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'The Priory' by Jonathan Wheatley gets signed by a traditional publisher.

Updated: Nov 21, 2019

So this week I signed my first publishing contract! It is for my debut novel ‘The Priory.’

This wasn’t fluke or luck (well okay, a little bit of luck) In total I estimate to have spent over 150 hours on this novel from the first draft, through the second edit, third edit and fourth and then onto querying agents and publishers. The first publisher came back to me within a week! For those of you who are working hard on your own novels keep going, don’t stop, but don’t expect it to be easy. You have to work for it!

Written your first draft, think you’re done! Think again! My first edit consisted of a read through and the switching of chapters around. The second edit took even longer–it was the style edit– I did it one PARAGRAPH at a time! The third edit was all about grammar (apparently I love commas a bit too much!) and this was the exhausting one. What I am trying to get at though for writers out there, is that you get back what you put in! If you finish your first draft and start sending it to publishers do you really expect to get interest?

I have read my novel nearly a dozen times already, but you know what? Each time I read it, I find something else I love about it or something else I can change. Editing is addictive! So wannabe novelists, get writing. Turn on that Mac, turn off the TV and write. I wonder how many great stories didn’t make it simply because it wasn’t finished properly?

Keep on going. If I can do it, you can do it!

Much love,

Jonathan Wheatley

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