…and what they most definitely DO NOT want. After our second Brit Writers’ Awards Publishing Programme group meeting, I think I can say on behalf of all the participants, we are on fire! The meeting was jam-packed with information from ‘those in the know’, who gave us an inside view of the publishing industry. Fantastic organisation BWA, incidentally. I don’t know how you managed it. It was awesome. Pure magic.
So, OK, some of the speakers—excellent speakers—reiterated what those of us who have been around for a while might already know, but the further insight… Let’s just say it got the adrenalin pumping. Why on earth someone like the inspired CEO of the Britwriters hasn’t come along before to offer such well put together programmes is beyond me. Apart from helping writers to get it right (and I’m not just talking punctuation, grammar and presentation here, as all-important as they might be. I’m talking writing that sizzles. Writing that says READ ME!), surely the spin off will be less rubbish on the slush piles—in my humble opinion anyhow.
From a personal pov, I have spent a small fortune enlisting the help of editors to try to get my own writing as right as it can be. They have been good, excellent, in fact. One lady I hold in very high-esteem and will continue to use. With the help of the Britwriters though, I truly believe I have found that crucial missing ingredient. And…big news…I sat down yesterday and whammed out a one page synopsis. Oh, scintillating, I hear you yawn. Actually, it is big. HUGE. I write books. I weep over synopses. I’ve read every piece of information there is on the subject and I just could not do it. Britwriters haven’t shown me how, so much as got my mind totally focussed. My story flows, ergo does my synopsis. Whatever they are doing, it is doing it for me. Oh, and I’m speaking in public much more confidently, too. I’m not sure mine is quite there yet, but some of those pitches yesterday, like WOW!
Now, hopefully, I won’t have to sell a kidney in order to get my work into shape in future. I just need to grow an extra set of hands so I can get all these demanding ideas going around in my head down on paper.
To sum up, we are going to get published, because we are going to give publishers what they REALLY want. Do I hear a collective sigh of relief from the publishing industry?