the way. All good things.
So, because I can’t spend all day reading aloud, I’m going to also work on some other things as well – researching agents/publishers, formulating a query letter, making chapter summaries as I go through so that I definitely have everything in order for the synposis etc. All good stuff 🙂
I’m really happy today, lol though I’m not sure why. I am running with it though, life is beautiful and the world is an amazing place 🙂
Hope you are all having a great day too!
Oh, and a final note – not long until NZ Speculative Fiction Blogging Week, is there anything in particular you would like to see? I’m open to suggestions and hoping to prepare a post for each day during the week.