• Fiona McIntosh: Voyager Author of the Month

    Fiona McIntosh was born and raised in Sussex in the UK, but also spent early childhood years in West Africa. She left a PR career in London to travel and settled in Australia in 1980. She has since roamed the world working for her own travel publishing company, which she runs with her husband. She lives in Adelaide with her husband and twin sons. Her website is at www.fionamcintosh.com.

    Her latest book, The Scrivener's Tale, is a stand-alone and takes us back to the world of Morgravia from her very first series, The Quickening:

    About The Scrivener's Tale:

    In the bookshops and cafes of present-day Paris, ex-psychologist Gabe Figaret is trying to put his shattered life back together. When another doctor, Reynard, asks him to help with a delusional female patient, Gabe is reluctant... until he meets her. At first Gabe thinks the woman, Angelina, is merely terrified of Reynard, but he quickly discovers she is not quite what she seems.

    As his relationship with Angelina deepens, Gabe's life in Paris becomes increasingly unstable. He senses a presence watching and following every move he makes, and yet he finds Angelina increasingly irresistible.

    When Angelina tells Gabe he must kill her and flee to a place she calls Morgravia, he is horrified. But then Angelina shows him that the cathedral he has dreamt about since childhood is real and exists in Morgravia.

    A special 10th Anniversary edition of her first fantasy book, Myrren's Gift, will be released in December!



Fallon Friday:Dispelling some myths about getting published – Part 2

You don’t have to be commercially viable if you’re talented

Tolkien died a millionaire. Dickens was a bestselling author. So was Mark Twain. Shakespeare was an Elizabethan celebrity. I’m pretty sure Harper Lee has never had to work another day in her life after To Kill a Mockingbird came out. I can promise you, Neil Gaiman ain’t living hand to mouth, either.
You might have to die to get your art acknowledged, but there aren’t too many literary masters out there starving to death. Publishers aren’t knocking back talent. They’re praying (and paying) for it.

The Godfather was rejected by 52 publishers, so I’ll just keep sending mine in…

Mario Puzo’s novel went through scores of publishers before it found one game to publish his work, not because of his writing, so much, but the subject matter. You hear about these things because they’re the exception rather than the rule.
One or two, even five rejections before being picked up is not uncommon, 52 is rare. Once you get past 5 rejections, luck is no longer a factor. It’s time to sit back and take a long hard look at what you’re sending out.
Something else you rarely hear is that after each rejection, the author often went back and worked on the book again until it was done. It wasn’t the five ignorant publishers at fault, it was the five much needed re-writes that got the book up and running.

I have a great idea and if I believe in myself enough I’ll eventually get published.

Yes and no. You can’t give up at the first hurdle, but you have to learn the difference between believing in yourself and accepting reality.
I never doubted I would be published some day. I am also the first to admit that my first twenty years worth of writing was junk. I didn’t even bother sending it out, so sure was I that it was junk.
Real writers have more than one idea in a lifetime.
Five rejections down the line and it’s time to move on, not keep re-working the same old story. Think up a better one. It may not be that one that gets published either, it might be the next one after that, but if you’re going to do this for a living, you might as well get used to the notion of having more than one story to tell.
So what if you love the characters and think your idea is brilliant and original? Nobody in the publishing industry agrees with you so you might as well move on.
Believe you’re not a “one hit wonder”. You’ll find that far more useful that the blanket “I know I’ll get published some day” affirmation.

Come back next Friday for part three of Jennifer Fallon on myths about getting published.

Click here for part one.

Click here to visit Jennifer’s website.

One Response

  1. Thanks for your thoughts Jennifer. It’s encouraging and I totally agree with you. Though I’m yet to be published (in novel form) I never bothered sending out my first novel, even though it took two years to write and scores of drafts. I knew I could and would improve and three novels on, it was true.
    Is five rejections enough to warrant a re-think though? We’ve heard the stories about the slush pile that barely gets a look in, and as you say, perhaps the book is good but its just not suitable at that time. Rowling had Harry Potter rejected 12 times before Bloomsbury and Dr. Suess persevered through 27 rejections before finding success. Personally I would have been dejected after 20… how about 10?
    Okay, one rejection and I’m a mess… haha
    Thanks for a great post, looking forward to more.

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