|I'm a free lance, gimme funding or else!|
So to further update you on my ‘multiple publishing disorder’: my second crime novel, THE OPERATOR is the sequel to THE ROTTING SPOT which is out in paperback with an independent publisher but on kindle as a self-pub indie. The new book’s progress seems to reflect the way things are going in publishing just now placing the Electric Author in a pole (or lance) position. The first book did well considering it’s with a small publisher - endorsed by two mega successful crime writers, won an award, shortlisted for another one, etc etc. This time I thought I’d have another go at the agent->big publisher route. Well, I’ve had three agents in the past who didn’t manage to sell my books, and I know my multi-genre approach isn’t too popular, but I had introductions to several agents via one of said crime megastars, agents who expressed themselves keen to see the book, in fact one of them approached me first. Net result, nothing. Not even a ‘no’. Just nothing going on for so long it’s clearly an implied rejection. Then a lovely rejection from another agent I tried, who loved the writing but couldn’t see how she could place either THE OPERATOR or LYDIA BENNET’S BLOG. Crime is a competitive market apparently. Anyway, there’s still one agent who seemed interested and hasn’t got back to me, could this be a possible yes or another ‘silent no’. In the meantime, I thought, I’ll submit it to smaller crime publishers. One after another, either they too won’t look without an agent or they’ve got ‘submissions closed until further notice’ or ‘our schedule is full for the foreseeable future’ on their websites. Another door closes. (My previous publisher is not publishing novels any more.)
So it’s beginning to look like THE OPERATOR will be another indie, and I don’t find myself too depressed about that. I’m already having ideas about the cover, and this time I may venture into the new formatting minefield of Createspace for the paperback.
ALL THAT LIVES, my latest poetry collection, for kindle. Poetry is not easy, and worse, my book features a form of my poetry installation film SLICING THE BRAIN’s version of the sequence THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING BRAIN, where words vanish from a poem as it dwindles, changing form and meaning to reflect the process of dementia. This piece has been widely praised and has moved many who have seen it in exhibitions in London, Newcastle, and a festival in Berlin. I’ve been in formatting hell trying to find ways to create whitespace between words, sometimes many spacebar beats long, which will not be lost or changed on kindle. I may have to learn yet another technique and embed screen grabs as jpegs... but this will now have to wait for Lydia’s relaunch! At the same time, someone has rustled my Quantum Sheep project and claimed the idea for their own... Why is life so complicated?!
But it is life, and very precious and precarious, so I shall grab my lance and ride off on my continuing adventure into Electricland. To battle, comrades! In this context if not elsewhere, we are not April Fools, we are survivors!