Submissions… rejections… acceptances! Here’s a little poem I wrote for all those writers out there who are seeking publishing the traditional way (print rather than e-books). With so many publishing houses folding these days, owing to their Arts Council funding being withdrawn, it’s good to stay positive and keep going. I got a step closer with my first book proposal response the other day, when the editor of Smokestack Books described my work as ‘an interesting idea entertainingly executed’, but went on to say that he couldn’t take on any new clients because of cuts to funding. It’s so sad to hear about cuts, cuts, cuts :(. But a writer keeps writing. Maybe we’ll ride out this tsunami and enjoy the calm sea afterwards!

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About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has written four novels, including award-winning ghost horror, The Blue Man, as well as three poetry collections. Her writing confronts the nature of self; her novels feature main characters on a dark psychological journey who have a crisis of identity and create a new sense of being. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry. In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing literary journal with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from publishing pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary lad, a voracious reader of sea monster books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

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