What with all my recent magazine publications and correspondence with editors on forthcoming poetry collections and book length stories (more on these in upcoming posts!) I have neglected to write an update on the status of my novel publishing ventures! Last year I wrote a post on having my full manuscript requested by a UK publisher, which you can read here. After many months of perusing my novel, the editor made the decision not to take it on.

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The feedback I got was really encouraging – I’ve included a couple of nice rejection letters from publishers that considered my work, which for an author is always better than receiving a form letter!

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At the moment I’m working on my next novel, which is quite different from the literary one above.  A writer always takes rejections in their stride and keeps working on their next project. Traditional publishing can be slow, often taking many months to hear a response. For an author who isn’t going the DIY route and self publishing (I’ve done that too and whilst fun to have total control of your work, there just aren’t enough hours in the day for promotion!) it’s best to write-on!

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: https://mailchi.mp/17e6ca162ff3/leilanie-stewart-author

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