EP. 30 | CHARLEY BARNES ON rejections as a first time writer

The one thing that I felt I handled well were all the rejections to the book, but I think the reason why was because I wasn’t yet seriously considering myself as a writer. Rejection felt inevitable.

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When Charley Barnes got ready to publish her first-ever novel – Intention, a psychological thriller – she had no expectations whatsoever. In fact, she was the first one surprised to see that she managed to find a publisher in less than a year.

When we start our writing careers, it is not unusual to expect more than acceptances (and it is no wonder, since novel writers have to get through many rejections before landing their first publishing contract). However, you can see this as Charley did: an opportunity to explore different avenues for your book (finding an agent, traditional publishing, indie publishing, etc.) And above all, don’t despair! Every rejection is a step closer to that final acceptance.

Listen to this extract to find advice on:

  • Unpacking rejections as the start of your writing career
  • Having a laid-back attitude towards rejections in writing

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EP. 16 | charley barnes on publishing crime fiction

In terms of deciding which publishers to approach I tried to research books I felt my book could sit alongside… if the publishers were accepting unagented submissions I’d approach them directly and if not I’d look for the agent that had represented that book on the first instance… That got me into the habit of sending submissions out on regular basis and checking submission guidelines.

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Charley started writing crime fiction while doing a Creative Writing PhD and since then she’s authored many books including Intention, Copycat and her most recent one to this date Sincerely, Yours. When looking for a publisher for her very first novel, Charley knew they had to be someone who were working with crime fiction specifically. She ended finding a very good fit in Bloodhound Books and has worked with them for many years now.

Listen to this extract to find advice on:

  • Publishing crime fiction
  • Forming a long-term relationship with a publisher
  • Publishing without having an agent

Connect with Charley:

Website / Twitter / Instagram

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