Panic editing, pitching and other messy processes.

I am bang, smack in the middle of rewriting (and I mean rewriting) my cosy mystery story. I received some exceedingly valuable feedback from an agent about this piece, and what it needs to reach a marketable point. Scary advice – but once I stopped sulking, and really looked it, I realised that she was right. The suggested changes will make a huge difference to the readability (and saleability) of the piece.

So now I’m in the middle of an anxiety-producing rewrite. I have no idea if I’m going to make the Easter deadline either. Having said that, it cheered me greatly to see a post from a fellow writer on a facebook writers group (of which I am a member). She said that it had taken her 18 months to (a) deal with the feedback, (b) redraft her story, and (c) finish the draft to a submittable level. Good to know that I’m not the only one paralysed by fear at the prospect of a rewrite. So, its onwards and upwards with that one.

And just to make my writers journey more challenging, I’ve finished the rewrite of my new junior grade fiction novel, prepared the pitching materials and synopsis, and am about to embark of the process of submitting it to various publishers. Expect that rejection widget to see some action over the next three months. Hey, you never know, I may actually get an acceptance/show of interest!.

Fingers crossed. Keep up your writing!

 

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Self Publisher’s Checklist

woodtype-846088_1920Are you in the process of self-publishing a book? Do you need some advice on what to do and when?

You can download my free self-publishing checklist to help you with your planning. It’s a great place to start. self-publisher-checklist

You can find this and other handy resources and tools on the Resources page. I will be adding new items to this page on a regular basis.

Announcing the launch of “Light Room” by Sarah Jackson

“Light Room” by Sarah Jackson (e-book, short story) is now available through Amazon. 

light-roomHave you ever woken from a deep sleep to find that you can’t move, speak or cry out for help? That you have no idea what time it is? Or what day it is? Or even where you are? What if you found yourself in a medical facility waiting to have your organs removed? Dylan has.

Welcome to “Light Room”. Described by Beta readers as “genuinely creepy” and “disturbing”. A science fiction/horror short story from the “Better Future” Series. Not suitable for children!

Available now through Amazon. Search for “Light Room” by Sarah Jackson or use one of the links below: