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A bitter blow

Being dropped by your publisher is harsh, but it’s not the end of the world, says Jane Wenham Jones

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Three years ago I was the happiest woman alive. After many rejections I finally had a two book deal from a big publisher and looked set for success. I was delighted by the marketing campaign, I was in the bookshops, I had a lavish launch party. Now I am devastated. My publisher does not want my third novel as they do not feel it is ‘strong’ enough and sales were not high enough on my first two to warrant them taking a chance. My agent says these things happen but I am so upset. Especially as she also says it may be difficult to place my latest book when sales figures for the first two were poor. I feel my career is over before it has even begun. A writing friend who is still looking for an agent, says I should be grateful to have been published at all. But I feel such a failure.

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How can you get your writing to the readers it deserves? In this month's issue of Writing Magazine we look at how to generate new freelance opportunities and how and why the flourishing independent press scene may be your best bet. First though, if you're a new writer you need to read our guide to finding and fixing those rookie mistakes in How Not to Be a Bad Writer. This month's star interview is the man with the golden pen Anthony Horowitz, talking about bringing back Bond and maintaining his impressive hit rate. Keep up to date with all the latest competitions and opportunities to get into print with Writers' News – there's £37,240 in writing prizes to be won!