This has been a mixed year for me. Loss of loved ones balanced with three non-fiction contracts (on top of two novels drafted). It has left me exhausted and during the last few weeks I have been reviewing things.
It has become abundantly clear from comments made by agents (I have approached 72 this year), editors, and other writers that whilst there is nothing wrong with my fiction (some have praised it with embarrassing enthusiasm); it is never going to sell. I am neither commercial enough nor interested in trying to adapt to current market trends (too old and too tired). Add that to the non-fiction work I have to complete by the end of next year, I have decided to step aside as a Novel Racer.
I won’t have time for writing fiction for a while and when I get back to it, I’ll be going my own way (watch out for the launch of Monkey Business late next year). It is only right, therefore, that I allow someone else to have my place. I will continue to visit on a regular basis – how could I not, you are such a wonderful bunch, extremely supportive and full of wonderful ideas. It is time someone else had the full benefit of this.
Blessings of the Season to you all.