Closure

Imagine your life being led in a room. All your freedoms are revoked and the world outside turns without input from you. Imagine your own Mother locking the door to make sure you can’t leave the house. Your friends ask you to go out with them but you know that you can never say yes. How would you feel?

I lived through that. There was nothing for me. I knew the rest of my life would be empty. Then I met a girl and suddenly I fought to prove myself. My very existence suddenly mattered more than anything else in the world.

It was a Saturday morning. Lori had been staying at my home for a week and things had been tough. Early morning wake ups, screams through the night from my parent, being stalked from the car every time we left the house. I had taken enough and after a lot of debate we had decided to find a hotel. I had never left my house, my prison other than to attend school. I had never seen the outside world in any meaningful way. The nearest city was a mystery to me. We got on a bus, and we left the small village I had grown up in.

“What’s the city like?” I asked Lori with all my curiosity burning away to know what lay ahead.
“Heady, busy and exciting,” she replied, smiling at me like no one had smiled at me before.
I looked out from the slowly rolling bus and saw the hedgerows and trees of the country turn into the busy sidewalks of the city. I knew that my time had come to shine.

That is how I escaped! I became my own man and with love I saw how the world worked. In the end, I saw many cities all over the world. My favourite is Dallas/ Ft Worth in Texas, with London close behind. Don’t be afraid of the unknown.. It’s exciting! In my first book I tried to detail all of the horror I endured and mingle it with the wonder and beauty of my escape.

My first time on a plane was pretty funny, I remember taking off over London and staring down at a white van driven by an ant-sized man. That man had probably been given more freedom than I had ever known, yet I was on a plane to the United States. The adventure still excites me to this day. I was 22 and I was being promised the world by a man who had given me a dream. The dream fell through, the man was a liar… However, the excitement remained. I was free and I never wanted to return to the hell I came from.

The tale is detailed in my first book, but I wanted to share some of my wanderlust with you! I hope if you are trapped in any way that you find your way out. Survival is what really matters.

Refusal…

Dear Mr. Wale,

“Thank you for your query and interest in representation by… We regret that we are unable to take you on as a client at this time. We receive  hundreds of queries a week and as such we must turn down many projects that might have great commercial potential.”

Every writer has received at least one of these. Why? Well, perhaps your book wasn’t the hit you thought it would be. No, don’t believe that for one second! Your book is a masterpiece even if a Publisher disagrees. It is your own personal expression! I congratulate any of you with the stamina to write a book. I applaud you! You have done something that so many want to do, yet so few manage to do in reality.

So, why does your book fail? Simple really, the publisher or agent you researched and carefully approached felt that you haven’t hit the necessary commercial points that create a hit.

Is that a bad thing? No! Why? Because your book is a personal gift from your mind. Your characters live and breath inside your head, they act and talk in the way you want them to. Perhaps, they are you. Perhaps, they are me! I don’t know, I haven’t read your book yet…

Keep on knocking on doors, research the agents and get yourself out there! I want to see you on the bestseller list next to one of my future works on the top shelf! There’s room for everyone to make it. Trust me, I’m a writer and I want to make it as badly as you do!

So let’s talk ideas…

    *Give your book a catchy title.
    *Create a package that your recipient can delve into and become hooked by.
    *Don’t tell them it’s a hit. Let them decide that!
    *Write a blog.
    *Tell through action rather than narrative. I learnt that, too!

Let me know how you get on. I’m open to your advice as well!

Failure is not a bad thing!

So you wrote a book?

So did I!

What is yours about? A fish? That’s great! Mine? Oh, its about a giant who found a wife. You don’t like it? I better change my idea then..

No!

Just because someone says they don’t like your book, don’t lose heart! There’s a thousand stars, a thousand agents and a thousand publishers. I would suggest turning every door knob and waiting for that important email that asks to see more of your work.

When I first submitted “Rose Amongst the Thorns” I felt the pain of rejection. It was not rejected because of its inferiority. It was rejected because it was being sold in a market filled with ‘misery lit’. Believe me, misery lit is the last thing I wanted my book to be known as. Alas, it slipped into that genre. I am sure a lot of publishers pushed it to one side without even reading it. Then one day, an agent responded and told me that my writing was great!

That spurred me on!

I know that your writing is great! Just keep writing away and say no to those who don’t get where you are at! Submit, sell and sign the deal!