Monday, 6 January 2014

Still Nothin'

You might remember last Thursday I made a blog post about how I had been approached and asked to sign a publishing agreement, which I then signed. For those not in the know, I submitted a proposal on a freelance writing site asking for people who wanted their works published. After a few weeks I got a message back from them asking to see some of my work and I sent them a copy of The Beast. They asked me to edit it and so I did, and resubmitted it. They asked me to sign a publishing agreement and so I did. I was super excited at the time but now it seems that the congratulations may have been a little premature.

After everyone was asking when it was going to be published I decided to drop them a message asking that very question. I also had a few of my own for them so took the chance. I still haven't heard back from them and it's been nearly a week now. Before now they would generally get back to me in a few hours. I must say I am a little worried that even though I've signed a legally binding contract, things might not work out the way they're supposed to. I did read all the contract thoroughly so it's not like anything bad could happen, but I find it odd they seem to have just disappeared without telling me when they plan to publish something.

I'll keep writing Immortal Space and if I've not heard back from them by the time it's done (which will be a few months) then the whole thing is definitely a write off. Should that be the case then I'll try submitting Immortal Space to actual publishers. Self publishing is nice and easy but unfortunately I don't really have the userbase to do it. I'm going to have to go about this the "right" way and become some publisher's bitch one way or the other.

Frankly I'd like my first experience with a publisher to be a nice and productive one. I'll keep you informed of course.

11 comments:

  1. I hope you hear back from them soon Mark. Keep us posted!

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  2. UGH, that sucks that they are being non-responsive for whatever reason. I really do hope it works out, though, if not with them, then with someone else. best of luck!

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  3. eh, keep yourself busy...it was over new years...plenty of people are on vacation...dont let it kill your momentum....

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  4. I'd like your first experience to be a positive one too but you've seen the kinds of things that happened to us. In the writing world, that's common. Send them a message, never hear back. Or just take forever to reply. It seems they always take on more than they can handle, so they could just be insanely busy. Either way - good luck! Especially with Immortal Space.

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  5. You've already put enough effort into Immortal Space for it to be quite a lengthy novel. Even if seeking a publisher proves more trouble than it's worth, the volume alone is pretty damn impressive.

    And, I think Brian Miller's comment makes sense. New Year's was just last week, so they could be trying to make up for lost time at the moment.

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  6. Well, I think if they wanted to blow you off they wouldn't have signed you to a contract... though it is kind of a mystery as to why they suddenly stopped responding. Might try researching them on the internets and see if anything comes up...

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  7. Well it is the New Year, things have a tendency to be ridiculously swamped at this time. Don't worry too much about it.

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  8. Don't let that get you down...you've been doing a good job with the stories.
    Keep going.

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  9. What a bumma not hearing anything more

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  10. I hope they will contact you! The writing industry is really hard to get into, so congrats for even getting through those first few stages! They clearly are interested in your work. Hopefully they will go through with it. Good luck! Be sure to keep us posted!!!

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  11. I know here people are still getting back into routines after the christmas break, they might just be playing catch up

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