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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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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The nine stages of blogging – with cats

There are around 65 million bloggers on WordPress – and god knows how many more that use other platforms. But no matter which one you use, it’s most likely that every single one of you go through the following nine stages (and if you don’t I bow down to you oh holy one):

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The nine stages of #thewriterslife – with cats

There comes a time when every writer needs to step back and see what a #writerslife looks like from the outside – and yes it looks like cats.

Be warned, these stages can come in any order, you can be in the middle of number 6 when suddenly inspiration strikes and you’re back at number 1. Number 2 might not actually exist and number 9 can strike at any time.

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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…

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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.

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