Endeavour Press gave a talk to my writing group, London Writers Cafe, about 3 weeks ago. It was on getting published and how to raise your e-profile. We all sat poised with pen and notepad on knee as usual. I toyed with asking a question: How important do you think it is to have your own marketing plan in relation to securing a book deal? A few submission guidelines I've come across recently request this and I always shy away from these publishers because I don't have a marketing plan. Anyway, I didn't get to ask my question, but afterwards, as is the wont of our writing group, guests and audience went up to the bar for a drink and further chat. Throughout the talk I had been listening for Endeavour's submission guidelines and I was thinking they might take a look at O.C. So, over a glass of wine, I gave the Endeavour team my pitch. I was asked some questions: Are you working on another book? What has been the reaction of other publishers? What is it called? Orla's Code, I say. This was met with a thoughtful pause. And then: Call it I.T. Girl. As in It Girl. Always call something what it is... Before leaving I promised a submission the next day.
Following my submission I was asked for the manuscript and then a week later received a reply. I was bracing myself for rejection - cause you know I'm getting used to it - but marvelously it simply said: We think this is something we can publish, would you like to come in? I was grinning like an idiot at my workmates. One wanted to know if she had something on her face. But even the following week before the meeting, I was still bracing myself for disappointment. Like maybe they'd say: We like it but can you change 50%? Or: We'd like to serialize it in an avant garde magazine we're experimenting with. But, again they simply said: We like this and we'd like to take it on. Then we got down to the serious business of marketing, strategy and book covers.
I had taken a half day from work for the meeting and I wasn't meeting friends until later on so, afterwards I went to the Tate Modern nearby and saw the Roy Lichtenstein exhibition. I think I'll always have a warm, fuzzy association with brightly coloured pop-art from now on.
So, here's my TODO list:
- read over mauscript final edit when it arrives
- research book reviewers who might be interested in reviewing IT Girl
- mobilise friends and family
And that's all, folks. IT Girl will be available in your favourite e-book stores hopefully very soon!...