What with all my recent magazine publications and correspondence with editors on forthcoming poetry collections and book length stories (more on these in upcoming posts!) I have neglected to write an update on the status of my novel publishing ventures! Last year I wrote a post on having my full manuscript requested by a UK publisher, which you can read here. After many months of perusing my novel, the editor made the decision not to take it on.

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The feedback I got was really encouraging – I’ve included a couple of nice rejection letters from publishers that considered my work, which for an author is always better than receiving a form letter!

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At the moment I’m working on my next novel, which is quite different from the literary one above.  A writer always takes rejections in their stride and keeps working on their next project. Traditional publishing can be slow, often taking many months to hear a response. For an author who isn’t going the DIY route and self publishing (I’ve done that too and whilst fun to have total control of your work, there just aren’t enough hours in the day for promotion!) it’s best to write-on!

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About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is a writer, poet and literary blogger. Her debut poetry pamphlet, A Model Archaeologist, was launched in 2015 with Eyewear Publishing. She is a prize nominated poet, having been longlisted for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize 2014, and her poetry and fiction was selected for the 'Best of the Web' Storm Cycle Anthology 2014, published by Kind of a Hurricane Press. Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in London with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert. Literary blog: https://leilaniestewart.wordpress.com/ Meandi Books: http://meandibooks.bigcartel.com/ Bindweed Magazine: https://bindweedmagazine.wordpress.com/

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