I was on track to self-publish Tyrelia, when I stumbled across an article promoting a whole bunch of publishers who were accepting unsolicited manuscripts now. I hesitated. I was only a week away from self-publishing…and yet. What if this could be a break? What if one of these big publishing houses actually picked my book up? It was too big a chance to pass up. So I submitted the Tyrelia synopsis to two publishers. One has come back and taken the full manuscript for assessment by their board of editors. So now it’s waiting for up to six weeks to hear whether they want it. And if they don’t…well, I’m ready to self publish. Nothing lost but a few weeks of waiting. I think it’s worth it, don’t you?
Published by Sharon Manssen
A fantasy fan since being read 'The Hobbit' by her father at the fireside at the age of six, she has been an avid bookworm her entire life. When the idea for her current trilogy popped into her head, there was never any doubt that it would be in the fantasy genre. Unfortunately, real life gets in the way, and writing has to fit around her full-time job at a global engineering consultancy and family life (husband and two young adult children). It took ten years to pen her first book, Medar, which was a finalist for the Tom Fitzgibbon Award in 2015 and was published in 2017. Her second book, Tyrelia was nominated in the Young Adult Fiction category in the 2019 Sir Julius Vogel Awards. Her third book, Golden City, is due out in 2021. View all posts by Sharon Manssen