When your publishing contract falls through – with cats

I have a confession to make, I have kept some exciting publishing news to myself, waiting for just the right moment to blog about it. And now I think it’s about time. I received an offer to have my book Under a Different Sky published by a small traditional press in the US! Yes!! Hooray!! Party!! But before I get carried away with myself, I have to let you know:

The contract never went ahead.

Why you ask?

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10 Weird Things Writers Do – with cats

No, this article isn’t about the 10 strange ways that writers interact with cats. But it could be. Anyway… writers often do weird things for no apparent reason, but they wouldn’t have it any other way. So here are the 10 weird things writers often/sometimes/always do:

1. Frequent cafés with their laptop or notebook ‘to write’. Yes, of course you’re writing


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The nine stages of waiting to hear back from a publisher – with cats

You’ve done it. 630 hours later and you’re ready to send your perfectly polished masterpiece off to the Big 5 (or the Small 254). But what happens next isn’t pretty…


Hitting the Send Button

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The nine stages of writer’s block – with cats

Some people say writer’s block doesn’t exist. That it’s just epic procrastination and laziness tied up in a pretty package. But it does exist. Oh. Hell. Yes. It. does. Sometimes it can last from a few hours to a few years (true story!) but the journey is still the same…

It all starts with one tiny seemingly terrifying hurdle


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Submitting Your Manuscript to the Big 5 US Publishers

Here’s a list of the Big 5 US Publishing Houses, their submission requirements and links to submission details. I’ve also included at the end of the list two smaller US Publishers that I have submitted to in the past (received real feedback!) I thought they would serve as good examples of what’s out there if you decide to try the smaller publishers.

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What your editor goes through – with cats

So on not so good authority, this is totally what your editor (and beta-reader) goes through while editing your novel for the first time. Spare a somber thought for those who do it for free:

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. This first line is insanely awesome! I believe anything can happen #lovelife


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Filmed my shy sister singing without her knowing

My sister only feels comfortable singing in front of me and has never performed in front of a crowd, she’s way too shy. I’ve always wanted to capture her singing without her knowing, which I managed to do last Saturday!

I pretended to take a call on my iPhone and preceded to film her from the back singing ‘skinny love’ by birdy, then uploaded it to youtube! I thought she’d sing for a bit longer but she wanted to get my attention for some reason, so it’s only very short. I’ll have to try and catch her again.

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