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.


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!


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. 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: https://mailchi.mp/75c5a1ad6956/leilanie-stewart-author-info

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