Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Brilliant masterclass .......

The SCWBI masterclass was brilliant, a great session from Lil Chase which really made me re-think how to go about plotting/structuring a novel.  I made copious notes which I'll definitely be referring to over and over in the future.  As part of the session we had to write an elevator pitch for our wip.  I've always found these even more terrifying than a synopsis .. at least with a synopsis you've got more than 4/5 sentences to get it right. You know what your book's about but to try and get it into 5 sentences is near enough impossible but I did it and even read it out loud to the rest of the group. 
The session was held just off Leicester Square so after the masterclass was over we had to go to the bar afterwards .... it would have been rude not to and several drinks later (all non alcoholic as I was driving) emerged into a bright sunny afternoon and walked straight into a demonstration marching down the Strand, caught a bus up to Oxford Street and tried on a couple of dresses in Debenhams before going home. 
All together a fabulous day out and one I'd recommend to anyone writing children's/YA fiction.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Blog published on Berko Writers website

I recently attended a great evening at BerkoWriters devoted to writing sex .. not something I need for my current middle grade/YA novel but it was a interesting evening with lots of laughs and readings from novels I hadn't come across before.  On an email sent after the event, there was a request for poeple to write something for their blog.  Determined to get my act together this year I replied and my piece has been published on their blog today ... here's the link ...

Easter weekend is looming and I will make a super human effort to set some time aside to get my final revisions down.  I'm booked on a masterclass in London in May through the SCWBI which is being run by Lil Chase.  I'll be taking my manuscript with me as we'll be going through current projects and looking how to get the pich right, where it would fit in the market place plus the best way to sell them .... can't wait.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Anthology Launch

My brilliant writing group Tring Writers Circle had a launch event last week for our anthology of short stories.  It was a great evening with some captivating readings, wine, nibbles and a great chance to catch up and pat ourselves on the back.  We were lucky enough to secure sponsors to cover the cost of producing the book itself so all proceeds from every book sold will be going to our local hospice. 

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Query sent

Having put it off for the last month I have sent the first three chapters plus synopsis to the agent whom I met at this year's Get Writing Conference.  She'd sent me an encouraging email after the conference plus also passed on comments from an editor who I was due to meet but had been unable to attend.  According to the website if they don't contact you within two months then they're not interested ... so by that score I might hear by the beginning of January but then again I might not.
It's difficult knowing what to concentrate on for NaNoWriMo ... either make a start on book 2 or do I start something new??  Not wanting to spend too much time on book 2 in case the fate of book 1 is to remain on my hard drive I've been doing a mix of the two but am very short of the daily target word count.  I haven't got anything on during the evenings this week so am planning to get a few thousand words down by the weekend ...

Monday, 3 November 2014

NaNoWriMo & competition

Have registered for this year's NaNoWriMo so I can get ahead with the second novel in my middle grade/ya trilogy.  I've made plenty of notes and aim to get the majority of the first draft complete by the end of the month. 
To start getting the word about my novel 'out there' I've entered The Caledonia Novel Award.  The closing date was midnight on 2nd November and, typically, was working on the synopsis late that night.  My computer went on a go slow just as my entry was loading onto the email and I managed to get it emailed over with less than ten minutes to spare .. phew

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Final tweaks

Nearly there .... I've lost count of the number of times I've said that in the past couple of months.  But really, I mean it this time, it is nearly finished.  Having had comments back from my brilliant proof readers I'll be working through the ms tonight and hopefully come up with a final, final, final version by the end of the weekend. 
Then all I need to do is to construct a query email and sparkling synopsis that'll draw anyone and everyone into my plot.  Have been informed that October isn't a good month for contacting agents due to the Book Fair I will be there primed and ready in November to send out my first querying email.
In the meantime I've come up with a great idea for a new novel, entirely unrelated to the trilogy I've been working on.  Have a great title, great begining just need to work out where it'll end.  Oh yes and what happens in the middle :)

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Nearly there

Well my over optimistic plan to finish the edits by the end of May failed.  By the end of June I had come to the conclusion that the majority of chapters needed a lot of rewriting so I set about doing a very hard edit .... the result of this meant I ended up with a novel of just 48,000 words and well short of my 60,000 goal. 
Since then I have been adding/revising daily - I even took it on holiday and made a lot of notes/revisions on the wonderful Isle of Mull.  Last night I began revisions on the final chapter which will be completed by this Saturday.  It's currently being proof read by a very good writing friend and colleage from Tring Writers Circle plus her son is reading it as well and I'm going to get my husband to have a read through too. 
A couple of months ago I emailed one of the editors I'd met at this year's Get Writing Conference.  During my 10 minute facetime session with her she'd been really keen to see the manuscript first and asked me to contact her when it was ready.  So I duly emailed her explaining where I was with the novel and asking if she was still keen to see it but to date she hasn't replied ... I'm not bothered if it's a no and she's not interested, but a reply would have been curteous.  (Nearly wrote the dreaded 'nice' there).
So ... once it's been proof read I'm planning to contact the other agent who very kindly emailed me after we'd met with further feedback and also asking to see it when it was finished.  Fingers crossed I'll get a reply :)