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 a novelist and poet. Her debut novel, Gods of Avalon Road was published by Blossom Spring Publishing in October 2019 and her second novel, The Buddha's Bone is forthcoming in October 2021. Leilanie has also published three poetry collections: The Redundancy of Tautology (Cyberwit, 2021); Chemotherapy for the Soul (Fowlpox Press, 2017); A Model Archaeologist (Eyewear Publishing, 2015) and two self-published pamphlets: Toebirds and Woodlice (Meandi Books, 2012); Metamorphosis of Woman (Meandi Books, 2012), satirical novella Zombie Reflux (Meandi Books, 2014) and surreal novelette, Til Death do us Boneapart (Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, 2017). Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in Belfast with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of educational books. Literary blog: https://leilaniestewart.com/ Meandi Books: http://meandibooks.bigcartel.com/ Bindweed Magazine: https://bindweedmagazine.wordpress.com/

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