We’re submitting my book to publishers

[This post is imported from my old Livejournal account, where I blogged from 2007-2015.]

Why, hello, yes i AM still alive and well and able to type out blog entries in my spare time, so it’s a mystery why i haven’t updated in so long.

Wait, no it’s not. I don’t have any spare time anymore! Hahaha free time what even is that, amirite guys (sob).

I started my masters research and since then I have been sucked into a black hole of labwork and cute phd students (so.many.babes.) and meetings and learning to use every piece of equipment under the planet and I’m having SUCH A GOOD TIME. Everyone is perfect and my project is amazing and I want to do what I am doing right now for the rest of my life. (I’m doing a couple of modules too in cosmology and astrophysics and the like, but I s2g they have yet to enter my consciousness in anything other than ‘ooh! A lecture! An hour I can sit down and nap and not worry about thing exploding in my face!’)

I will explain my project in detail at some point, but basically I’m looking at using a fancy piece of equipment to hydrogenate organic molecules in a more environmentally friendly manner, and trying to find the optimum conditions for it to work in. It’s a lot of pouring liquids and running NMRs and crying when we get unexpected results.

Anyway I TOTALLY KNOW that none of you care about that, so let’s talk about what you are all here for (haha I’m kidding, no one uses lj anymore it’s just ME). MY BOOK, which is currently known as Untitled Manuscript, because apparently ‘The red earth rolls is too literary a title for the blockbuster this is hopefully destined to be’ according to my agent.

After I spent approx my entire life rewriting, we are finally submitting to publishers next week, so I’m oscillating between terror and excitement on a particularly increased rate atm. Next week editors are going to be getting phone calls about my book and hopefully reading it and ???? ? ????????

I had to write an official outline for the sequel, which makes it REAL and it was kind of more stressful than finishing the first one, because i had to turn vague mental details into solid decisions and aaaaah the whole plot is going to fall apart why did i write so many cliffhangers???

And it’s done! I sent off the final draft and I have heroically stopped myself reopening it to start editing again, and I am so glad I have work up to my ears because I will not survive this is any other way than just living in the lab until the deadline.

Wish me luck, or a slightly accelerated agonising death, pls!

Published by Lauren James

Lauren James is the twice Carnegie-nominated British author of many Young Adult novels, including Green Rising, The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker and The Loneliest Girl in the Universe. She is a RLF Royal Fellow, freelance editor and screenwriter. Lauren is the founder of the Climate Fiction Writers League, and on the board of the Authors & Illustrators Sustainability Working Group through the Society of Authors. Her books have sold over a hundred thousand copies worldwide and been translated into six languages. The Quiet at the End of the World was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize and STEAM Children’s Book Award. Her other novels include The Next Together series, the dyslexia-friendly novella series The Watchmaker and the Duke and serialised online novel An Unauthorised Fan Treatise. She was born in 1992, and has a Masters degree from the University of Nottingham, where she studied Chemistry and Physics. Lauren is a passionate advocate of STEM further education, and many of her books feature female scientists in prominent roles. She sold the rights to her first novel when she was 21, whilst she was still at university. Her writing has been described as ‘gripping romantic sci-fi’ by the Wall Street Journal and ‘a strange, witty, compulsively unpredictable read which blows most of its new YA-suspense brethren out of the water’ by Entertainment Weekly. Lauren lives in the West Midlands and is an Arts Council grant recipient. She has written articles for numerous publications, including the Guardian, Buzzfeed, Den of Geek, The Toast, and the Children’s Writers and Artist’s Yearbook 2022. She has taught creative writing for Coventry University, WriteMentor, and Writing West Midlands.

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