So ... it's been over four years since I started learning how to write novels and although I have one novel finished to a high standard and an agent getting it under as many publishers noses as humanly possible, there's still no book deal in sight. Sigh.
I join the ranks of many frustrated writers, I know. But here's the thing. I can't sit around and wait. Waiting never helps so I'm going to make some changes to the way I do things in 2016. I'm going to get my stuff out to readers any way I can.
Beta readers tell me they love my stories. My agent loves them. I love them. I need to get my stories into the hands of more people who will enjoy them too. I can no longer sit around hoping a traditional publisher will give me a nice shiny book deal. If nothing has arrived by the end of this year, then I will bring it to you myself.
Watch this space!
Emma Pullar is a writer and book reviewer. Her picture book, Curly from Shirley, went to number four on the bestseller list and was named best opening lines by NZ Post.
As well as picture books, Emma writes horror, dystopian, sci-fi, fantasy and paranormal fiction.
You can read her short horror story, London’s Crawling, in the Dark Minds charity collection.
Follow Emma on Goodreads.