Letting go…

This year started off with moans about rejections or more frequently no responses from agents or publishers. I had three books waiting to get noticed, a romance, a sci-fi thriller, and a crime thriller that I co-authored with my sister. The three short films I wrote attained many Laurels for being Official selections or Finalists in festivals both as screenplays and as films, and the crime-thriller novel was long listed in the Lucy Cavendish Fiction prize 2020. I had high hopes for getting an agent after that, but most seemed to just not reply, or those that did said they were not taking on at this time or were backlogged. Strangely, I thought while people had more time on their hands they would be reading more, and agents would be thirsting more for books of all genres. Not so. My son advised me, during one of our dog walks on a gloomy February afternoon, when I moaned about the subjectiveness of the process, that I should ask myself, ‘Why was I writing?’ So I thought about that. He said if I was writing for fame and fortune – well I might as well stop now because you know that’s rare, and even those published are rarely able to give up their day job. But if I was writing because I enjoyed it, writing for myself and for others to enjoy, then JUST DO IT! Write, write, write. Self-publish if you want others to read it and you might get noticed. But just write. And I thought yep, he was right. I write because I can’t find enough books to read to fulfil my escapist needs, so I write to satisfy that hunger. I write because I love creating stories – always have, since I was a child. So I came back that walk with a new goal. March was to be the start of just writing for me and anyone that wanted to read. I literally had no sooner made that decision and things changed. Two publishers were interested in the romance, and one of these publishers was also interested in the crime thriller I co-authored. That publisher came back to me within two weeks, while the other was still reviewing the romance. It’s funny, they do say when you let go and stop fretting the universe takes care of it. So I was delighted to be offered a two book contract with Dark Edge Press for my romance, and another two book contract for the crime thriller co-authored with my sister, Marina. The first of these contracts will be available in summer: the crime thriller ‘The Fix’ by M. A. Russo, and my romance novel book as Neet Neilson ‘Hope and Sanctuary’.  Now, my sister and I are writing the next crime thriller in this series, and I am writing the next romance novel.  My advice to any writers looking to get published is the same advice as my son gave me.  DON’T GIVE UP! Let go and just write and write and write.  https://www.darkedgepress.co.uk/blog