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 With so many publishing houses folding these days, owing to their Arts Council funding being withdrawn, it’s good to stay positive and keep going.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. Her writing centres around protagonists who are on a journey of self-discovery and who explore their identity by overcoming adversity. 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 ezine, with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from literary pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of construction vehicle books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

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