So life seems to be very up and down at the moment, particularly with getting published. I've found out that The Follow is coming out in early to mid December, later than i thought but still well in time for Christmas, which is good news.
Also, i have a story in the Dark Pages anthology which is out now, and another one in the upcoming Brit Grit Too, presented by the reknowned Paul D Brazill.
The bad news, however, really sucks.
Having been unable to sell When Good Men Do Nothing, my agents, LBA, have decided that as it's the second time they've tried to sell one of my novels and it hasn't quite made it, that they no longer feel that our business relationship is viable.
They said that although they think i'm a brilliant writer, they can't seem to convince the publishing houses of this and as such i should seek representation elsewhere and they won't be open to any future submissions from me.
Somehow they've managed to make me feel guilty because my novel didn't sell.
I understand why they've done it; there's no point trying to keep selling an author who isn't quite ticking all the boxes in the current publishing climate, and an agent is only as good as the last book they submitted.
It's still a massive kick in the teeth though, and i'm struggling to see any rays of light in the traditional publishing world right now.
So for the moment i'll be concentrating on the books i'm releasing with Trestle Press, and working my moobs off trying to promote and sell The Follow.
I will also be working on a couple of novels that are part way through, but to be honest it's hard to feel motivated to write or get inspired when the big boys in the business keep knocking you back.
Had i submitted WGMDN a few years ago it would have been snapped up, but nowadays it's not enough to write a good novel, you have to, well, i'm not actually sure. If anyone knows the answer do let me know because it's starting to chew me up inside...