Those that have been following my blog this Summer will know that I have had busy fingers, and after lots of talking about doing so have finally written my self-help book ‘Break The Cycle of Dysfunction’. It was largely bashed out during the hours of 4-6am. Whilst my third baby feasted on boobies, I typed away on my tablet hoping that no-one else would wake up. I’m usually in bed by 9pm and find that I’m more than ready to start my day early, especially when it’s so light outside. Nowadays I write when I get the chance – take yesterday for example (as pictured above) toddler was napping, baby was feeding in the sling which gave me about an hour to work.
In a mad moment of feeling happy with the first draft, I emailed it to three literary agents on the Friday before bank holiday weekend. I’m not exactly sure what I was expecting to happen but there were no fireworks in the sky, nor did the earth move. I’ve had one out and out rejection, and am waiting with baited breath for an offer (or more likely further rejection) from one or both of the others. I was expecting it though to be honest, fortunately I have incredibly thick skin and it’s not sent me into a tiz. It’s an exceptionally tough market out there, so I’m being realistic and gearing up to self-publish instead.
I sent the manuscript to a few trusted people at the same time as the agents, and they all came back with suggestions which means I’ve been doing another round of edits this past week. I’m now going through the printout with a fine tooth comb and hope to update the word document next week. I then plan to leave it be for a full month before doing one final edit and at that point I might be in a position to actually publish the damn thing.
Here’s my current to-do list:
Copywrite my work
Send to more agents? Very undecided on this one
Add in the written exercises
Format for Kindle
Round up blogging mummies to review it and help spread the word
Ditto Facebook friends (RL) across the world
I’m sure I’ve missed out a ton of stuff, so if anyone has a suggestion for me, please let me know in the comments section below. Stay tuned for next week’s update where I might be sharing the synopsis 🙂