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Wednesday, 8 July 2015

One request for full manuscript

One request for full manuscript - boosted confidence? Check!

Yes, Finally a request for a full manuscript. However, as I found this in my spam mail and no, before you ask, the publisher is verifiable but sadly computer is not!  23 Days later, I sent a small passive reply, explaining said computers fault and then sat back to wait.

Now for those that don't know me or my books, I have been published before. It took two years and that was the picture book and early reader market so I'm not holding my breath. I've also made a jump into the adult world, well sort of as I 'm also finishing off a middle grade book as we speak.

In terms of my adult novel the most recent professional feedback was that if this book was written thirty years ago it would have been picked up immediately. Great! Ironically its a book about time travel haha. So I handed it to the best reader of sci-fi novels - my son. Apart from my brothers who are both great readers but also tend to make comments because I'm their little sister, my son was my best bet. Now they say, never hand your novel to friends and family as they find it difficult to be honest but my relationship with my son is somewhat different. He is honest to the extreme and although at times I've found it slightly awkward, in this case, it's exactly what I needed.

He agreed with the criticism - hooray! He also explained that I had to hit the reader from the get go. The attention span in his generation and his opinion, is used to getting immediate results from anything. Everything is like fast food take outs. Of course, he is generalising but what he is saying makes sense. I love fantasy and sci-fi. I was told by everyone to watch Mad Max. I was a Mad Max fan and of course loved Mel Gibson. 'This is even better than the 'old' movies,' I was told. Excellent, I thought and watched it whilst eagerly awaiting the rest of the plot to play didn't. Basically they travel away from said threat only to realise that there's nothing out there (desert) and return to said threat with less people but a mean intention and because of this beat the bad guys and create a new earth. Mad Max - well he became secondary, a passive, don't want to get involved kind of guy with strange flash backs to a movie or scene I must have missed. A little ghost girl, which insinuated that it was his child. Don't remember that either.  I mean - really??? Did the screen writers actually watch the previous movies?

So with my book I have to change chapters, make it more purge anarchy or mad max and start with the moment that is halfway through the book. This was once know as the arc of the narrative the key climatic moment, in order to hook the reader, publisher, agent. Agents, who are same age as my children, want books that will sell immediately and don't want some old fart who doesn't get it. (I'm talking about me)

So I'm going to hit them, with all of my arsenal. I have a few AK 47 picture book stories, an explosive middle grade book a second volcanic novel plus this one. Hope they're ready.

They think we're not adaptable because we weren't brought up in this generation? Think again. This information shook me to my core and was the wake up call I needed to stand up and shake off the dust. Time to remind everyone that we still count.

We were the innovators at the beginning of that journey and are adaptable to change but at our pace. We also have the patience of a tortoise and unlike some of the hares out there, we finish what we started. We were the anarchists of the 80's generation, nose piercings, hair dying punks, peace loving Bob Marley makers, protestors and campaign shakers and spiritual guru's.  We're the children of the children of wars, the hippies, the fascists, the rascists, the politically unhinged, the fringe groups, the breakers of walls, the bringers of awareness, the ones who said - NO!, The age of aquarius started with us. So piss off, I'm not done yet.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

A reply but no cigar or champagne....yet....

Dear Deborah, 

Thank you for sending us your work, which we have read with interest. 
Although we did enjoy looking at your material, in the end we felt it wasn’t quite right for us. We have to feel absolutely passionate about a new project before taking it on and we didn’t feel strongly enough in this case. 

So far I've received compliments but no takers - it's par of the course I suppose. The last one before this said that I write fluidly and with confidence, that my narrative and dialogue are correct in terms of pace but the story seems too implausible. (Considering its about timetravel - um what?)

I'm not concerned. Oh I did receive a rather polite and embarrassing (no) from a publisher - who thanked me for submitting but did I know that they only publish erotic romance. Hahah - sorry - this is definetly not a fifty shades....

So what am I going to do now. Well naturally continue to write. I've been rejected before then accepted then published. Like I said its par for the course. I will be holding off submitting to any other agents and detaching myself from the book for a while. It will give me a good perspective. I am working on two other books at the moment, one for middle grade and another adult. Still enjoying the process and I'm a big believer that one has to try and fail in order to succeed. CARPE DIEM.

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Sent off my first few queries

Sent them off Friday - five in all and already had one back saying that submission are closed until July 15th. (Not mentioned on the website.)

Oh and I'm not including the automated response with 15minutes that thanked me for my novel (only sent a query letter) but don't feel it's for them. Evidence that some look and some just keep their websites up without an update. I mean, how much time does it take to adjust your website or at least like the last one, that they're not taking on new clients? Other businesses do.

I've decided to take the advice from other writers and change my query letter every five or so. Oh and to also keep writing and try not to check my emails every five minutes. That parts easy as I never do. Last time I looked in my inbox there were a 140 emails there haha.  It's a bit like my mobile. That reminds me - have to go and look for that.  

Wish me luck. :) Most of the ones that I sent to state the time limit is from two weeks to two months, possibly three. I just don't know whether my patience will last that long - self publishing is so much easier.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

I'M BACK!!!!!

Well, it's been an interesting two years as I've had my head down in a book for some reason or the other. I finished Totem but for reasons, I've decided not to publish it as yet. It's back to the drawing board on that one. Instead, I've been working on an adult historical fantasy/timeslip novel. It's with my copy editor as we speak. However, waiting for the arrival of one manuscript - all 112000 words of it is a nightmare. So I've devised ways to avoid boredom, frustration etc by starting a new novel. I'm already 10 000 words in, although at this stage it's about getting it down. Ironing out the gremlins, as I've discovered is a continual ongoing experience. I've also taken to reading for other writers, which in itself has helped me. The craft of learning, never stops. 

So what is the next stage? I hear you ask. Well, I need to proofread the copy, agree or disagree on any changes. My list is like this.

1: Proofread copy and check changes.
2: Revise pitch, query and synopsis - ask yourself if you are getting the message across. 
3: The most frightening - send it out. Now, a long, long time ago, when I was traditionally published, we didn't use agents. We went straight to the publisher, although that was in South Africa. So what to do..
4: Make a decision- focus on agents first. From all the websites, most writers send to at least twenty. 
5: Send to Publishers. I thought I would give it the standard six weeks before sending to Publishers.

The question here is - should I go with indie publishers. There are some good ones out there. Now I know a lot of people think that you might as well self-publish but as I've discovered that's pretty hard too. I like Carina UK because they're part of Harlequine. I'm also considering Choc lit because they promote world wide. From my own experience, I use the kindle now rather than buying the book. This might be a surprise to most people but i simply do not have the space for any more books. You should see my bookshelf - hahaha

6: Wait and continue to write and enjoy life. I already know from previous experience that the publishing industry is slow like a glacier. Even in the nineties, it took at least two years from conception to publication. 

7: If all fails, I still have an option to self-publish - why not? After all, the purpose of the book was to be read. 

Wish me luck

Monday, 15 April 2013

A teaser with speech links in English, French, Spanish and German - let me know if it's 'lost in translation'

A scream of pure terror splits the air around him, freezing his thought and pumping his heart. It continues, getting higher and higher before changing into a wail. The need to curl up and cover his ears is overwhelming and for the first time, Hawk tastes fear. The unexpected pain from his bitten tongue jolts him and he follows the sound with his ears, it’s not far from him, to his left. The sound changes into a wail, then a sob before abruptly stopping. Whoever that was he prayed it was quick and tried not to imagine what was causing the scream. He shivered then, the need to flee coursed through his veins although his ears are still ringing with the sound.

Un cri de terreur pure déchire l'air autour de lui, en congelant sa pensée et en pompant son coeur. Il continue, en devenant plus haut et plus haut avant le fait de changer dans un gémissement. Le besoin de se pelotonner et couvrir ses oreilles est écrasant et pour la première fois, la peur de goûts de Faucon. La douleur inattendue de sa langue mordue le secoue et il suit le son avec ses oreilles, il est pas loin de lui, sur son gaucheyé. Le son change dans un gémissement, ensuite un sanglot auparavant soudainement l'arrêt. Qui que ce soit qui ce soit il a prié c'était rapide et essayé pour ne pas imaginer ce qui provoquait le cri. Il a frissonné alors, le besoin de fuir coursed par ses veines bien que ses oreilles sonnent toujours avec le son.

Un grito del terror puro parte el aire alrededor de él, congelando su pensamiento y bombeando su corazón. Esto sigue, haciéndose más alto y más alto antes de cambiar en un gemido. La necesidad de enroscarse y cubrir sus oídos es aplastante y por primera vez, miedo de gustos de Halcón. El dolor inesperado de su lengua mordida lo sacude y él sigue el sonido con sus oídos, está no lejos de él, a su izquierda. El sonido se cambia en un gemido, luego un sollozo antes repentinamente parada. A quienquiera era él rezó era rápido e intentado para no imaginar lo que causaba el grito. Él tembló entonces, la necesidad de escapar coursed por sus venas aunque sus oídos todavía suenen con el sonido.

Ein Schrei des reinen Terrors spaltet die Luft um ihn, seinen Gedanken erfrieren laßend und sein Herz pumpend. Es macht weiter, höher und höher vor dem Ändern in ein Jammern werdend. Das Bedürfnis, sich zusammenzurollen und seine Ohren zu bedecken, ist überwältigend und zum ersten Mal, Falke-Geschmack-Angst. Der unerwartete Schmerz von seiner gebissenen Zunge rüttelt ihn, und er folgt dem Ton mit seinen Ohren, es ist nicht weit von ihm an seiner linken Seite. Der Ton ändert sich in ein Jammern, dann ein Schluchzen vor dem plötzlich Aufhören. Wer auch immer das war, betete er das war schnell und versucht, um sich nicht vorzustellen, was den Schrei verursachte. Er zitterte dann, das Bedürfnis, gehetzt durch seine Adern zu fliehen, obwohl seine Ohren noch mit dem Ton klingeln.

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Phew - second book is incredibly slow - sorry!

My book seems to have self-hibernated but I hope to have it up and running soon - promise. It's out with Beta Readers at the moment - eeek!!!!