Writer Nets a Publisher by Posting Her Novel Online
Byline: Yvonne Tarleton
AFTER receiving countless rejection letters, aspiring writer Leigh Fallon gave up on seeing her novel in print - and put it on the internet instead.
But the mother of four could soon be holding her novel in print form after a publisher read her work an offered her a deal that could spawn three sequels.
Miss Fallon said she had 'almost resigned' herself to never being a professional author until she read about Inkpop, where writers of teenage fiction review each other's work.
Her 'Celtic fantasy', The Carrier Of The Mark tells the story of an American girl who moves to Kinsale and discovers she has supernatural powers, drawn from the ancestral links she has with other teenagers there.
Miss Fallon, who was born in South Africa, but grew up in Rathfarnham, Dublin, before moving to Kinsale, Co. Cork, submitted her manuscript to Inkpop in 2009 and it was voted into the top five on the site. 'To move through the charts, past thousands of books, was the first indication I had that people liked my work,' she said.
Inkpop is different to other websites, she said, because editors from Harper Collins read the most popular books and offer authors advice on how to improve their manuscripts.' The publishers told her that she had the makings of a compelling novel. …