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