Hello everyone, long time no see.
I think it’s fair to say that it’s been a while…
So after having scanned through my previous posts, I noticed that the last update I gave regarding my life or my writing was around February of this year. Talk about a spontaneous prolonged hiatus…
During that post I mentioned that I had self-published The Wanderer Chronicles: Volume One and that I had been applying for a dream course doing an MA in unspecified subject. Things didn’t quite go to plan, but I’ll cover that in the paragraphs below.
Not going to plan may have been a strong way to describe the launch of my first ever published novel. Things have actually gone reasonably well, or at least as well as I could have hoped for from my debut novel, given my relative obscurity in the world of writing.
As far as I’m aware looking at my sales figures, I haven’t lit the world on fire with the book, in fact I’d describe it more as barely treading water in the grand scheme of things, but I’m still pleased as punch that people, even just a few, have bought and read my book.
A bigger positive that I’ve taken away from the whole process is the amount of people I’ve had tell me that they enjoyed reading it. I even had a few people tell me they felt genuinely empty at the end after the journey they’d been on with the characters. That kind of reaction I could have only dreamed about it beforehand, but now it’s something for me to cherish.
Another win and a huge learning curve I’ve had to overcome and defeat was seeking to get my book into a physical store and available to buy in person.
After a while I finally found a place that I thought was the perfect fit for my book and I bit the bullet and contacted them. This was a fantastic decision and after two meetings with them, they agreed to sell my book in their store. Again, I haven’t lit the world on fire, but the fact it’s even available at all in an actual bookshop blows my mind. For anyone who is interested, the store is called The Rabbit Hole and can be found in Brigg.
If someone had told me years ago that this would have been happening, I would have told them they were insane.
Another win I’ve managed to gain and learn from was when I approached my local library and enquired about getting my book housed inside. After a meeting and some email correspondence, I was given the go ahead.
So now, not only do I have a book in a physical bookstore, but I also have it stored in an actual library.
Life is a crazy thing at times!
Now to tackle the dream course I mentioned earlier.
Well, it never ended up happening as my submission got lost in the shuffle and it wasn’t until I prodded them for the second time via email stating that I was getting worried that I hadn’t heard anything, that I finally found out.
I won’t name which University it was, but I will say that the error stopped me getting a fair shot at taking part in a MA in Screenwriting.
Out of this negativity dawned a new opportunity though, that I threw myself into headfirst. This time around, I was applying for a MA in Creative Writing at my previous University, the University of Lincoln.
As I was hoping to study Screenwriting with the first course, I was only allowed to submit screenplays, but this time around I was able to submit some of my prose fiction as part of my application. This seemingly did the job as I was accepted.
As I currently sit writing this, I’m about seven weeks into the course and so far, I’m thoroughly enjoying it.
During one of the first modules I’ve been distinctly out of my comfort zone, having been made to write and read a lot of poetry, which could not be any more alien to me.
I’ve just had my first assignment in and thankfully I’ve submitted that off reasonably confidently, though what I’m most excited about is the little bit extra free time the assignment being handed in will provide me.
That pretty much covers everything about the previous post, and we’re now back into the present.
Aside from University projects I haven’t been sitting idly by, I’ve been working on the sequel to The Wanderer Chronicles with Volume Two. This is a direct pick up for those of you who have read Volume One, and I hope to keep people equally as pleased with this second outing as they were with the first.
Admittedly, the fact people have read the first and enjoyed it has given me a crazy amount of pressure with this one. Though it is self-inflicted pressure, it’s still caused me a little anxiety. I’m happy to say that I’m probably about three-quarters of the way through the book and after the edit, I’ll hopefully be able to release it too.
I’m excited for everyone to finally read it and I’m eager to know what people think about it.
Overall, 2018 was a good year for me. It could have been better, but it could have been so, so much worse so I’m very pleased with how it went. Moving forward into the coming year I’m hoping to release The Wanderer Chronicles: Volume Two and hopefully graduate University with a MA in Creative Writing. I have a few other things planned too, but I won’t go into those here just right now. I don’t want to tempt fate and shut down any potential that I have to make the plans a reality.
Oh, also, before I close off this post, if any of you have Facebook and would be interested in supporting me or keeping up to date with my goings on regarding projects and just life in general, then I have a Facebook author page dedicated to just that. Just click here and you can go to the page and give it a like.
If you stuck around until the end then thank you for your time, and I hope that you have a fantastic rest of your week.