Friday, 29 March 2013

The Importance of Every Review

On this journey I’ve found that one of the hardest things to get is feedback and reviews. I’ve been fortunate to have very supportive friends and family who have given feedback in the past (and continue to help with feedback- thank you everyone). However branching out and finding reviewers outside this circle can be quite difficult. It’s something I wish I could do more of. Not because I think my opinion has that much value, but because I’ve discovered the review of just one person can make your day. That said I wouldn’t do it just to be nice, but to be constructive and objective about peoples work. Then if the work was good I could tell them so and that simple thing can bring confidence and motivation. It can make such a big difference. If my eyes weren’t so rubbish and caused me pain if I read or watch screens too much then I would try to review so many stories. I am going to try and review a few pieces on Amazon but it may take me months to read them.

As for me a lot of my work is being edited and improved at this point in time so I haven’t had a chance to get  much feedback. However with my short story being published in the Steampunk Anthology I have been very fortunate to receive one piece of nice feedback. On Monday the Anthology got a review and the reviewer said out of the 10 short stories mine was her favourite. It took me totally by surprise as the other writers are talented and more experienced than me. It’s strange how it’s just one persons opinion but to me it means so much. It’s cliché but I write because I love creating new stories, but the end goal is to share these stories with the world and when someone enjoys one of my stories it makes all the hard work worthwhile. Keeping that in mind I would ask that when you read any story you track down the place you can comment and review it and do so. You just don't know what impact it could have on the person who has written it.

As always thanks for reading and here’s the link to the review and where you can find the Anthology.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Confession Time So I Can Move On

Well guess it’s time I told the truth about what I mentioned in the previous post and why I was feeling down...

I tried an agent hunt for about the 1,004th time and got another full house of rejections. As always it has become another learning experience so nothing is ever wasted. I was just so excited to have finished a redraft of Empiphany and thought why not give it a try. I didn’t want to tell anyone and really hoped I got an agent so I could surprise everyone with some good news. However when that didn’t happen I got a bit down (understatement – I can become very low when I feel that disappointed, but it's just part of who I am and have learned how to move beyond it quickly). It didn’t take too long to get over the slump and I’m pretty focused and upbeat right now. It’s amazing how it’s my own expectations and over reaching that leads to me getting frustrated and disappointed. Now it’s time to completely move on and embrace the one very small step at a time attitude. The glacier way of thinking must be applied and one day a beautiful landscape will emerge.

As for what’s going on at the moment I’ll add another update/post to talk about that. And as a sort of footnote, and for the sake of keeping the details of this history, I’ve put information on the submissions below. Some of the more recent submissions haven't replied yet but I'm not expecting good news so moving on.  

Agency                         Date Submitted       Date Rejected

Conville and Walsh     25-11-12                    13-12-12  
Donald Mass               25-11-12                    11-12-12   
Caroline Sheldon        25-11-12                    14-01-13 
MBA                            26-11-12                    24-01-13  
Darley Anderson         26-11-12                    Difficulties with lost email submission. Eventually got in touch with someone. They were very nice about it and re-submitted (4-2-13) but never heard back.  
Corvisiero                 13-2-13                         No reply   
Doncongdon             13-2-13                         25-2-13  
Waxmanleavell        19-2-13                         No reply    
Jvnla                         17-2-13                         No reply   
PSliterary                  19-2-13                         6-3-13