Thursday, 24 September 2009

Let it Begin

I will always remember the 24th of September for one very simple reason.  It is the day I sent out my very first submission for my manuscript.  I have sent it to Darley Anderson in London, one of the most reputable agencies in the country, in my opinion.  Not to rain on my parade or be a Moaning Myrtle, but I'm not really expecting anything to come of it.

I mean, do I want published?  Absolutely.  Do I think I will be published? Hmm...tough call.  If I'm being perfectly honest, I think I tell good stories.  I have a voice, I love creating new characters  and there is no better feeling when a story sweeps you away.  Any other writer will tell you how agonising it can be, but you very rarely hear of the plus side of writing.  I can remember writing when I was like, fifteen.  I would sit at my little word processor for hours on end, just getting lost in the words.  Time would pass with little or no meaning, and it would only be when I stepped back for a moment that I would realise just how much time has passed.  I would be suddenly starving and busting on a wee, realising I had sat down before dinner time and it was no the tiny hours of the morning.  I have a one year old little boy now, so I try not to do things like that anymore.  The only thing worse than being knackered the next day, is being knackered and have to look after a kid.  Actually, the only thing worse than being knackered and looking after a kid is all that AND being hungover, but that's a whole other story...

Anyhoo, oh right, submission!  So yeah, my very first submission went out today.  For those of you who aren't familiar with Darley Anderson, go check out their website, they rock, seriously.  They represent such authors as Martina Cole and Lesley Pearse.  So why, you ask, if I don't expect them to offer me a fabulous wonderful jaw-droppingly perfect contract, did I bother in the first place?  Cause I would rather try and fail than not bother and always wonder.  They are at the very top of my agent wish-list, and I figured if I was gonna do this thing, may as well do it right.  Right?

Guess I'll have to wait my 4-6 weeks to find out what they think.


Shelly Quade 28 September 2009 at 06:58  

Congratulations, teeny104! It takes a lot of courage to submit a ms to an agency, whether you think your work stands a good chance or not.

Admittedly, I think your work stands a better chance if you DO think your work is very good.

But, it can't hurt to begin submitting. It's probably like an interview - the more you do, the better/more comfortable you get.

Just remember, regardless of the response:

You tried


Persistence is a large part of writing.

teeny104 6 October 2009 at 13:08  

Thanks so much for your kind words and encouragement!

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