Wednesday, 25 March 2009


  • I've just gotten back from posting a query letter, synopsis and sample chapters of the first of my comic fantasy novels to an agent who seems to specialise in the right sort of area. I thought that, as much as I'm happy with the relationship I seem to be building with the e-book and POD publisher who took my first urban fantasy number, I'd like to see if this one is a viable prospect for the more traditional publishing route, simply because that still seems to be the route that comes with the best marketing and distribution. Well, not just because of that. There's also still a part of me that sees success not so much in terms of having written and sold what I hope is a good book, but in terms of seeing the finished product on the shelves of my local bookshop. Yes, I know it's sad and weird, but there you go.
  • Having said that, I'm open to suggestions for how to promote the urban fantasy novel. While the publisher will no doubt make efforts in that direction (on the basis that selling copies is good) I'm sure I should be adding to them as much as possible. Since I don't particularly know how, any hints in that direction are welcome.
  • My PhD seems to have been at a reading through and making comments stage for a while. I must chase it up. After all, the progress in the thing is down to me, not anyone else.
  • It seems to be the season for AGMs. The university fencing club have had theirs (I didn't stand for anything, what with not being there next year), and the cricket team I play for are having theirs on Monday. I've briefly toyed with the idea of standing for 2nd team captain, but that runs into two problems. One: because I don't currently get picked for the seconds, (leaving me as an occasional first team player), I don't have enough knowledge of the players involved to do a good job. Two: I have a sneaking suspicion that my brother would do something stupid like declaring he was only playing for the seconds at some point in the season, when he is manifestly one of the best players in our first team.

1 comment:

Christina said...

I'm wishing you the best on the query letter. It looks like a lot of great things are going on right now. I heard that getting your book to reading groups gets you out there quickly. If they like the book, they will suggest it to other people. That's how one writer did it. She didn't expect to get very far and the next thing she knew, she was being ordered in all the states.