Posted on January 26, 2008 - by MG
So I’ve been shamelessly urging my friends to go buy a copy (or more!) of “The Joshua Files – Invisible City”. Of course! Can’t expect the publishers do do all the leg work…and friends and family have to be the first enthusiasts.
I was particularly touched by my good friend Debbie Simpson and her daughter Ellie (pictured above), who bought a little stack which I signed for them in our local Costa. Debbie told me how she’d watched the whole process – starting with me saying I was going to write a novel when I broke my leg, all the way through to publishers making offers for the title, with increasing amazement.
“I was worried for you at first, because when you broke your leg and decided you were going to try to get a book deal, I was scared that you’d be disappointed…”
Now she tells me!
“…and then I started to see how determined you were…and then last year when you showed me the stuff the publishers gave you when they made their offers…I was so excited, I could feel my heart racing…I thought this is really the start of something…!”
Well I had my doubts on the way too, like all first-time writers. You can never know that you’re going to get your book published. You can only know how far you’re prepared to go to get the deal.
I have to say I was pretty determined; I would have gone on for at least another year – full time. Here’s a secret – I was prepared to write four manuscripts before I gave up.
I really admire people who’ll work even harder than that. They do exist!