Many thanks to Teresa for taking the time to do a guest post on my website. Read what Teresa has to say about how this whole experience started, the rejections that followed and the happy ending.
When Mandy asked me to do a guest blog I instantly became brain dead. I have done so much writing lately since publication of my book ‘The Eye of Erasmus’. Blogs promos etc. they seemed endless. The more I wrote the more work it generated. What to write about that is the question? Well, I’ve decided to let my fingers do the talking and writing for me. I successfully wrote three books that way so it’s stood the test of time so to speak.
I started writing in my teens, nothing special just odd bits here and there for the amusement of my younger brother.
My serious writing began a couple of years ago, whilst sitting in my garden one beautiful summer evening. I was sitting amongst the Shasta daisies which grow in abundance and I watched a spider spinning a web. It was so intricate and delicate it became almost sensuous. As the web grew I started to imagine the beginnings of a storyline. Faeries, time travel, etc. began buzzing around my brain. Grabbing a note book I couldn’t write quick enough so I resorted to my tape recorder. Having filled both sides of the tape I started another fresh tape as Erasmus materialised.
I wrote the three books within in a year and then started the endless trawl for a literary agent. I bought the Writers and Artists Year Book and began at ‘A’ working through to ‘Z’.
Like many others I have draws full of rejections. Finally that wonderful day came when a literary agent emailed me asking to represent me. Wahoo !! “Yes please.” He actively pushed it around the publishers for 6 months until that fatal day when he contacted me stating ‘I have faith in it but none of the publishers I’ve pursued do. So I can no longer represent you’.
Completely gutted I started again and somehow came across Richard Grayling of Struggling Authors. He picked me up dried my tears and gave me words of encouragement. I’m now one of the core members and we have become firm friends. It’s the most supportive web site I have ever come across. – A bit like warm fluffy slippers and a hot chocolate drink on a bitterly cold night.(http://strugglingauthors.co.uk )
I then came across another American web site who asked to represent me and then eventually wanted to publish me. I was jumping through hoops – UNTIL I did a bit of investigating and discovered they were being investigated by the Attorney Generals Office in America for fraud. (Note: I did not mention their name!)
Once again Richard and Struggling Author members dried my tears and set me on the road to recovery.
Was I downhearted? Bet your life I was but after feeling sorry for myself I started again. I have always had tremendous faith in my books.
Quite by chance I then came across Tim Roux of Night Publishing. I interviewed him on behalf of Struggling Authors and eventually joined his Night Reading site. I put a chapter of the Eye of Erasmus on there and to my utter surprise I was headhunted.
And the rest as they say is history.
The moral of the story ….? Believe in your work and never give up. Rejection is only one persons opinion. ….. Teresa Geering 04/08/10
Thank you once again, Teresa.
And please, don’t forget to check out Teresa’s author profile by clicking here