Someone who came to the launch of My Writer and bought a copy for the young son of a friend of hers (whom I have never met), came into the Day Job yesterday with a message from the young son. Jilly - when is the sequel coming out? Sequel? What sequel would that be then? Talk about lighting the way through the endless Blank Page dunes of Writersblocksville! Suddenly a whole new bunch of possibilities came to me. Yeah - why not? A professional editor who read the book in my trying-to-seek-a-publisher-or-agent phase came back to me with two very important points. The first point she made was "I love the twist - this book will be published". The next was the suggestion that I take the Creative Writing Academy thread in the book and build a whole series from there - looking at a different character and using a different genre for each consecutive story, whilst keeping the original characters in the background. Thinking about this, I came up with ideas for maybe six sequels - possibly even more! But in order to make that work I need to find an agent, or indeed a publisher, who is prepared to take a leap of faith with my writing. I very much doubt I could afford to fund them all myself. So we shall have to see. At least the feedback I am getting is positive! Bit like me really.
Yesterday I physically took a copy of My Writer into Waterstones and left it, along with my About The Author sheet, with the manager there, who came out of her lunch break to speak to this persistent unknown local author who has been blighting her life for the past couple of months. She has promised we will get together again the week after next after her holiday to look at the possibilities. So fingers crossed.
You see - never ever give up! Catch you later.