Did we mention eek! From today (Monday 20th July), we have six weeks left to complete the fifth and final edit of our debut novel ‘The Soul Caller’. It’ll be the end of a stressful, exhilarating, exhausting and educational six months.
Anyone who does keep up with the blog will be aware that we entered several first chapters and synopses into the Pen to Print Book Challenge. With ‘The Soul Caller’ being shortlisted. To begin with we wondered if it was that the others weren’t good enough, but over the last several months we’ve realised that there would be no way in hell we’d have had the time (or stability of mental health) to handle doing more than one of these things at a time. So, whatever the reason, we’re OK with that.
Over the last four months, we’ve been working with a wonderful mentor, Olumide Popoola, who has helped to raise our confidence, improve our knowledge, and to put it simply, make us better writers. Thank you Olu.
This time has also taught us a great deal about the joy/pain of editing. That it is normal to bloody hate it initially, then start to love it more as you see something stronger begin to emerge.
We don’t know if we’ll win or not, as we know we’re up against a crew of fellow unpublished writers who are absolutely amazing. If we do, that would be absolutely awesome. If we don’t, we’ve still come out of this having hugely improved our craft, with the right to feel sort of like writers and a good manuscript to chuck at other publishers if needs be, and most importantly of all, something to be really proud of.