My roller coaster journey of writing! by Rose McClelland
I am thrilled that one of my favourite authors, Rose McClelland has taken time out of her busy day to join me now and give some insight into her writing journey ahead of the launch of her new novel, Under Your Skin.
Hi Val and thanks so much for having me on your blog today 😊 Thank you also for asking about my writing journey. It has more ups and downs than a fairground rollercoaster! I thought I’d depict my writing journey in easy-to-read bullet points below.
- Sent synopsis and first 3 chapters of my first novel “Bottoms Up” to agents.
UP – First agent replied asking to see the full book!
UP– Another 2 agents also asked to see the full book!
DOWN – All 3 agents suggested I should write “something more commercial”.
- Wrote another book called “The Break-Up Test”. Submitted the book to a carefully selected agent who I thought might like it.
UP – Agent responded straight away asking to see the full book.
UP – Agent signed me up the next day!
- Agent submitted the book to 11 publishers.
DOWN – None of the publishers signed the book up.
- Agent suggested I carry on and write another book.
- I wrote “How to Look Like You”.
- I discovered other publishers via social media and I submitted “The Break up Test”.
UP – Publisher asked to see the full book!
UP – Publisher sent me a publishing contract!
UP – Publisher also published my second book – “How to Look Like You”.
You get the gist? The ups and downs just keep happening. It is exciting, scary, exhilarating, nerve-wrecking, wonderful and awful all at the same time. But the minute you get off the ride, you just want to have another go!
“Under Your Skin” is Rose’s fourth novel. Her previous three novels were romantic fiction published by Crooked Cat. She has made the genre jump from “chick lit” to psychological thriller and is enjoying delving into a darker corner of her mind!
Rose has also written two short plays which were performed in the Black Box theatre in Belfast.
She discusses book reviews on her You Tube channel and writes theatre reviews for her blog.
She loves nothing more than curling up with her cats and a good book. She has two rescue cats – Toots, who is ginger with an inquisitive face and Soots, who is black and hops along on his 3 legs looking ever so cute.
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