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Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Sacrificial Manuscripts

I recently read a very amusing, well written and thought provoking blog
by Erica at
Hypothetically Speaking

It really got me thinking about the idea that our first manuscript is likely to be just the warm-up piece for greater things to come and is therefore not destined to get accepted. The next novel, on the other hand, will have benefitted from all the mistakes and brain flexing you did while writing your first MS and is more likely to get published as a result.

Okay, so as Erica says, everyone sights the likes of J.K.Rowling, but didn't she spend 7 years researching and planning her work before she started actually writing the first book?

Then there's Doris Lessing who admitted that after she’d had a few novels successfully published she decided to send in a MS to her publisher and others under a pseudonym and it was rejected? Then she resubmitted it in her own name it was accepted!

I've been writing a chick lit novel and I'm beginning to wonder whether this is only my warm-up piece. Yikes!

Magnum Opus, here I come!