So, April started out pretty hunkydory with a taste of international TV stardom.
If I were writing this post back then, I could probably have predicted that something crap would almost certainly come along to take the wind out of my sails.
And I would have been right.
You might remember that I recently submitted the first draft of my children’s novel to a professional editing agency after five years of tinkering with it periodically.
Well, a couple of weeks ago I got my feedback. High level feedback was generally positive, apparently I can string words together competently.
Unfortunately, however, the lady who provided the very thorough, helpful and – dare I say scathing – feedback, just couldn’t bring herself to buy into my plot.
Comparing my efforts negatively to Enid Blyton’s works throughout, it is her belief that children aged 7-9 today aren’t interested in magical holiday adventures where not everything is as it seems. Nor are publishers interested in this kind of story at present apparently.
This makes me sad for them.
Of course, I made the absolutely fatal mistake of inserting an Enid Blyton quote on a prefix page of the submitted draft.
I’m kicking myself, as this set the tone for everything that followed.
Trust me to get assigned an editor from the Enid Blyton PC brigade. My own childhood was defined by her books in the 80s but unfortunately this is no longer acceptable reading.
The comments about Blyton in reference to my book were honestly so harsh that I’m left wondering whether I can trust the feedback as balanced in terms of what I actually presented for review.
Or perhaps I’m just grasping at straws and I should accept this advice.
On the plus side, there are a few easy fixes that I can make to the plot here and there, but I’m left wondering what, if anything, to do next with this work as minor changes won’t change its core storyline.
Should I spend more time on it? I believe in the story’s basic strengths as a fantastical adventure, but it’s so hard to take a step back.
I’m quite open to self-publishing if it means I can reach a niche audience. Superstardom at this point is not essential!
Despite it all, I’m glad of the independent professional feedback received. I’m just a bit disappointed that my imaginary world wasn’t a hit with this particular editor.
And so April trundled on with me trying to convince myself not to throw in the towel with writing altogether…..