Progress report

I have a few success stories to crow about, so I’ll let them all go here.

First, I’m proud to have three poems in the anthology As the World Burns published by Indie Blue. I get a special thrill that my third entry is the poem that closes the collection. Yes, my desk is a mess but I can’t tidy it because of the ladybirds hibernating on it.



Second reason to be cheerful, a haibun of mine is one of the Ekphrastic Review’s five nominations for the Sonder Press’s Best Small Fictions anthology!

Thirdโ€”my second collection of poems, birds and other feathers will be available in kindle version from November 27th (husband’s birthday) but the print version will have to wait until I’ve seen a proof copy, and that is in the hands of the postal service.

BAOF single

And last, but not least, I have finished another novel! I know, I do this often and nothing happens. One day though, I hope to be able to say, and somebody has picked it up.


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

64 thoughts on “Progress report”

    1. Thank you! They gave me a pantechnicon engine instead of a cinquecento, I think ๐Ÿ™‚
      Glad you like the cover. I can only do simple as I can’t get any sense out of apps like photoshop. They look like hospital monitors to me.

      1. It’s good to have a recognisable style. A ‘good’ recognisable style that doesn’t make the reader groan and skip to the next poem ๐Ÿ™‚ (your style is the opposite to that one)

      2. Well, thank you for that!
        Yes, there are some poets. . .
        Your style is also recognizable and the opposite of that. (Well, it would be, wouldn’t it?) ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Thank you!
      No, I’m not self-publishing novels. It’s too heart-breaking all the work that goes into writing, editing, formatting, for nobody to even read it. And they won’t, unless I were to spend a fortune on promotion. Which isn’t going to happen.

    1. Thank you! I like the effect too. I only do simple ๐Ÿ™‚
      The novel? The usual; sea monsters, rape, beheadings, magic, incest, shape-shifting. The kind of stuff nobody is interested in.

  1. Congratulations on your accomplishments! I remember when a poem of mine was selected for an anthology; it was very exciting. I too published a book of poetry on Amazon, and am working on my second novel. I understand the frustration of waiting for your book to be picked up! I’ve had over 70 rejections so far on my first one. But as the agents keep reminding me reach time they so kindly say NO (lol), the market is subjective! They have to push what is selling at the time. I try to use it as motivation for my current book, because who knows… maybe it will be what’s tending before the first one ever is๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ
    I’m going to follow your blog and your progress- you should come visit me and check out my work! Have a good one ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll just keep on adding to the pile of unpublished manuscripts. As you say, one day fashion will change and maybe what I write will be considered ‘mainstream’ enough for a publisher to be interested in it.
      I remember trying to access your blog weeks ago and couldn’t. There still isn’t a link to it. Your blog isn’t installed properly for some reason.

      1. Shoot. I’ve acquired a few followers, so I don’t know what the issue would be. It’s on a Google search ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ
        Anyway regarding getting published, it can definitely be disheartening. But I try to use each rejection as fuel to the fire rather than get discouraged. Good luck!

      2. You need to get your blog linked up to all the other WP blogs so people can find you in their reader, and also so you leave a link to you blog with your comments otherwise nobody will be able to find you.
        If you’re getting rejections that’s something. Most agents don’t even bother sending out form rejections.

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