Well, at last I’ve received a report from the literary consultant, accompanied by apologies for the long delay, and it was worth waiting for. Rather as I anticipated, the experts think my comic novel National Cake Day in Ruritania is aimed at too limited a market for mainstream publishers to feel safe with it, so the advice is to go for electronic publication and label the genre ‘Literary Nonsense’. I like the phrase! I’ve therefore asked for someone to provide the sort of advice that might enable a technophobic old coot to publish via Amazon Kindle; the procedure is probably straightforward… when you know how. The consultant also gave me some good, welcome advice on improvements to the manuscript – but nothing fundamental, which was a relief. It was gratifying to be told that the novel is enjoyable to read, the narrative flows from page to page, and the quality of writing is high.
I’m going to sit on the advice and mull it over for a while, then act on it (when I’ve discovered how to do the Amazon Kindle thing). Once the novel is in the public domain I’ll tell all my friends and various contacts how to access and download it, and hope those who decide to read it will agree about it being enjoyable!
Meanwhile, I’m working on a more serious (and potentially mainstream) novel, one of the projects I had to abandon when my life was consumed with caring duties, and devoting a lot of time to storytelling. I joined the Buxton group for a storytelling session in New Mills last Thursday evening (April 3rd), then went to the Matlock Storytelling Cafe on Friday (4th), contributed to the Buxton storytelling this afternoon (6th), and plan to take part as usual in the next Glossop meeting next Friday (11th). I’ve also booked myself in for some more storytelling workshops in the hope of improving my skills.
The relationship between storytelling and fiction writing continues to intrigue me, as I endeavour to develop both activities!