Saturday, 31 December 2011

Happy New Year wherever you are!


As another year comes around
May it bring for you...
New hopes
New dreams
New aspirations
New opportunities
And new joys

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Monday, 26 December 2011

Festive Season Special Offer


To celebrate this festive season and spread Christmas joy, the first three books of the Ancient Legends series will be available as a Festive Season Omnibus at a discounted price for a limited time only.

Merry Christmas!

Jayde x

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Merry Christmas


I'd like to wish all my readers lots of love, joy and happiness. May the good times and treasures of the present become the golden memories of tomorrow.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!


Friday, 9 December 2011

Character interview with a necromancer

Surfing the net recently, I came across this really neat idea of character interviews. So today I’m going to introduce you to Amber, the lead female character in A Job From Hell.

Q. Amber, you recently turned eighteen and won the gift of talking to the dead in a paranormal race. So, I guess you’re a necromancer now. Is that something you’ve always wanted to be?

A. Oh, gosh, no. The dead, both the dead-as-a-nail-coffin and the walking-among-us dead, kinda give me the creeps so I’d rather not deal with them day in, day out. I remember the first time I saw a ghost. I was sitting in a pub in Inverness, Scotland, facing this lady in black at the bar. Only, her head was tilted to the side in an unnatural angle. I seriously thought she was an actress. And then I started to see more and more ghosts, walking down the street, following me in the woods. Imagine waking up in the middle of the night with a cold sensation creeping up your arms or seeing your boyfriend’s ex spread all over the bed, dead as a stone with a gashing wound on her neck. That one still gives me nightmares.


Q. But even after finding out you were a necromancer living in a house full of vampires, you still didn’t leave Scotland.

A. Trust me, I tried. I wanted to run but I didn’t get very far. The moment I left Aidan’s property, I was almost kidnapped by a bunch of creepy black-eyed warriors called Shadows who wanted my ability. I managed to escape and stayed with Aidan, thinking I was better off with a vampire than with the Shadows’ child queen aka the Exorcist kid. How could I have known my new crush, Aidan, had his own motives to keep me close to him? It took me a while to realize he wasn’t my hero, and I was a trusting pawn. I was naïve and in love, and stayed for hope.


Q. Your friend, Lucifer’s daughter, Cass, ends up playing a big role in your future, but she reminds me a bit of Carrie in Sex and the City. How on earth did you two become friends, and is she really such a ‘scatter-brain’?

A. I think she is. Starting with her way of dressing in the most garish outfits ever, to her strange reasoning or inability to focus on a thought for longer than a few seconds, there’s always something about Cass that isn’t ‘normal’, but her nerdiness adds to her charm. Cass is quite complex, caring and fiercely protective of her friends, which I admire about her. But she can also be quite shallow and manipulative at times, and I don’t know if she would really swap her life as a fallen angel for being normal. We became friends because she was brutally honest with me when she revealed Aidan’s identity. I like people like her.


Q. Early on in your story, I could sense a certain frailty in you. Was it the strange circumstances and occurrences in Scotland or meeting Aidan that changed your life?

A. A bit of both, actually. Moving away from your friends and family into a deserted mansion in the middle of nowhere isn’t easy. And then falling for the hot employer who’s supposed to be off limits when strange things start to happen all around you, let’s just say, I wanted to stay away from him, but he wouldn’t let me. Suddenly finding myself trapped in Aidan’s paranormal world helped me discover my true self and gain confidence along the way.


Q. You’re not just a necromancer; you’re something else that you said you’d rather not reveal. Where do you see yourself in the future?

A. For a long time, I wanted my old life back. But I’ve realized I can’t have it, so I’m making the best of my new circumstances. I want to help others in my position, which is why I’ve decided to put my new ability to good use and turn it into a business venture.


Q. And lastly, how would you summarize your story?

A. It’s the story of a young woman guided by fate, who would do anything to save the man she loves. A story of love and betrayal, of hidden motives and an ancient war between two races in which she will always be a pawn.

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Voodoo Kiss Official Launch






Hey everyone,

I'm absolutely thrilled to announce that Voodoo Kiss is finally available in all eBook stores. I had a blast researching and writing this book. What with me being superstitious and all, I was excited but also scared while diving deep into the world of Voodoo, but now I actually think it's kinda cool. As long as the priestess doesn't use anything foul smelling, like blood and what else not, I can keep it together and ignore the creepy feeling in the pit of my stomach.
Anyway, I'd like to thank my readers for the support. If it weren't for you and the expressed interest in reading another book in the Ancient Legends series, Voodoo Kiss would probably not exist. I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it.


Friday, 28 October 2011

Halloween Blog Hop


Welcome, my fellow blog hoppers! I hope you'll enjoy the stay. Don't forget to mention your favourite horror movie and costume. Oh, and a huge thank you to Jeremy Bates for hosting this event.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Kristie Cook: Writer Wednesday

Kristie Cook: Writer Wednesday: It's Wednesday, which means today I introduce you to an author you may not yet know. Hopefully this leads to some new book discoveries for y...

I hope you'll stop by and say 'hi' :-)

http://www.kristiecook.com/2011/10/writer-wednesday_26.html

Thursday, 20 October 2011

The Writing World: Author Spotlight- Jayde Scott

The Writing World: Author Spotlight- Jayde Scott: We're back with another week of our Author Spotlight. This week I'd like to welcome Jayde Scott.

Read more at:

http://raebethmcgeeswriting.blogspot.com/2011/10/author-spotlight-jayden-scott.html

A huge thank you to fellow author RaeBeth McGee for hosting this interview.

Monday, 17 October 2011

Kindle Author: Kindle Author Interview: Jayde Scott

Kindle Author: Kindle Author Interview: Jayde Scott: Jayde Scott, author of A Job From Hell , discusses her book, her journey as a writer, and self-publishing on Kindle. DAVID WISEHART: DAVID WISEHART: What can you tell us about A Job From Hell?

More at:

http://kindle-author.blogspot.com/2011/10/kindle-author-interview-jayde-scott.html

A huge thank you to fellow author and blogger extraordinaire, David Wisehart, for hosting this interview!

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Halloween Blog Hop

I love Halloween, it's my favourite time of the year! Anyway, I thought I'd tell you about this awesome giveaway hosted by a fellow author and friend of mine, Lenore Wolfe. Head over to Lenore's blog for details on how to enter. You can win lots of books, including copies of A Job From Hell and Black Wood (A Witch Rising).

Here's the link and I hope to see you there:

http://magicallandofbooks.blogspot.com/2011/10/halloween-blog-hop.html

Jayde

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Voodoo Kiss playlist - Chocolate and more...

Voodoo Kiss (Ancient Legends Book 3)

Aspiring rock star Sofia had it all planned. Or so she thought until her sister's sacrificed in a horrific ritual. On a trip to Brazil, something awakens inside Sofia -- her legacy, a blessing and a curse, drawing to her every paranormal creature out there: vampires, demons and reapers, ghosts and Shadows, and something much darker that's been twisting its way into her heart and soul.

In a world of love and betrayal, of reincarnation and ancient bonds, to solve the mystery of her sister's murder, Sofia must embrace her own century-old legacy even if it means sure death…


With Voodoo Kiss hitting all ebook stores in just a few days I thought I'd post a link to some of the songs that inspired most of the book. You can watch the videos below or go to Youtube.com.

Enjoy...






Monday, 26 September 2011

Check out this fab new blog!

If you're interested in discovering new books and great reviews, check out this fab new blog. I must admit I'm in love with the design and wish I had come up with something this great.

http://martinabookaholic.wordpress.com

Please help spread the word. Let's help Martina's blog get lots of followers.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Totally Bookalicious: A Job from Hell (Ancient Legends #1) by Jayde Scot...

Totally Bookalicious: A Job from Hell (Ancient Legends #1) by Jayde Scott

A huge thank you to the lovely

E & K Family Book Review: Win a Free E-Copy of Jayde Scott's Fantabulous Young Adult Reads

E & K Family Book Review: Win a Free E-Copy of Jayde Scott's Fantabulous Young Adult reads: To finish up this FANTASTIC week of Jayde Scott Love, Jayde has graciously offered to allow us to HOST a GIVEAWAY.

Win a copy of A Job From Hell/Black Wood (A Witch Rising). To enter the contest, please click on the link above which will take you directly to Kelli's blog.

Good luck, everyone! I'll keep my fingers crossed :-)

Jayde

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Ancient Legends series: Amber and Aidan

Hi everyone,

Following several messages and reviews from my lovely readers, I've decided that there's going to be another book in the Ancient Legends series featuring Amber and Aidan. I won't reveal more at this point, only that it's entered the outlining process and I'll start writing as soon as Voodoo Kiss is out. I'm really excited that so many want to read more about those two characters.

Thank you so much for your support!!!

Jayde

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

E & K Family Book Review: An Ancient Manor and Mystic Portal: Black Wood- A ...

E & K Family Book Review: An Ancient Manor and Mystic Portal: Black Wood- A ...: Black Wood: A Witch Rising Author: Jayde Scott

To bring her separated parents together again Emily opens a portal to Black Wood. And so Emily's long, dangerous fight against the evil Muriel begins.
Surely witches, trolls, nymphs and silverfurs are figments of imagination? Emily Jones thinks that until she moves into Ravencourt manor, her deceased grandmother's manor. Its just as creepy and scary as she remembered it.

Will Emily learn to use her grandmother's legacy before Muriel unleashes her powers upon the world?
A huge thank you to Rachel for taking the time to read and review my novel, Black Wood (Book One of the A Witch Rising series). To read what she had to say, please click on the link above.

Jayde

Monday, 12 September 2011

E & K Family Book Review: This Week Featuring Author Jayde Scott

E & K Family Book Review: This Week Featuring Author Jayde Scott: Jayde Scott is a British writer most notable for creating the Ancient Legends series. Jayde has had a fascination with Scotland and Sco...

I hope you'll stop by and say 'hi' (the rhyming wasn't intentional).

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Book Passion for Life: A review of A Job from Hell (Ancient Legends #1) ...

Book Passion for Life: A review for A Job from Hell (Ancient Legends #1) ...: Posted by Donna Published Date: May 1st, 2011 Finished Date: August 25th, 2011 Source: For Review from Author Format: E-book Pages: NA...

A huge thank you to Donna for taking the time to read and review my book, A Job From Hell!

Monday, 22 August 2011

Voodoo Kiss trailer

Hi everyone!

If you've read and enjoyed A Job from Hell and Doomed, the first and second book in the Ancient Legends series, respectively, you might be interested in finding out how the story progresses before the next book, Voodoo Kiss, is published in a few weeks. A first chapter preview of Voodoo Kiss is included in Doomed. Furthermore, I've uploaded the new trailer to my YouTube channel JaydeScottBooks. You can also watch it here. Hope you'll enjoy it.

Thanks.

Jayde


Monday, 15 August 2011

Abnormally Paranormal Reviews: Review: Black Wood by Jayde Scott

A huge thank you to Cathy for taking the time to read and review Black Wood (A Witch Rising Book One). You can read the review and subscribe to Cathy's blog here:

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Sunday, 14 August 2011

Meet the Artist


As you know the digital art for Doomed was designed by the amazingly talented Shiela Oliveros. Today I'd like to share a few details about Shiela:

- she's 25 (only!!!)
- she's always wanted to be an artist because ever since she was a child that's where she found her passion.
- she's actually self taught and further enhanced her talent when she went to college, at University of Santo Tomas in Manila & took up Bachelor of Fine Arts Major in Painting.
- she draws inspiration from other artists - it doesn't matter if they are popular or not, as long as they are talented & passionate about their work. Currently, she's working and developing her own technique and original characters (Laceys).
- she's constantly working for improvement so that she can inspire more artists to stand up for their passion & ready to face the field of art.
- Shiela charges $80+ for her artwork, which is a bargain in the publishing world.
- and, last but not least, Shiela's creating the album art of a Canadian band to be released anytime before December, I believe.

I believe she's going to be a huge star one day! You can c0ntact Shiela through her website:

http://shielaoliveros.co.nr


Thursday, 11 August 2011

BLACK WOOD (A Witch Rising) - win a copy now!


There's never really been an official launch for Black Wood, Book One in the A Witch Rising series, but I guess it's never too late. To celebrate its launch, Black Wood (A Witch Rising) is part of the huge ebook giveaway:

I hope you'll join to win a copy!

Thursday, 28 July 2011

At The Magic Attic

The lovely Bree from The Magic Attic was kind enough to do an interview with me, which I'm now sharing with you:


Thank you so much, Bree!!! I absolutely love the design of that blog. Hope you'll check it out.

Jayde

Friday, 22 July 2011

Beelzebub Girl has become DOOMED


I'm thrilled to announce that Beelzebub Girl, the second book in the Ancient Legends series, has had a major makeover, including a change in title.

The new title is DOOMED and the new background art was designed by the extremely talented Shiela Oliveros. For more about Shiela and to view her work, visit:


Monday, 18 July 2011

Welcome to the Slaughter House interview

I was thrilled when one of my favourite writers of all times, Richard Godwin, asked whether I'd be interested in an interview. Naturally, I was honoured and scared at the same time, not least because Richard is such a talented writer (just have a look at his novel Apostle Rising to see what I'm talking about), who has a way with words I can only dream of.
Anyway, the interview's out and I love it! If interested, you can read it here:


A huge thank you to Richard Godwin, author of Apostle Rising, for the time and effort!

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Beelzebub Girl is out

I'm thrilled to announce that BEELZEBUB GIRL, the second book in the Ancient Legends series, is out on Kindle. B&N, Sony and Apple will follow soon.

Jayde

Monday, 27 June 2011

Writers and reputation: when writers review books

Every now and then I go through Goodreads ratings to check what readers have to say about my book and those of others. It was at such a time a few days ago that I noticed other writers leaving one- to three-star reviews and ratings for competitive indie titles. Having worked in PR for a few years, I was seriously shocked. Surely, as a writer one understands the magnitude of one's reputation and the impact it can have on one's career as well as the fact that the writers community is small and everyone knows everyone.

As a writer, reputation ranks almost as highly as skill and novelty. We would never find the likes of Stephenie Meyer and JK Rowling rating a fellow writer's work because it's not in their interest to alienate both fellow writers and their fanbase/followers, who are potential readers of one's own book. From a PR perspective, this is a huge no-no. In fact, traditionally published authors are often encouraged to endorse each other's books and so widen their markets and target audiences.

Indie or not, I suggest never to rate a writer's work below four stars. If you can't give it four stars, then don't leave a rating at all because leaving a trail on the Internet is forever and someone's bound to find out sooner or later and might not take kindly to it.

To all fellow authors out there, we're writers and not reviewers. What you may not like, others might end up loving, hence, it's not in your best interest to insult any reader's (or reviewers') taste and lose potential sales. Since you have your own style and expectations as to what fiction should read like, you're not unbiased. By leaving a low rating, you're not helping your reputation in the writing community either because people will start talking about you, and certainly not in glowing terms.

Sometimes silence is worth more than gold!

To your publishing success!

Friday, 24 June 2011

New release promotion

To celebrate the imminent release of BEELZEBUB GIRL: Dating a demon, everyone buying a print copy of A Job From Hell will receive $2 off. Just go to


and enter discount code 9MCLN86T

Best,

Jayde


Wednesday, 22 June 2011

A Job From Hell at ataleofmanyreviews.blogspot.com

Check out what the lovely ladies at ataleofmanyreviews.blogspot.com have to say about A Job From Hell:


Thank you so much to Leisha for taking the time to read and review my book. Also a huge thank you to Julie for the helpful emails and kind words. These ladies rock!

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

A Job From Hell on thefirstgates.com

A Job From Hell has just received a wonderful review from the lovely Morgan Mussell. I was very nervous to send Morgan my book, not least because he's a highly creative individual with a sharp mind and a talent for words (head over and see for yourself). I feel honoured and blessed that someone I highly respect, someone who writes the most articulate reviews ever, read my book.

http://thefirstgates.com/2011/05/25/a-job-from-hell-by-jayde-scott-book-review/

Thank you so much, Morgan.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

A Job From Hell on Love Fantasy Sci-Fi Novels

A Job from Hell has just been mentioned on Love Fantasy Sci-Fi novels. I love that blog, so it's such an honour!!!

Check it out:


Thank you so much to Siobhán, who is as beautiful as her name is!

Sunday, 8 May 2011

A Job From Hell featured on Indie eBooks

Hey everyone,

Just a quick note to let you know A Job From Hell has been featured on Indie eBooks along my very first interview as a fiction author. How awesome is that? Check it out and please subscribe to Nadine's blog:

Thursday, 5 May 2011

A Job From Hell - Available on Kindle for only $0.99/£0.70

To celebrate the imminent launch of BEELZEBUB GIRL, the second book in the Ancient Legends series, I've lowered the price of A JOB FROM HELL to $0.99/£0.99.

If you want a lovely paranormal romance with lots of kick-ass action, hot guys and plenty of humour, please go to Amazon and get it now.

Jayde

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

A Job From Hell - Please help spread the word

Please check out and help spread the word about my new novel, A JOB FROM HELL, available on Kindle and Smashwords, and soon in paperback.

The moment Amber starts her new summer job in Scotland and sets eyes upon Aidan, her fate is sealed. Summoned by an ancient bond, she can never love another.
Lost in the woods one night, Amber enters Aidan's deadly world by chance when she unknowingly participates in a paranormal race, and promptly wins the first prize - a prize worth killing for.
In a world of forbidden love, of ancient enemies, legends and rituals, nothing is as it seems and no one can be trusted. Amber's life will never be the same again, unless she searches the Otherworld for what everyone wants. But to do so, Amber must die.

A JOB FROM HELL is the stunning first book in the paranormal series, Ancient Legends.

Thanks so much,

Jayde

Friday, 1 April 2011

Seven reasons why you may decide not to self publish

Recently, a string of authors, including the big name Barry Eisler, have gone on to turn their backs on the traditional publishing route and self-publish, sparkling plenty of discussions and divided opinions in the author community. We don't know where publishing will be in two, five or ten years. All we know is that the publishing world is changing; with Kindle, Sony, Nook etc. more and more authors realise they can reach their target audience by going indie, without having to wait months and years on agents and publishers. While not everyone's Amanda Hocking, making millions in the process (I know I'm not, not sure about you!), it's not just about making money, but more about seeing one's work read and hopefully enjoyed by others.
Of course there's the stigma of publishing: that a book's not good enough to be picked up by a traditional publisher, that it might be riddled with grammar and spelling mistakes, etc., but like prejudice goes, it's usually based on a few bad examples rather than on the majority.
I call self-publishing 'author self-impowerment' because it gives authors full control over their book and whatever happens with it, such as what to write, how many books to write in a series and, my favourite activity of all times, cover design. Hence, I'm all for it if your book's gone through enough editing and you have given thought to the seven points raised below.

Read my favourite seven points to consider before you take the leap and self-publish:
  • you expect to make millions in the process. As said, most writers will never reach Amanda Hocking's status. This certainly applies to both self- and traditional publishing. Some make it, others don't. Unfortunately, that's the reality.
  • you're a recluse and don't enjoy human contact, not even the virtual one like social media. In that case, you're better off locking the manuscript away forever because in our world there's no way you won't have to communicate with fans and those yet to become at some point.
  • you're not prepared to listen to audience taste. You don't need to waste your time trying your hand at steampunk and YA vampire romances when you'd rather write futuristic thrillers, but it might be worth looking at some aspects of what is popular nowadays and find a way to bring your knowledge and research into your preferred genre to give it a modern or unique twist.
  • you have nothing unique to say. This one ties in with the point previously made. Readers are spoilt for choice. Since almost everything's been done already, if you can't come up with a new twist, your books might never really take off and find worldwide appeal.
  • you don't mind waiting. As in, you don't mind waiting to hear back from agents' assistants, agents, a publisher's editor, then the editor-in-chief. It could take years. Life's too short not to take your own future in your own hands. This doesn't mean you shouldn't try the traditional publishing route. But I've talked to authors who built a platform first and then were approached by agents/publishers rather than spend their valuable time trying to persuade someone else of how much potential their novels had.
  • you're not prepared to spend forty hours a week marketing your work. As much as I'd like to pretend otherwise, even traditionally published authors spend more time engaged in promotional activities than they spend on writing. So, learning about marketing and PR comes with the job, really.
  • you can't take criticism. And there's going to be lots of it in the form of bad reviews, comparing your work to those of others, etc. Writing a book is highly intimate. By putting your work out there, you make yourself vulnerable to others belittling your work, talent, and so forth. Don't forget it's a job. Customers pay for your novel, so they're entitled to say whatever they want. Of course, we all wish they could play nice and fair, but life doesn't always work like that. If you can't grow a thick skin, then you're better off never showing your work to anyone, not even to friends and family.
To your publishing success!

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Writing without distractions

I don't know about you, but whenever I write I'm never quite able to switch off that tiny voice at the back of my mind reminding me of the countless other (often trivial) things I could be doing instead. And so I end up, taking 'breaks' during which I chat, compulsively check my eMails, surf Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc., which cuts into my productivity. Don't get me wrong, I adore writing, but the Internet is a fine and highly addictive invention even the best of us can't resist. Luckily, my search for ways to keep me from switching on my airport and checking Hotmail yet again has helped me find great software to aid a writer in resisting the near constant stream of virtual distraction. The software mentioned below is simple with the sole intention of providing a black screen so you can get on with your writing, and nothing else.

OMMwriter is a MAC program that simply takes over the entire monitor and furnishes a minimalistic, zen-like environment. This one's really helped me focus for several weeks now.

Dark Room is the Windows equivalent, running on Win 2000 through Vista. With its simple black screen, it's less chic than OMMwriter, but it does a great job at being about just you and your text.

Finally, there's RubyRoom with a few more additions. All three software programs come with word counters, but in RubyRoom the user can't switch it off, so if that feature's yet another distraction, then you're probably better off using one of the other options. You should also have basic Linux knowledge before diving into this one.

If you have any suggestions, please free to share your recommendations.

To your publishing success!

Note: I consciously decided not to mention any download links. The software mentioned above is available for free on the Internet. Before downloading .exe or .zip files always make sure your anti-virus software is up to date. Please scan the files before you install them. If in doubt, always back up any important files before installing anything downloaded from the Internet.

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Review sites worth considering

Most authors, whether self- or traditionally published, will have to spread the word about their book at the beginning of their career. Searching the internet for review sites can take a long time. To save you time, I've put together a list with a few sites that should get you started and keep you busy for a few days. You won't be able to get your book featured in each and every one of those, but a few good reviews should spark some major interest in what you have to sell.

Mysteries:Poetry:Romance and women's fiction (including paranormal lit):Science fiction and fantasy:

Please do your research and read the fine print before submitting to any of these sites as I can't guarantee they're all free. To your publishing success!

Monday, 10 January 2011

Interviews - when writers have nothing to say

Ask me about my books and I could talk for hours, but me as a writer, ah, not so much. In a recent interview I realised as an author I have nothing new or insightful to add about me or my profession. Not because I'm a boring or monosyllabic person; in fact, my friends keep telling me I'm quite the chatty type, sometimes even too chatty which has helped in my career as a freelance PR professional. It's just that it's hard to talk about something I don't actually over-analyse which is why I thought giving the answers I did was fine until I read the interview and realised it wasn't the best I ever gave. Had I babbled like that in a press conference or at the launch of a new product, my employer would've seriously considered sacking me.

So, why is it that we have nothing interesting to say about ourselves or our profession? After musing for a few days, I've come to the conclusion that I haven't really thought about my image and what I'm supposed to convey. A writer's a bit like an actor; we need to prepare ourselves in order to appear mysterious yet approachable, insightful yet modest, but in no way mundane.
Don't pretend to be someone you're not because people will see right through it. Just research your personality like a good PR manager would research a brand and focus on the interesting traits that help you stand out from the crowd. If you're funny, then by all means go on and build your image around this part of your character and your audience will come to acknowledge you for your humour. If you're super-clever and articulate, then that's what you should focus on. It may not make what you have to say more interesting, but people will start to see the personality behind it, and in our competitive world seeing a human side behind a brand or product is what can make a difference whether your audience starts to like you and buys your books. Decide on an image and keep it consistent as you build it, and your audience will start to perceive you as someone they 'know'. That's one of the tricks to branding: connect to your audience in a way that truly reflects who you are. Put your character behind your words and whatever you say will suddenly appear to have more depth even if it's all been said before.

To your publishing success!

Friday, 7 January 2011

How to handle rejection letters

After writing five books, I've seen my fair share of rejection letters from publishers. I'm still not as thick-skinned as I'd like to be, but I've learned enough about the publishing business to know rejection letters from agents or editors don't mean a thing. Usually, that is, unless it's a rejection on a full which is likely to send anyone into sulking mode for at least a few hours.
It doesn't matter how commercial or unique your work is, let's face it, you're unknown and unpublished (Kindle doesn't count) so most people won't even look at your query, let alone go to all that trouble of reading the pasted sample. Hence, in most cases, the rejection will be based on your query letter or, worse, on genre/word count/the agent not being open to submissions at all. That's one of the reasons why you shouldn't take rejection letters personally, but here's a few more:

1. Agents don't usually mean to belittle writers because they're professional. Hence, even if an agent tells you they wouldn't know how to sell your work, it doesn't mean your work's that bad but rather that they don't have the necessary contacts (i.e., editors) to whom to talk about your work.

2. Every published author has been rejected at some point. Even the big names like JK Rowling, Anne Rice, Stephen King. Yes, all of them, and if you don't believe me, then by all means go on and do a Google search. So, you see, rejection isn't necessarily a reflection of how bad your work is. It's simply a matter of taste, time, risk, being unknown, living in the wrong part of the world etc.

3. 'This isn't right for us' means exactly that. You may have submitted the right genre, but the agent may not connect with the work. Remember, taste is relative, particularly when it comes to humour and style. So, be grateful for the answer since it's become common practice not to give any answer at all, and move on to the next bunch. You wouldn't want to be represented by someone who isn't fully committed to your work anyway because your project deserves the best attention it can receive.

4. Perhaps you weren't convincing enough in your query letter? If the rejection letters keep flooding in, don't hesitate to take another look at your query letter. The culprit might be right there.

Even if no one shows any interest in your book, don't give up because there's more to publishing than finding an agent or publisher. Work on building an audience platform for your next book and keep writing. Sooner or later, you will get noticed.

To your publishing success!