After the excitement of attending Catherine Cooper's celebration party, my motivation dipped a little when I received another three rejections for my novel and a children's story. I was impressed again with the comments some had given me though as each time, it allows me to take a little comfort that I simply need to find the right place and not that my work isn't good enough. I am still trying to find an Agent, but this is proving just as difficult as finding a publisher.
However, my confidence soared when I found out that my letter had been published in Writers News this month. I was secretly hoping that it would go in as the editor had emailed to say he read it with interest, but never the less, it was a great boost to see my name in print again. It really made me want to write more letters as it's a good way to gain experience too.
My letter was about using friends and family to give feedback on work. I have always found it extremely useful as I am forever passing work to my Mom and Husband for an outside opinion. Of course I would love to produce a perfect piece of work first time without pestering anyone, but unfortunately for me, that is not the case. I find I get so wrapped up in a story that my imagination can sometimes go astray and my attention to detail suffers, so it's great if someone can pull me back and point out what I am doing wrong.
Today is 10/10/10 and supposed to be a very lucky day. I have used it well so far and managed to get my novel and a story ready for posting to another publisher tomorrow and have produced an action plan of submissions for the next month or so.
Fingers crossed I may have some luck in the future.