Self-publishing Mr Middleton’s Teleporter, Part 2

In my last post on Self-publishing Mr Middleton’s Teleporter, I left off at me waiting to hear back from the editor at one of Australia’s big publishing houses.  

Normally, you have to wait about three to six months to hear back.  I heard from the editor about two weeks later.  Prompted by my buddy’s enthusiastic response to the story, the editor had taken it home to read over the weekend.  

She…loved it!  She made several suggestions for ways I could consider improving parts of the story, but nothing too major.  It was a truly lovely experience: being taken seriously by someone in a position of power, and getting her feedback as an equal, rather than the somewhat bossy criticisms from university lecturers or work managers, which had been my only past experience of the feedback process for my writing or other work.  The editor, however, clearly enjoyed reading new ideas, and taking part.  It was not a stand-offish type of feedback, but more like the suggestions of someone who wanted to play, too.  

The editor suggested that I submit the to the head editor, to make a decision about publishing, and asked if I might consider submitting other stories at the same time for a collection.  Another, less likely option, might be to publish as an illustrated, stand-alone book.

This latter idea consumed my imagination, as the saying goes.  I reviewed my other short stories and came to the realisation that they weren’t anything like Mr Middleton and would not suit a collection.  I had a few ideas for other stories, and I toyed with the idea of writing them up.  More than toyed: I really tried to convince myself that this is what I should do.  But a vision of Mr Middleton, illustrated, the teleporter not just a set of words on a page, filled my head.  It was a riskier path, far less likely to gain traction with a publisher.  But it was a beautiful, tantalising possibility.  Ah, I love the word possibility.  Full of so much….possibility.

Where to find an illustrator to complete my vision, and fast, before I lost their interest?  

To be continued.

Back in the middle with you


I have been as silent as the gallows for some time now.  That is not only because I have been, as The Editor put it, “writing for reals.”  It’s because I have been in a pooh-fight with my previous hosting company, moving house, working too much and also because I didn’t know what I really wanted to do with this blog.  

The upshot of the pooh-fight and my tech-ignorance is that I have lost all the content from my blog.  Oh no!   

The good thing about that is that I can start all over again.  Create the world anew…make the blog as shiny, pearlescent, crystal-dinging as it can be….

Well, start again, anyhow.

I am going to do the following on this blog:

1.  Write stuff

2.  Follow the path of Mr Middleton as he takes flight (Who is Mr Middleton, I hear you ask?  I hope you and he will become buddies, and then we can all be buddies together, as long as you’re not all weird and defensive about having a fictional character as a buddy.)

3. Write more stuff

If I fail in my mission, please give my good jokes to J-Lo and any outstanding legal actions against me to The Editor.