Julie's Quest

Hello, and welcome to my blog. My blog is about the trials and tribulations of writing, where we celebrate successes and commiserate our near misses. We tell it like it is here and will do our very best to help you on the road to being published and pick you up after the rejections (they will come!) Whether you are a professional or amateur writer you will find something useful here.

I hope you enjoy reading my posts and will visit again soon.

Happy Writing

Julie Phillips - freelance writer - member of the Association of Freelance Writers - member of the Society of Authors

Monday, 13 June 2011

M is for Moving on

So, you've written that short story, poem or novel. You've had the audacity to send it out to magazines, agents and publishers. You've received enough rejections to probably re-paper your whole house, let alone the toilet. What do you do next? If you've come to a dead end but you still believe in your work, where do you go?

It happens. That's the first thing you need to remember. Sometimes (well, quite a lot really!)  a story is stubborn and just won't sell, or  no agent or publisher wants to take your book on. You've sat down and reworked it to within an inch of your life and you are at the end of your tether with it and you are stuck as to where to take it next. Does there come a point when you have to shelve it and move on? How long do you keep flogging at it before you throw in the towel? Have you come to the end of the road and it's time to move on?

It's a very difficult decision to make and one that shouldn't be taken lightly. But here are a few things to think about if you think you're nearing this point:

1. Put some distance between you and your work. Time can heal and you may come back to it with fresh eyes and fresh ideas.

2. Markets change, publishing trends change. With a bit of time your work may be in demand in the future so sit tight with it!

3. Consider paying  a company to critique your work  -  make sure they re experienced and have a good reputation. It may be expensive but it could mean the difference between getting published and not.

4. Look for other markets/agents/publishers  -  you can't have exhausted all of them!

5. Start something new while you're struggling to get your current work published - keeping your eggs in one basket lowers your odds. If you can show editors/agents/publishers that you're not just a one trick pony and you have something else to bring to the table if you do decide to move on, they may be more favourable to future submissions.

Moving on needn't be negative  -  everything you've learned from the work you're moving on from can be taken with you and make your next piece of work better.

Happy writing

Julie xx

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