Monthly Archives: September 2013

First Stop – Literary Agents

Okay, so about my change of direction. Once I had finished the reworking of my manuscript I was considerably happier with it and felt much more confident. I sent it back to Helen Hart at SilverWood Books who took a … Continue reading

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Website

A quick word about the website, as I mentioned before I had thought I might self publish ‘A Single Step’ so thought I’d set up a very simple website. I say ‘I’ as if I was actually going to be … Continue reading

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Structural Edit

Helen Hart of SilverWood Books came back to me promptly with her appraisal and recommendation that I have a structural edit done with a choice of copy edit if I preferred. A structural edit was what I knew I needed, … Continue reading

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Self Publishing

It was at about this time that people around me (those people on the very short list of those who knew about my book!) started to ask what I was planning to do with it. I hadn’t thought this far … Continue reading

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Reworking and edits – the start of many!

This was the beginning of a series of reworking and edits. My editing consisted of a reworking of many sections, deleting, rewriting, changing words for others that seemed better as I continually second guessed everything I wrote. Suddenly I was … Continue reading

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My first reader for my first novel

I’ve always had a rather, probably rose tinted, view of a writer’s life. I imagined cosy relaxed days of being able to settle down each morning in a quiet place to spend a few hours in the uninterrupted bliss of … Continue reading

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Should’ve paid more attention in school!

As I’ve said I’m a new author writing a first novel but it wasn’t until I started writing that I realised I should’ve paid more attention in school to grammar and punctuation. It’s not like I haven’t written anything over the intervening … Continue reading

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Original character names!?!

One of my earliest difficulties was in coming up with original character names. The main characters were fine, they just came to me by some sort of inspiration. It was all the others (and there are quite a few!) Trying … Continue reading

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Back to work!

I am very lucky; I work for myself, at home and on a freelance basis for several different clients. It gives me a great deal of flexibility but also requires a lot of discipline and I found when I went … Continue reading

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2012 – where it all started…..

2012 was a great year for me. I do realise it’s now actually well through 2013 but I’ve only just been able to pause for breath and try to catch up on everything that’s happened in the last 12 months … Continue reading

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