Pitching face to face with a publisher

A few months ago I pitched face to face with a mid-tier publisher in NSW, Australia. The publisher in question was Allen & Unwin, an independent publisher that I have always dreamed of getting published by. I used to get butterflies just thinking about them. I mentioned about getting ready for the pitch in an earlier post, so I thought it was about time that I share the ‘9 things … Continue reading Pitching face to face with a publisher

How to successfully query a literary agent

I was initially going to call this blog ‘How it feels to be rejected by literary agents’, but that’s super depressing, why not focus on the positive this time? My novel, Mesmerise, has been officially rejected (since last friday) by the grand total of five literary agents I was able to query it with. Most of my initial queries were actually successful, and (another bonus) I learned heaps of … Continue reading How to successfully query a literary agent

When you try to write instagram poetry

 I’m going on an Instagram craze at the moment, and have tried to write some ‘instapoems’ for my instagram @millyschmidt. WARNING – these are the first I’ve ever done so I hope they aren’t too atrocious. And just so you know, it’s summer in Australia, which is why some of my poems are all sun, surf & sand. I also thought I’d keep in theme with my blog and add a cat gif I think is most appropriate for each poem… lol #crazycatlady

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The nine stages of blogging

There are around 65 million bloggers on WordPress – and god knows how many more that use other platforms. But no matter which one you use, it’s most likely that every single one of you go through the following nine stages (and if you don’t I bow down to you oh holy one):

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The nine stages of #thewriterslife

There comes a time when every writer needs to step back and see what a #writerslife looks like from the outside – and yes it looks like cats.

Be warned, these stages can come in any order, you can be in the middle of number 6 when suddenly inspiration strikes and you’re back at number 1. Number 2 might not actually exist and number 9 can strike at any time.

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The nine stages of waiting to hear back from a publisher

You’ve done it. 630 hours later and you’re ready to send your perfectly polished masterpiece off to the Big 5 (or the Small 254). But what happens next isn’t pretty… 1) Hitting the Send Button   2) Galloping around the house once you submit your masterpiece   3) Keeping yourself busy as you wait #3MonthsLater   4) Trying not to tell everyone that you’ve submitted … Continue reading The nine stages of waiting to hear back from a publisher

What your editor goes through

So on not so good authority, this is totally what your editor (and beta-reader) goes through while editing your novel for the first time. Spare a somber thought for those who do it for free. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. This first line is insanely awesome! I believe anything can happen #lovelife   Oh dear shit just got real. But spelling and … Continue reading What your editor goes through

The nine stages of writing your novel

There’s nothing quite like a cat to illustrate what writers really look like while writing a novel. Be warned!! So at the very beginning, you usually wake up in the middle of the night with the idea of a life time… It doesn’t take long before you’re super confident and eager to get your story down on paper, sweet! But… you don’t quite get why it’s so hard And then it hits … Continue reading The nine stages of writing your novel