Monday, 6 November 2017

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  Jason Andre is a successful billionaire architect who thinks he can get what he wants when he wants.
  Beth Ashton is a feisty redhead with an up-and-coming career as a landscape designer . . . and she wants nothing to do with Jason.
  From the outset, sparks fly between them.
  She excites him and he infuriates her.
  When Jason's light aircraft crashed and he temporarily loses his sight, Beth steps in and does exactly what she promised she wouldn't do . . . she works for him.
  Beth has stipulated it's to be a working relationship only, but after spending a tempestuous hot steamy night in his bed, their relationship develops into something more.

Happy-ever-after reading...



Friday, 16 June 2017

Submitting to an Agent or Publisher...



Finished the manuscript? What’s the next step?

My latest Regency manuscript was read and critiqued by a professional editorial service. And taking on board the editor’s advice, I made some essential additions to what I had thought was a reasonable first draft. With corrections made, I am now ready to start the long, long, long submission process to a literary agent.
However the dilemma is…can you submit an unedited manuscript or should you go the whole hog and have the MS copy edited and proofread before handing it over?
In other words…is the manuscript finished, does it shine and does it contain perfect punctuation so that it appeals to the reader/agent/publisher; or is it going to hit the slush pile because it needs a final polish?

I’ve been told some literary agents are prepared (and prefer) to copy edit, line edit and proofread a MS themselves prior to approaching a publisher with the MS they represent.
Other agents like the ‘T’ to be crossed and the ‘I’ dotted before you send your submissions to them.

Whether submitting to an agent or publisher, generally you will be asked to provide:
A. A Cover Letter (which contains…)
- Title of your novel
- Author name
- Word count
- Your contact details
- A short bio about you, mentioning your writing experience and credentials, (awards and competitions won, etc.)

B. Your Pitch
This is a short (three sentence) description of your novel. Something you might use in a magazine to promote or advertise the book.

C. A Detailed Synopsis
A synopsis is usually 1-2 pages in length and tells the story from cover to cover. It includes the spoiler…who murdered who, or the Happy-Ever-After ending. As well as giving an outline of what happens as each chapter unfolds, it’s also advisable to give details or at least some sort of insight into your characters emotional motives and conflicts.

D. Sample of Your Novel
Generally an agent or publisher requests you submit the first three chapters of the completed manuscript.

Agents and publishers have their own preferences. Visit their websites, read their submission page carefully, and stick to their rules.
If they request double spaced, font 12, wide margins…then that’s what you give them. If they are only open to postal submissions…then start printing.



Good luck with your submissions…

Sunday, 21 May 2017

A Night On The Town...

As a contender for the 2017 RNA - New Writers' Scheme - Joan Hessayon Award, I have had an absolutely amazing experience. Whilst visiting the capital, we toured the sights, stayed in a wonderful hotel, and of course...attended the RNA's NWS - #JoanHessayonAwards and #SummerParty.

First and foremost I would like to thank all those involved in organising the event. To the judges of the nominated novels, to the admin workers, social media promotors, and the meet and greet name-tag ladies on the door, etc...a big thank you. You made the evening special and a night to remember.

In total, there were eleven of us, and it was lovely to connect with follow contenders:
Victoria Cornwall
Kate Field
Terri Fleming
Jen Gilroy
Morton S Gray
Vivien Hampshire, Author
April Hardy
Emily Kerr
Abbey MacMunn
Lynda Stacey
Wishing you all much success with any books, novels or publication you write in the future.

Congratulation to Kate Field, winner of the Joan Hessayon Award with her debut novel, "The Magic of Ramblings." I hope there are many more of her manuscripts in the making.

And although I didn't return to Bristol with a shiny trophy to put on the mantel, I did however, come away with a sense that I had achieved something. I had achieved publication of my novel and was presented with an accolade...
The Joan Hessayon New Writers' Award 2017 Finalist certificate.

Well done to all of us!

Easter Wishes...