Diary of a Newbie Novelist – Mark 2

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  1. Still a Newbie?

If you’ve been around for a while, you might remember my first round of Diary of a Newbie Novelist posts when I blogged here about the ups and downs of bringing my debut novel, which was eventually published by Rainstorm Press in February 2012, to publication. Having been a member of Newbie Writers since 2007 when I started my very first creative writing course with the Writers Bureau, it seemed a fitting place for me to come back and share my experiences.

So, with one book already published, am I still a Newbie?

Hmmm. Interesting question. Yes, I’ve learnt a huge amount over the past years. I’ve gone from a writer that shied away from social media to embracing Twitter, Facebook, having a website designed and writing a regular blog. But am I any wiser?

I chose the traditional route with my first book although, as an unagented writer with an independent publishing house, none of my books are commissioned. So, when I finished my second novel in December 2012 I did some research and had some decisions to make.

The truth is, the publishing industry is constantly changing and frankly I’m not sure if I’ll ever be confident where my position lies in it all. It’s a bit like reaching the bottom of the ladder, possibly even gaining a footing, but still having a long reach to connect with the next rung. Would I make it?

Over the course of this week, I’ll be sharing my second route to publication – and what a journey that was! I do hope you’ll join me and share your own experiences along the way.

Coming tomorrow – choosing the route to publication.


Jane Isaac is author of An Unfamiliar Murder and The Truth Will Out. With a day job, a family and a very demanding black Labrador, she squeezes her writing into every spare moment she gets. You can catch up with her at www.janeisaac.co.uk

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