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Please leave your ego at the door

Saturday, 1 July 2017

I am up to my knees in blood.  

You know the expression - “killing your babies”.  It’s what the literary trade terms cutting your favourite sentences out, editing your book ruthlessly.  It’s what I’ve been doing these last few weeks, as advised by Elizabeth, my editor.  Believe me, we’re talking mass murder here, the slaughter of innocent sentences by the dozen.  Something like this…

Elizabeth…

On editing and a new Unbound novel

Monday, 27 March 2017

I think an update is long overdue!  Sorry...



I received my first editorial feedback six weeks ago and have been editing and revising A Thing of the Moment broadly in line with the recommendations of Elizabeth _________ (my Unbound-assigned editor) that came in the form of five sides of A4 with the following headings: “Structure and Plotting”, “Pacing/Tension”, “Characters” and “Language”.  Elizabeth…

A Thing of the Moment is now fully funded.

Friday, 16 December 2016

Dear friends and supporters

A Thing of the Moment is now fully funded.  A heartfelt Thank you.  

I am as touched by friends who have proved their kindness and given me their support as I am pleased by strangers who, by their pledging, have indicated that they see something of value in my synopsis and in the excerpts I posted.

In either case, thank you!  Thank you for having pledged, for having…

The choice of excerpt

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

I've changed the excerpt.  Two readers (who have read the book in its entirety) thought to tell me they considered it unrepresentative of the book as a whole.  One found my choice of excerpt too "dark" and said that the book carries more optimism than that excerpt suggests.  Another thought it too "masculine", when the voices are actually all women's, adding, "and no-one will look Rorschach inkblot…

Strap lines, titles, philosophy and two Unbounders

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

I sometimes think it harder to write the ‘blurb’ or strap line for a book than the book itself.

For the strap line, I had wanted two sentences from John Gray’s Straw Dogs: “The I is a thing of the moment, and yet our lives are ruled by it.  We cannot rid ourselves of this inexistent thing.”

Clearly, that’s where my novel’s title is from but I had to wait for permission from The Wylie Agency…

About the rewards

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Stec

What on earth is “the author’s shed”?  I asked myself the same question.  Given that part of the deal is that my supporters get immediate access to it, I thought it best to find out and to put something in it – here it is.

The shed is essentially a project blog to which I can add exclusive content, project updates, excerpts from the book – in short, anything I like.

I thought that for…

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