As some of my readers may know, I will turn 50 this year. As a treat to myself for making it to my half-century, I’ve spent some of my well-earned tax rebate on a trip to this year’s Winchester Writers’ Festival, with the emphasis on a pitch opportunity with two top agents.
I plan to make a long weekend of it, with my fiancé. I’m really looking forward to attending the fantasy workshop, but the crux of the event, for me, will be the two appointments I have with literary agents. This is my chance to show someone with influence in the publishing industry what I can do. The two agents I’m meeting both deal mainly in children’s stories, and they form the two halves of one literary agency. So I’m planning to pitch each of them one of my children’s series. One lucky agent will learn about The Secret Magicians; the other will get Grail Maiden. Some time between now the June, I must do some serious research into how best to present a pitch!
But first, between now and 24th May, when my pitch packages have to be with the agents, my main focus is going to be on preparing my work to be seen by them. That doesn’t mean that I won’t be doing any other writing – I had an idea for a non-fiction article this morning, which won’t be going on the back burner until then, for instance – but I need to stay mainly focused on editing and improving the first few chapters of each book, and writing the best synopses and cover letters I can manage.
Thankfully, some of that work is already in hand. I’ve written a first draft of my Grail Maiden pitch – and edited it once or twice – with help from both Writing Magazine and the team at NaNoWriMo. Now to do the same for TSM. I’ve also added new Prologues for Books One and Two of Grail Maiden, which I think add an element of conflict and intrigue that was slightly lacking before. I plan to read the first one out to my writing group on Tuesday, and after I’ve edited and improved it from their comments, I’ll post it on the site, so do look out for that – it’ll be coming out this week.
I’ve also recently been inspired to make inroads on the remaining work needed to complete the sequel to Healing the Wounds, titled Claiming the Pearls, which is now more than half drafted; and I’ve even started on a third book in that series, currently called Becoming the Change. And I will soon need to do some more work on my collaborative book, Journey Into the Unknown and Back Again, as the first two chapters are now available online to subscribers (see my previous post for details), and my co-author is keen to get Part 1 (probably the first six chapters) prepared for release in early summer.
So I really don’t have time to be sitting here writing a blog! Thanks for staying with me, and I will try to keep you updated, but with so much to do, it may not be as regular as I’d like.