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Multiple Submissions - A Writer's View

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Multiple submissions. Traditionally, agents don’t like them. But nowadays, most accept that aspiring writers make a practice of them. In all honesty, it’s unreasonable to expect otherwise. Given the sheer volume of submissions agents receive, it’s impossible for them to implement a quick turnaround. And given the number of rejections I, as a writer, am likely to receive on my journey towards representation, it could hold me back years if I waited for each submission to be considered one at a time. Multiple submissions it is, then, though I will always out of courtesy let an agent know I’m submitting elsewhere.

How many, exactly, constitutes multiple? Some people advocate playing the numbers game, believing that the largest outlay will bring in the greatest return. It isn’t uncommon for writers to submit to twenty agents at a time. (One writer I met recently had a business idea for block mailing query letters on behalf of aspiring authors to agents around the …

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My journey through the realm of self-publishing

Jonathan Taylor

I’d written my debut novel whilst going through treatment for cancer, which I was diagnosed with in 2012.  The idea, which came whilst on a family holiday to Florida back in 2010, had started to gather dust deep within an app on my iPad. This was the time! I thought. I’d read all the success stories of self-published authors and thought, Right that’s the way I’m going to go. How hard can it be?

While finishing the novel was quite a challenge, it turned out to only be the beginning when self-publishing. What do you do when you have finally completed that amazing journey of writing your book?

Formatting (ebook)

I knew I was going to self-publish it on the Amazon platform KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) but I needed to learn how. I started looking into how it all worked by watching YouTube clips and reading lots of different articles about how to self-publish. You can search for almost anything on these topics and there’s some great advice out there (be …

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The Lies I Tell Myself As A Writer

I was on a packed tube one sweaty Saturday, when a woman beside me said to her friend, ‘I worked on my novel yesterday. About three thousand words...’ 

‘Oh, cool,’ he said. 

‘Not sure about that,’ she laughed. ‘I read it back this morning and it’s rubbish. I should’ve gone out with you instead.’ 

I can’t tell you how much that comforted me as a writer, who was at the time in a creative slump, convinced I’d never write anything worth reading again and no other writer knew such frustration. Without knowing, without meaning to, the stranger in the tube carriage put my mind at ease; her words were like a nonexistent nod that said, ‘We are all the same.’ 

There’s something to be said for knowing you aren’t the only one, that ‘it happens to the best of us’, that most writers – perhaps even every writer – has that little voice inside their head that enjoys talking them out of writing and away from their desk, talking their pen away from …

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Writers are stronger together

Tom Anderson

Writing is undoubtedly the loneliest profession possible. I’ve tried to think of others and there are both silly and serious ones that do come to mind – but what makes writing so lonely is the way you can be right in the thick of it and surrounded by people, and yet essentially stuck in your thoughts and completely unable to share them.

There are many who love this arrangement, not least the English poet Wordsworth with his ‘bliss of solitude’. Famous writing recluses like Thomas Pynchon, Harper Lee (who had a great friendship with Truman Capote so she kind of doesn’t count), J.D. Salinger all come from America. Wales - where I live - however, is an immensely sociable country. We turn elite sport into a community sing-a-long, and in our arts and culture scenes we do all we can to support anyone else who’s looking to do what they do as long as it’s done with the flag of this proud nation in mind. 

This is where literary societies come in. The Welsh Academy, the …

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Win a share of £1200 to spend on editing, proofreading and design

FicShelf is an online platform that’s revolutionising the world of publishing. Our vision is to support independent authors to make a living from their talent, and to professionalise the self-publishing process.

At FicShelf we think that good books deserve good editors, proofreaders and cover designers. Through our Marketplace writers and publishing professionals can connect to form their very own publishing teams, and we’re providing all the tools needed to develop high quality eBooks.

But we also believe that lack of funding should never be a barrier to great writing. That’s why we are launching a brand new Funding Platform, which will help authors to finance the different aspects of the publishing process.

Our Funding Platform will go live on the 15th April, and to celebrate its launch, in conjunction with ALLi’s IndieReCon, we are offering up to three authors the chance to win a share of £1200 to get their funding campaign started.

Simply send a 500-word synopsis of your …

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