I haven’t posted on here for ages, mainly because I’ve been pouring my energies into the final draft of my novel, which, anti-climactically, I’ve finally finished. After roughly three years and seven months, the thing is done. I’m not entirely sure what to do with it now. I have another meeting with the Scottish Book Trust in a couple of weeks, to discuss the next stage of the NWA support, but otherwise I feel slightly bereft. I suppose now begins the even more difficult task of trying to get the book published, but so frustrating and humiliating is that process that I doubt I’ll be posting eager updates on it – unless of course Canongate or Jonathan Cape enter into a frenzied bidding war to give me a ten-book contract and an eight figure advance. Which will almost definitely happen …

Other than that I’ve surprised myself by writing two poems which don’t make me want to poke my eyes out with embarrassment and disgust, and I’ve tricked myself into starting another novel by pretending that I’m just writing a short story. So far, I haven’t figured out the deception. More on that as and when it takes shape.

Speaking of Jonathan Cape, they should be sending me a copy of the new Martin Amis book to review, so as soon as I have that safely read, and reread, I’ll post my thoughts about it. Until then, thanks for reading.


One thought on “Anti-climax

  1. CTW

    I, too, have finished my novel — the second draft, actually. And I’m told that’s the easy part! I have about a dozen test readers looking at it and giving me valuable feedback, and a few technical consultants looking at sections to make sure I don’t make any Dan Brown-style errors of fact.

    It’s exciting, though, to finally be done, isn’t it? My book is 417 pages. Whew.


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