Hello again my fellow soupers
As we know - sometimes we writers get writers block and I for one lost my muse for about six months and found it hard to even pick up a pencil let alone put one to paper (even after a few glasses of wine!).
However, the break gave me time to concentrate on putting together my anthology - 'There's Enough Blue in the Sky' - not an easy task as I am hyper critical of my work (basically I think I'm rubbish) and struggled to put 10 pages together at first. But after a few weeks of filtering (and a lot of wine), I finally thought I had what I thought was ananthology to be proud of and sent it to an editor who suggested a few changes (thanks Ian) before sending off.
Changes completed, I looked in the Writers & Artists Handbook and sent it off to reputable publishers niaively thinking that was all I had to do to be a fully bona fide poet (who was I fooling???).
Week after week I recieved rejection after rejection. They said it was 'good' (good its flipping wonderful), but not they were looking for at the moment (lie), they weren't taking on any work at the moment - try again in a couple of years (another lie), they didn't publish anthologies by single authors (what?????) or I had to get published in a notable magazine first (does that include the People's Friend?).
I bet if I was some celebrity they would have no problem publishing as they seem to put out their shoping lists if they thought it would bring in the ready's. I also bet that there are a lot of talented writers out there whose work is overlooked in favour of a 'tell all' by a b-list bimbo (not that I'm jealous....or bitter!) It's sooo annoying!!.
Has anyone else had the same problem....or does anyone know of a publisher who would be willing, nay biting at the bit to put my anthology into print.
So....what happens now.....I guess it's the self publishing route for me....if it was good enough for John Keats....then it's good enough for me.
Well enough ranting....I'm off to have a glass of wine before looking through the names of publishers who will be more than willing to put my name in print.........at least for a rice they will.