I can’t quite believe I’m writing this post and, consequently, I’m not entirely sure how to begin. I’m struggling for calm professionalism whilst, all the while, I simply want to do a silly dance (however unlikely that might be!) and repeatedly yell “yes, yes, yes!” like Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally (okay, not quite like Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally.)
Legend Press — a youthful, dynamic publisher with an excellent reputation — has accepted my novel, If I Never.
I’ve admired Tom and the Legend team’s work for quite a while. I’ve heard only good things about them (from writers, no less, a notoriously difficult-to-please bunch at of the best of times!) and the prospect of working with them is one I’m really looking forward to. After years of hard graft, cruel but truthful rejection in the early days and numerous close calls in the past five, ten years it’s quite simply wonderful to finally meet a publisher who believes in what I’m doing enough to commit to it. The chance to be a part of such a creative and groundbreaking team and stable is one I truly value. It’s an opportunity that I intend to make the most of.
I will, of course, regularly post further news here and on Twitter. Once I come down from cloud nine, that is.
© 2009 Gary William Murning
“A £2m appeal has been launched to re-house the UK’s leading Braille printing press and protect its long-term future.
“The Royal Blind’s printing press was built in the 1960s and needs to be rebuilt and fitted with state-of-the-art printing equipment.
“The Scottish Braille Press is a leading provider of the UK’s Braille books, magazines and other printed materials.
“Bestselling author Ian Rankin, whose son goes to the Royal Blind School, is giving his backing to the campaign.”
Losing one’s sight must be one of the most frightening experiences imaginable. It’s something that I have thought about on occasion — how it would affect me, the sights I would no longer be able to enjoy except in memory. The vulnerability of it, I’m sure, I would find especially difficult to contend with.
But also being unable to escape to the pages of a book would have a huge impact on me and my ability to deal with such a situation. My favourite refuge would be — without the possibility of learning Braille — out of bounds. Granted, audio books would be a possibility but… the times I’ve listened to them as a sighted person this medium has always struck me as far removed from the act of reading itself. Braille, it seems to me, would be the only replacement I’d find authentic enough.
So — a worthwhile cause, I would say.
“Donations to the campaign can be made via the National Braille Week website or by calling 0300 321 0000.”
© 2009 Gary William Murning except for quotations.
It occurred to me last night that maybe writing about my rejections here was not such a good idea. After all, every email I send to agents/editors has my website address on it. They can read everything that you can read, and seeing that others have already rejected a certain piece of work could be prejudicial.
Nonetheless, I’ve decided that I’m going to keep posting honest updates regarding the reactions of those I submit Children of the Resolution to. There are a number of reasons for this, but the principal one is that I feel I owe it to the friends and readers who have supported me through the novel’s development, from conception to completion. Those of you who visit this blog regularly, friends and relative strangers alike, are my potential book buyers. It would be a pretty lousy state of affairs if I didn’t keep you up to speed.
I think any editor/agent worth his/her salt will see the sense of this — especially when they take a look at my visitor stats in the sidebar.
Before signing off, I’d also just like to thank all of you for supporting me. Your friendship, advice and encouragement really does make this so much easier. The faith I have in my work and my ability is largely down to the reactions of people like you. Cheers!
Oh, nearly forgot! I’ve just heard back from Tom at Legend Press. He said Children of the Resolution sounds very interesting and he looks forward to reading it. He now has the full manuscript.
© 2008 Gary William Murning
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Bigfoot experts yesterday reacted with suspicion to the claims made by Matt Whitton and Rick Dyer that they have found the body of Bigfoot. Apparently, the alleged DNA results from the corpse’s body tissue revealed in one test human DNA, another was inconclusive and the third came back as the DNA of a possum!
It’s not a Bigfoot — it’s a chimera!
I especially found this amusing, however.
In the accompanying video of the press conference, Mr Whitton says:
“[…] you have to come to terms with it and realise you’ve got something special.”
So what do they do? Dump it in the freezer. Makes a kind of sense, I suppose but… no. Just no.