Diary of a Newbie Novelist

By JaneIsaac Diary of a Newbie Novelist, Submissions Comments Off on Diary of a Newbie Novelist

Late March 2011

How can we tell if our manuscript is ready for submission?

If writing is re-writing and editing, then there is an argument that it is never ending, that there is always some prose that could be improved upon. But I guess you have to end somewhere.

By the end of March, my Agent called me up to say my novel was ready for submission. Exciting times… He would send it to the major UK publishing houses on my behalf, with the synopsis of the sequel. He was intent on selling the series.

I’ll admit I was nervous. I wasn’t following the trend in crime fiction. I had spent hours, days, months, years even, studying creative writing and specialist crime fiction, deconstructing favourite novels, avidly working out what I liked/disliked. In my psychological thriller I worked hard to avoid the alcohol obsessed, divorced lead Detective, replacing it with a strong female protagonist who battles with the demands of a busy job and single parenting teenage sons. Plus, I always wanted to write a page turner, avoiding the lull that occasionally creeps in, during the middle segment. So I chose to write the novel through several points of view. Would it work? And more importantly, would it satisfy a potential reader?

My Agent, on the other hand, was confident. As a large, London based Agency he only submits to select major publishing houses. He expected a positive response.

We would know the results within a month. This was my chance. And I was literally on tenterhooks…


Jane Isaac is very much a Newbie, she doesn’t even have a website yet (one day…) and with a day job, a family and a very demanding black Labrador, she squeezes her writing into every spare moment she gets. Join her on the rocky road from pen to publication – hopefully!

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