Anyone want a cold? I am feeling particularly awful because I have been out all day and it is raining. Not the soft gentle rain that everyone loves but that horrible relentless rain that makes everything damp and chills you to the bone.
Not that I can say anything about how I feel. Lachie has had a cold the last few days and I have been saying things like 'it's just a cold' and 'you'll live, you just have to keep going' etc. Hasn't that come back to bite me!! lol
Anyway - I left home at the crack of dawn this morning ... okay ... it was 8am but I rarely am out that early unless I am on my way home from work. I caught a train into Sydney and then another one across the harbour bridge to Milson's Point and after a short walk arrived at the Sydney Writer's Centre. Right on time. Unfortunately the speaker - Geoff Barlett (author of Comedians in the Mist and others) wasn't - he had been caught in traffic and was running 30 minutes late but he finally arrived and we began learning how to get our books published.
I have to say it was fabulous and made it all seem not so scary despite the statistics that say about 90% of all submissions get binned (not literally) and of that 10% maybe 2 will ever be published! I was very fortunate in that almost everyone else was interested in writing children's books, so he often used mine as an example of what to do and say. Luckily I can write fairly fast so I wrote it all down and plan to use some of it when I finally get to approaching a publisher. OMG! I can't believe I am saying that - just the thought of actually doing it is a little terrifying! Especially after he talked about how IF we get published we would have to promote it, interviews with newspapers, radios and horrifyingly, perhaps television! Time to start the diet again!
He talked a lot about how to present yourself to a publisher - about the 'elevator pitch'. Basically this is the selling of your book in about 15 seconds, so if the totally amazing and unlikely happened and you met Steven Speilberg in an elevator, you could pitch your story and hope he was at the very least intrigued enough to want to know more. This will take some refining but it gives me much more idea of what is expected and hopefully lessens the chances of me being in the 30-40% that get rejected after the first couple of sentences. But then - I am also realistic and know I am not going to present them with my sales pitch and have them come rushing. Of course a girl can always dream! *wink*
The good thing abut today is it has given me a renewed desire to get back to my 'journey' and finish it and then start editing and rewriting. Refining it could take for ever but it has to be done and my trusty editor will, I know, help. *angelic smile*
Sitting on the train going in, I was watching the people, most of whom would have been on their way to work and a story started in my head so as I was just waiting to arrive anyway, I wrote it down. If I get a chance tomorrow I will add it on here - remembering it is just something I did while the train was moving!
Arriving home I was cold and tired and not feeling at all like cooking when my darling son called and asked what was for dinner. When I had no idea he suggested pizza - the reason for his call in the first place - and bought it home with him after work. Now that is my kind of cooking. lol
Feeling of the Day: hopeful ... maybe, just maybe there may be a niche somewhere for my book and someone is going to love it and publish it ... finger crossed!
Song of the Day: 'My Baby You' by Mark Anthony ( thank you babe ♥)