I think the title of this blog post practically says it all. It is, as they say, what it says on the tin. I hardly even need to write this post, it’s succinctness in there for you to see in three little words.
Okay, I suppose I am being a tiny bit lazy. I had my third session of acupuncture last night and I’m feeling drained and lethargic and ready for my bed already and it’s only just past 7.30 p.m! I can’t say it’s working any wonders yet, but the migraines and insomnia are massively inbuilt into my system, so it will take a little working out of, I imagine. I had the most bizarre sensation with a needle in the top of my foot last night. It was worse that the one in my face or the ones in my wrists! A real deep throbbing feeling pervaded me and I can still feel it just thinking about it, so moving on….
Saturday, I attended New Writers UK book fayre and festival in Nottingham. It was a good day. Interesting to say the least.
First up I attended a talk on self publishing. Now I’m going to move quickly on from this session as it seemed more like a sales pitch than anything else. My expectations on the panel from the leaflet description of “Two self publishers discuss the pros and cons of self publishing” were not met. I didn’t hear a single con as two people who ran businesses producing writers self published books, talked.
Second up was a lovely literary agent of Rocking Chair Books by the name of Samar Hammam. Samar had traveled from London to talk and she was so polite and kind, even as I wanted to bang the heads together of some of the other members of the audience. Now this is where I do have something to say…
If you are writing and wanting to be published, wouldn’t it be helpful if you researched a little of the business you are wanting to be a part of, or the people you intend to approach at some point. Or forgive me, but understand the rules of engagement? One question put to Samar was on the subject of whether, when submitting to agents, did it have to be the first three chapters because if they weren’t the best, then the agent could be missing out on the next big thing.
Really!? For one. Work on those chapters until they are good enough to read. Two. How is anyone going to understand your story from three random chapters and Three. Get down off your big ego, there are only a few spots out there for new writers and there are thousands of us vying for them. Work hard and do what is requested and don’t think you should be treated differently.
And talking of ego’s, and going back slightly, to the self publishing panel, one member of the audience asked about how to stop agents or publishers ripping off your work! talk about ego, insulting and having no idea.
This is where I think the power of the internet and how we interact on blogs and other social networks is invaluable. I have learnt so much and have been directed to so much information about the things I need to know, and the etiquette I’m still learning, that I did feel kind of sorry for the stay at home, with obviously no internet access, writers, on Saturday.
Like I said, an interesting day.