The Publishing Process, Writing Advice

The Upside of Being An Unpublished Writer

1. Comradeship with other UW’s

2. No deadlines except the ones you set yourself.

3. Ability to write whatever you like.

4. Intact golden dream of life after publication.

5. Urm….

Please add more, I need cheering up…






16 thoughts on “The Upside of Being An Unpublished Writer”

  1. 5. You still have the glory and the publicity of the ‘amazing debut novel’ to come

    6.No other publisher will think ‘she’s already published, we’re really looking for someone we can nurture, shape and further the career for ourselves’

    7. You have no previous books that achieved lower-than-expected sales figures.

    8.You can enter competitions for unpublished writers

    9. You have the never-to–be-repeated, unforgettable excitement of that ‘Wow!!! I’m going to be published!’ moment still to come (and all the celebrations and bubbly!)

  2. When you get a bad review/feedback, you can use it to fix your work rather than letting it eat you up from the inside.

    You get to engage in a brilliant community of fellow dreamers.

    You can still write what you want, rather than what an editor requires of you.

  3. You have a goal, a purpose, something to work towards, something that gives your life meaning.

  4. Also, we live in an age when self-publishing is taking off, so there are more possibilities open to us than unpubbed writers of the past.

  5. Everyone’s so wonderfully positive!
    You’re all such good people.
    I’m not.
    Kathy, you agented person you, may not be able to enter UV2014
    but you can enter The Chalkface Challenge! Go on go on go on – you know you want to.

  6. Ooo Jan – I missed that – is it in Words and Pictures? Going to check it out right now…

  7. You don’t have to talk up the press, or go on those exhausting, distracting school visits. You don’t need to fill out self-employment forms for HMRC (though you’ve other problems there haven’t you!), and you don’t have to answer distracting fan mail asking you for free signed books.

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