Wow, it seems like only yesterday that I was writing my last Life Cycle post, telling you all how my writing had slowed right down and how life had, as it always seems to, got in the way of things.
Whilst this is still very much true, I have made huge progress with my latest WiP. And I have the RNA conference to thank for that.
I attended the RNA conference this year, in London, and, as always, it was FANTASTIC! I loved every minute of it (well, maybe not the throat infection part and losing my voice, but the rest was huge fun!) Every year I attend the conferences, I always come home feeling hugely inspired and raring to go. The talks and workshops are amazingly informative and full of inspiration and self belief, the evenings are full of laughter and friendship and the atmosphere is something like I’ve never experienced anywhere else. However, this year, there was one difference for me. I actually got involved with the conference from a participants point of view – myself and my fellow Romaniacs presented all conference goers with the opportunity to speak about themselves and their writing, on camera, in our Romaniac Sparkle Corner. It was incredibly popular and not only did we fill all our slots, but we squeezed some additional people in as and when we could to help satisfy the interest. It was incredible! It was so lovely to give something back to the RNA and all our supporters – I hope everyone who took part (and those who watched/shared the videos) all enjoyed it.
Another thing I came away with from this years conference was self belief and motivation. And I suppose this was another difference to this years conference – I had some one-to-one industry appointment’s. For those who are not aware of what this is, this is a chance to meet an editor/agent on a one-to-one basis for a 10 minute ‘pitch’ with them. These are invaluable and they give us writers the chance to meet and ‘sell ourselves’ to some huge names in the business. I had always been too scared to apply for a slot in previous years but this year I just went for it – and I am so glad I did. I had two meetings and both were incredibly positive and encouraging. They made me believe in myself and my work and gave me huge hope for the future. I came away thinking, I CAN do this!
So I made a plan. I rang my agent and we discussed this plan. And now I am working to make this plan happen! This includes quite a re-write of my latest novel, however, it will *hopefully* make the novel more appealing to publishers. Both my one-to-one appointments gave me some very good advice on where my novel needed to be and so I am taking their advice and reshaping it.
At first I was a little frustrated and thought, not another edit, however, as writers, we have to be prepared to do as many edits as it takes to get it right.
You only get one chance to make a first impression when submitting to publishers – I need to make sure it is a damn good one!
So it’s back to the desk for me and an overhaul on the book, but it will be worth it. Hopefully my next Life Cycle round up will be a little more exciting.
Watch this space…
3 thoughts on “Life Cycle of a Writer – Lucie”
Edits – argh. But, as you say, if its all part of a plan they don;t seem so daunting. The conference was great – the highlight being the Romaniacs video session (!) I had a couple of 1:1’s, just to see what was ‘out there’. Having self published three books and been my own mistress for so long, I’m not sure if I’m ready to go through the submission rigmarole again. Time will tell, one agent wants to see a rough synopsis and a couple of chapters of my next one. Maybe I will send it to her . . .
I am so glad you had such a lovely conference, too, and great news about the submission. Good luck!
Lovely post, Lucie.
I missed the conference this year – you’re story highlights just how great it is for zizzing us up!