Saturday, 23 July 2011

Glass half full....

I didn't blog right away when I heard back from the publisher that I had sent my first manuscript to. I wanted to let the information settle before commented and shared it with you.

Now before you get excited, Leashed by a Wolf wasn't picked up yet......please note the word YET....because although I was told it wasn't right for them.......they did say it wasn't right for them BUT with a couple of tweaks it could be.

So I am seeing that as the glass half full, they didn't tell me it sucked, they simply said it needed a little more work to really pull the story out of it. I have thought about the specific feed back I got and to be honest as much as I want to argue I can't because they weren't wrong in what they said.I do need to make the characters pop more and, in the case of Laney, a little more mature.

This last week I have had an infection in and around my wisdom tooth, as I write this I am still in mild pain although not as bad as it was, so when I got the email on Thursday I was already in a poor mood. At first all I saw was "YOU SUCK!! GIVE UP WRITING" but after some more meds and a nights sleep I realised they do what to see the book again, they just need a little more work. My week started out pain filled but finished a little achy but positive none the less.

I have made a deal with one of the UCW ladies Karina, who also has a request to resubmit, that we will be rewriting our first chapters and swapping then at the end of next week.......so now I am taking the weekend to get over the last of the pain in my mouth....seriously I can understand why babies cry when they are teething cause this is not a fun pain......and then I will be back to the grind stone.

 Considering starting my own publishing company, granted I know nothing about starting a business and even less about the publishing world.....but hay at least I have about 24 UCW authors in waiting that will jump at the chance to be published by me......possibly.......actually doubtfully considering I won't know how to even begin!!! But still it's an idea right???


Oooo before I forget I finally got my act together and have created my own web page  www.CherieNicholls.co.uk  come visit me if you get the chance!

There has also been some excellent news in the UCW house.....but until a certain Mrs K puts it out there for public knowledge I will keep her secret.....but I am bursting to tell you all!

So its been one of those weeks for me, hopefully you will have fared better.. until next time remember every cloud has a silver lining, every glass is half full and every writer is one email away from that best seller!


Thursday, 14 July 2011

Confused, unsure, nervous and mostly just floundering,

I have now officially re-written the begining of this blog about a million times!

I have loads to tell you but IN can't seem to think in proper sentences so going to try the whole bullet  point system for starters:

I finally sent off my wip - Leashed by a Wolf to a publisher.........I am now in week 2 of a 4-6 week nail biting time waiting for the big R or a, less likely, yes! It's my first submission so I am both excited and completely terrified it has to be said.

The Nut House Scribblers blog (the UCW group blog...check it out here) is going strong......just goes to show that a writers group can achieve anything when they put their minds to it......next WORLD DOMINATION.....joking....sort of......

Some of the ladies have had some great news since I last blogged.....Miss Raven is now a signed author, her first book Wall Flowers Don't Wilt is out on October 7th....check her blog out here for more information. Miss Karina, shared today, that two publishing houses are interested in two of her books.....yep that's right people I said TWO! Miss Alyssa is now writing her third sequel to her debut novel Road to Recovery, check her website here for more information, Both Miss Kiru and Miss Doris have finished their current WIPs and I am sure I am missing loads of other great things that happened since I last blogged but people check out the Nut House blog....its the place where nothing is kept secret......you never know what you might find out.......  *ooooooooo*

Mills and Boon announced their 2011 New Voices Compitietion.....I found it in the back of one of their books see......



It all kicks off on the 13th September, those of us in the UCW who are not published are considering re-erntering, after all its where most of us met......but we are also remembering all those nerves and the constant refreshing of the page just to see if anyone had made a comment on our story or on the dreaded "Final Judgement" when the results were posted....how very terrified most of us where on that day.

That leads to me to all sorts of other problems....if I enter what do I enter? Do I write something new? By the time the comp starts I will know if Leashed has been rejected but the publisher it is currently with I could enter that but then if it has been rejected its clearly not good enough and why waste my time entering it into the NV comp......see all the circles I am going in here??

I have stories in my head and I have even started one but I just can't seem to bring myself to invest in any of them......perhaps when I hear back from the publishers on my current submission I will be able to focus again....yeah we will see!

So thats me people....confused, unsure, nervous and mostly just floundering, I promise to try to blog more often but you know what its like when life interfers with stuff you would rather be doing.....its just RUDE!!!

See ya on the flip side!