Hi, I’m Linda Spurr, writer and creative writing tutor. On this page, I’m aiming to keep you posted as to the progress of my historical novel Pathway to the Gods which was shortlisted in 2018 in the Wilbur Smith Unpublished Adventure Novel competition.
Thanks to that contest, I am now on the next rung of the ladder to publication – having secured an agent! I made the final five and although I didn’t win, I was offered representation by Charlotte Colwill of the Bravoblue Literacy Agency. Charlotte has started sending off details of Pathway to the Gods to publishers. Fingers crossed!
It does seem a long time since I first started the novel – way back in 2012. I had the germ of an idea but decided to go back to university to do an MA in Creative Writing to get as much help and advice as I could. With the support of fellow writers after the MA course finished, I completed the novel and received valuable feedback.
Then came the really hard part – trying to attract the interest of an agent: tens of letters sent out and nearly as many rejections, the rest just didn’t bother to reply.
So, I have an agent and now I must wait, as patiently as I can, for the results of her efforts. I’m thrilled I have an agent. But I am deliberately not getting too excited because of what I have seen happen to other writers with agents. One of my uni friends has had an agent for some years now – with no results. The agents probably feel they are in as much of a jungle and potluck with the publishers as we think we are with agents!
But it’s given me back some of the confidence I’d lost and enough motivation to carry on writing the sequel. I’ll let you know when that’s complete – hopefully by Easter 2019.
In the meantime, I’m kept busy with the two Creative Writing classes I run – thinking up new exercises, reading and critiquing everyone’s work.
On a personal note, for the past few years, I’ve been a full-time carer to my Mum who’s in her mid-90s. She’s no trouble at all to look after, with the help of our morning and evening carers. But I haven’t been able to get out and about as much in the past few years, as Mum now suffers from epilepsy. So, from time to time, my contributions to this page and the rest of the website might be later than usual or curtailed. Thank you for your understanding.