Cover art by Baby Duka.
My debut novel, The Glass Door, is coming out soon. It will be published by Dalzell Press and will be available in book form, as well as on Kindle and audiobook (soon).
I finished writing this book many years ago, and since then it has been on a long, long, often times intensely frustrating journey to publication. When I won my first prize with it and was scouted and picked up by an agent I thought, This. is. it. That was back in 2012.
It went nowhere, was rejected and rejected and fell flat. Everything stopped. Then I was approached by my now (and very wonderful) agent, Paul Feldstein, through winning the Irish Writers Centre Greenbean Novel Fair in 2016, only to have the book rejected again by countless bricks-and-mortar publishers over the last two years. It has been a long and tiring road. And it has been at times beyond upsetting and discouraging. There were many moments I wanted to curl into the dark hole of giving up; but something - stubborness, insanity, masochism - has kept me following this path.
Going the White Glove route was not something I foresaw, but it is opening a new space in publishing that interests me, and it makes The Glass Door available worldwide at once, an exciting prospect.
I am happy to have this new way of sharing my work with readers when the traditional routes have not gone to plan. I have been nurturing this book for a decade, keeping it warm, whispering to it that there's still hope. I will be so glad to give it its wings at long last...
It will be launching in September 2018. Final dates to follow soon.
RM Clarke is a writer and voice-over artist. She has written for various literary mags and anthologies and won awards. She has put her voice to most things she can think of.