Thursday, 27 January 2011

Blog - "One More For Disbelief"

Hello readers. I'm glad you're there.

Today I have spent the vast majority of the day sitting in my public library, where I can focus on work away from my laptop. It's not been pleasant. I'm not saying anything bad about the library, more the work itself, since today I've been looking for literary agents.

It's not been going well.

I thought I'd struck gold with the Association of Author Representatives, but no, they're all based in New York. It took me longer than I'd like to admit to realise that.

Disbelief has now been a work in progress for two years, and I've hit a roadblock so firm that I literally can not seem to get over it anymore. I've sent my work out to so many places, but the replies have all been so very similar. Disbelief is classified entirely as 'music'. People don't want to represent an author that writes about music.

There's so much more to it. The music is a vessel, a back drop even, but people don't want to listen to that.

It's hit me fairly hard today that I might not be able to find a market for my work. It's not the best feeling in the world, and I certainly didn't think that Disbelief was likely to let me down. Chances are it's not the fault of Disbelief, but the fault of myself in my method of representation.

Not sure how I can overcome this one, to be honest.


  1. Mate, sometimes we need to see ourselves and our work from someone else perspective. After we have banged our head considering all possible avenues we have envisioned, undoubtedly in a rather comprehensive way, getting away from it all for a while, and looking for a new perspective is all we can do.

    Stand back, and see the whole thing from another angle.

    Good luck.

  2. Tom, don't listen to the haters. Your work is some of the strongest I've seen in some time, the characters are so rich and porous. My father commissions written pieces for a well known London publication, and a lot of that dross isn't nearly as interesting as your prose.

    Don't quit following the dream, friend. I have belief.

  3. Hey Tom, Norman Q here, please don't give up your passion I am still making my screenplay strongerer by the day as you suggested, and would not like to see a guiding light of mine be turned out by people with there eyes closed.


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