Writer in Training


Writer in Training

Week One

I'm now one week into my Unbound campaign to fund my book. I've raised 13% of the target so far which I think is pretty good progress for a week. I can't pretend that I'm okay with it though. The last week has been an emotional rollercoaster. I swing from euphoria to disbelief to absolute misery. You see, I can't quite believe it all. Everything has happened so quickly that I haven't really had time to get my head around it all. I wrote a guest post for writing blog, On the Write Track. You can find it here, if you'd like to read it: http://blog.write-track.co.uk/writers/building-an-audience-as-an-unpublished-author/

Seeing my name on a site that I think so highly of, seeing myself referred to as an author, that has been euphoria-inducing. I am an author! I feel like I have finally found the thing that I was made to do. Unfortunately, that was followed by a crash; Who am I kidding? I'm not an author! I don't know what I'm doing!

In regards to pledges, I've seen some support from unexpected places and I have been moved to tears by it. I also not had the response I expected from some of my communities. That has hurt a little. I know that there are people waiting for payday (if you ever plan a crowd-funding project like this, you might want to take that into account!) so I know that I should see some more activity around then, and I know that those people support me. There are definitely some people in my communities that are less interested than I expected. Defintiely something for the lessons learned post at the end of this process.

This week I have been without Wi-Fi for a few days which was torture. It's also left me chasing my tail a little to catch up. What a fickle friend the internet is! Of course, that did give me time to work on the second draft, which is coming along nicely. It wouldn't do to forget that there is actually a book at the end of all of this!

I had my first review for the British Fantasy Society published this week. You can read it here: http://www.britishfantasysociety.org/reviews/the-celt-in-the-machine-by-philip-emery-ebook-review/ so it's been a very public week which is something that I'm not at all used to.

The other day, I mentioned that I had submitted Pyramid to Fantasy and Science Fiction magazine. I received a swift rejection. So my tally at the moment is 1 acceptance: 10 rejections. One of these days I will have work published in F&SF, I am sure of it, but that day has yet to come.