Pitching face to face with a publisher – with cats

A few months ago I pitched face to face with a mid-tier publisher in NSW, Australia. The publisher in question was Allen & Unwin, an independent publisher that I have always dreamed of getting published by. I used to get butterflies just thinking about them. I mentioned about getting ready for the pitch in an earlier post, so I thought it was about time that I share the ‘9 things I learned from my face to face pitch’. And I promise to be truthful, as always…

But first, here’s what happened during the pitch:

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How to successfully query a literary agent – with cats

I was initially going to call this blog ‘How it feels to be rejected by literary agents’, but that’s super depressing, why not focus on the positive this time? My novel, Mesmerise, has been officially rejected (since last friday) by the grand total of five literary agents I was able to query it with. Most of my initial queries were actually successful, and (another bonus) I learned heaps of valuable info about the query process, which should come in handy for the next round – submitting to publishers.

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The nine main stereotypes of writers – with cats

There are so many writing stereotypes out there. For example, when most people picture a writer they imagine a poor-coffee-loving-intelligent-but-crazy-bohemian-hermit who spends their days dreaming up fantastical worlds and despicable murders.  It may shock some people to learn that some writers love the sun, prefer to be outdoors, and actually, NO, they don’t know a single thing about how a computer works, but if you need help with anything Microsoft word related – well you’re in luck! (Another stereotype?? Whoops).

Here are what I think are the nine main stereotypes of writers:

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When you try to write instagram poetry – with cats

 I’m going on an Instagram craze at the moment, and have tried to write some ‘instapoems’ for my instagram @millyschmidt. WARNING – these are the first I’ve ever done so I hope they aren’t too atrocious. And just so you know, it’s summer in Australia, which is why some of my poems are all sun, surf & sand. I also thought I’d keep in theme with my blog and add a cat gif I think is most appropriate for each poem… lol #crazycatlady

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Short Story: The Early Beach Runner

Here’s another of my short stories that I entered into a writing competition with no success. Competition was called The Thunderbolt Prize. Sadly I have yet to crack the competition egg! Please enjoy my award winning thriller/suspense story… The Early Beach Runner. P.s. I really suck at present tense so I do apologise in advance.

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The nine stages of facing rejection as a writer – with cats

If you aspire to the lofty heights of ‘published’ writer, no doubt you’ve faced rejection time and time again – as I have. I am currently querying my novel, Mesmerise, with agents and considering there are only 15 Literary Agents in Australia, and I can only submit to about seven, self-publishing is starting to look damn attractive right about now!

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Filmed my shy sister singing and uploaded it to YouTube

My sister has a beautiful voice (she’s the pretty singer, I’m the nerdy writer). So, what did I do? I secretly filmed her singing ‘Skinny Love’ by Birdy and uploaded it to YouTube! How else was I supposed to get others to hear her sing?

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