Marc's Writer's Blog


A bit about myself:

My name is Marc Lensly, born and bred in South Africa and living in Belgium since 1995. Apart from writing stories (mainly for children, middle grade and young adults), I occasionally try my hand at theatre scripts as well. My writing is more than just a hobby, as I'm trying to get published at the moment.

For the time being I earn a living by teaching English at various language centres and I do translations, Dutch into English, from home.


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I thought I was well-prepared for the eventual rejections that I would receive from publishers and literary agents. Well, I still think I am, but to get two rejections in two days was a bit tough. Especially the last one that came today. The agency's website says it take +/- 8 weeks for a reply and I got a reply in less than 48 hours after submission. So, I'm wondering now: did that guy actually read my query, or does he just send automated rejection responses out if he doesn't like the title of a book/manuscript?

This might sound a bit bitter, so early in the game, but can anyone blame me?

Then again, I found this wonderful image and I will cling to this for a while.

I'm a bit worried now after I have read an article from an author somewhere. She says that one should not start with the story 'too soon'. Meaning, I think, that there shouldn't be a long part of the story before the action actually starts. In 'Gemima', quite a lot happens before the actual 'action' starts. all of this is necessary, as far as I'm concerned, to get to know the characters a bit. The parents, for example, form a crucial part of the story, but they are not even in the section of the story where the 'magical' happens. Not sure if I should address this, or just leave it they way I think it's important for me and the story.

Any views on this? I.e. what's your experience when you read a book?

I have written three manuscripts over the past few years. Initially I tried to get them published, but just gave up after a while; a few rejections, but mainly because of the 'partnership' offers that I got. You know, 'you don't have a track record; you pay a share and we'll do all the work' and other nonsense like that.

But, if you give up your dream, you die.

So, I've been busy now for well over a month to edit, proofread, edit some more, rewrite, edit again, in order to get my manuscripts better than what they were before. I am especially focusing on 'Gemima Mongoose - Back in time' at the moment: a realism fantasy about the 10-year old Gemima Mongoose and her 8-year old little brother who travel back in time due to a magic spell.

So, busy with queries, pitching like crazy and contacting a lot of publishers and literary agents. If one does not try, one can never accomplish anything, right?

I will update regularly here in my blog and I hope you all will pop in to read about the progress.

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