Candice: After some time, some editing, some literary festival discussions and some cake; the first three chapters of ‘Kate and the Dirtboffins’ are almost ready to go out to unsuspecting Agents again.
Phil’s and my novel has been rewritten within an inch of its life; characters removed, plot lines reassessed, wardrobes updated and now its been through the helpful hands of Liz at Libroediting who’ve given our bad spelling, crap use of speech and general dyslexia a once over to help make this a quality document. Liz looked at the last version, and her comment about it lacking a hook really made us think. Well this time apparently, it’s more compelling than it was before! We may not agree will all the changes she’s suggested but at least we have an outside opinion on what we have done.
We’ve also given her our newly revamped, marketised and generally much better query letter so she can give it the once over. I’m actually very happy with that one particularly as Phil and I ripped the other one apart, whilst sweating buckets under a tree at the Hatton Arms a few weeks ago, and I now think this is something that people will go “humm, this sounds very interesting” rather than getting lost in the slush pile.
So the last step lies with Mr Parker as I am busy packing boxes on the proviso I will be moving house in just over a week. The girl can only concentrate on so many things at one time, you know. He’s been in the library with Writer’s and Artist’s again, working out who might like our new book.
However, in the middle of all this Liz came back and said, ” I don’t know how the publishing industry is the moment, have you considered self publishing?” Well that is interesting, the word is obviously getting further and further out there that things have changed (it also shows she doesn’t read our blog 😦 ). I went back and said yes we have, but want to give the old-fashioned,traditional route one more try.
So Phil is making notes, printing packs and stuffing envelopes for one last time before we go and see Authoright for self publishing ideas.