Demons

Writers are used to rejection. (Here’s a collection of woe-is-me turned wow stories. There’s  this, or even this one are all relevant to the great wheel of rejection) Where ever a writer might be on the career scale, best seller or new to the market there is still rejection. It comes with the job. The story might be brilliant but just doesn’t fit an editor’s requirement; the novel might require more attention to point of view, or it’s on the wrong slush pile.

It’s a gated flow system, which often loops on itself. (It’s something they don’t tell you in workshops or courses.) Getting to acceptance generally involves: Gate one: Drafts. Gate two: Edits.  Gate three: Does it fit? Gate four: Will it sell?  Gates five onward once you get the contract. Yes, there are more beyond signing with a publisher or agent. For every gate you get past you realise your work is improving, but in balance the drop is harder. As more join the chorus of support for your work you allow yourself to believe a little more – even as you know there still might be a ‘no’ in the system.

For the past year I’ve had such a project. It’s been fun working in a world which eventually stumbled over something beyond my control. I’ve grown as a writer because of it, and it’s the main reason why my blog has been so quiet.

Whenever a rejection comes it raises demons: self-doubt, anger, frustration. Every writer has answers for these demImage of a demon, red beast with fangs and spines.oralising monsters. So close, yet so far. My demons have been busy this last month going above expectation with unhelpful advice and distractions. It takes a while for the doubt to die. But it does. Answers come if you know that you have done the work. It allows you to understand that some rejections are outside of your influence. Knowing that there are other authors out there who have mourned their own losses makes you realise it is not the end.

It’s not wasted; no work is ever wasted.  No matter how good the work and how many promises are made. Sometimes the answer is still no. My demons have become tolerated strays, and I know what to feed them to get them to shut the hell up.

These types of setbacks are part of the learning curve, yet they really do blindside you. Get used to it. Life’s not fair. Opportunity doesn’t knock in publishing. Sometimes you have to kick its door down, figuratively of course.

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RJ Barker Interview

I had the honour of interviewing RJ Barker for SFFWorld a couple of weeks ago. He’s a fab person and his energy comes through in his work.

Subjectively Age of Assassins fell short for me, in one majorly minor way having lived all my life in the shadow of someone who is disabled. Much in the same way FTL gets in the way of other peoples read, my little grumble would cast shade over what is a fast fun read for the majority.

It does address the call for diverse books, perhaps not in the way some intend. Reading between the lines I suspect more will be addressed as the series progresses. Patience, as the say is a virtue and I look forward to seeing where RJ takes the reader next.

The whole of my interview with RJ Barker is over on SFFWORLD for you to read.

 

 

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Review, Nik Korpon’s The Rebellion’s Last Traitor

There was so much about this book that worked for me, not only the way Nik Korpon dealt with his world building, but the way his characters reacted to the world. Like all Angry Robot books, I found this a deliciously refreshing step outside of the expected, without being too off the wall and unfamiliar.
Strongly Recommend! Book Cover of The Rebellion's Last Traitor
You can read my full review here:
SFF World Review, Nik Korpon’s The Rebellion’s Last Traitor

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Review Anne Corelett’s The Space Between The Stars

Cover of The Space Between the Stars.

An engaging novel, The Space Between The Stars is something I would happily recomend to my non-SFF friends. Those who regularly read the genre I think would find the science fiction of this novel too removed.

You can read the full review here. SFF World Review, Anne Corelett’s The Space Between The Stars

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Interview with Suzanne Jackson

Not to be confused with a bodice ripper, Suzanne Jackson’s Beguiler merges dragons, magic and a love story.

Read the whole interview here

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