Sunday, 28 September 2014

Submission Update

Okay, so...slight delay in sending out the manuscript. Got bogged down in obsessively rewriting the opening paragraph. Letting go is so hard!  Anyway, job done, it has finally gone. No turning back now!

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Ready for Rejection

Completed, polished manuscript. Check.
Brief synopsis. Check.
Covering letter. Check.

Ready for Rejection? Um...

Here goes then. It's time to release my manuscript into the wild. Too long has it spent in captivity, nurtured by my gentle hand...Oh get on with it!

So, I have selected an Agent and I will send my covering letter, synopsis and first three chapters, and then sit back and wait. I've grown my fingernails long in preparation. They will be nibbled to the quick in no time. Will the six weeks response time drag, or will it fly by?

Over the coming weeks and months I will keep a (b)log of  the developments as my manuscript finally fends for itself in the big, wide world...

Fingers crossed!

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Editing Tools

Here are ten things you need when editing (this is not an exhaustive list!):

  1. A nice pen - mine's a Sheaffer - for making notes.
  2. A red pen - Bic medium - for marking changes.
  3. Post-it notes for marking places in the manuscript / annotations.
  4. Index cards for chapter synopses / plot points.  These can be easily shuffled for better flow of story.
  5. A small leather journal for capturing editing ideas on the move.  Best used with Sheaffer pen.
  6. Glasses - if you need them!
  7. Time.  Plenty of protected time away from any distractions e.g. Blogs!
  8. Water.  I keep mine chilled in a little fridge under my desk.
  9. Tea and Coffee.  I tend to alternate depending on mood or desired outcome.  Coffee for a serious burst of writing.  Tea for slower contemplation.
  10. Dictionary / Thesaurus / Spell check (3 for the price of 1!)
  11. A Brucie bonus for when you get to the end - the very end, mind - a Schimmelpennick cigar.  Smoke it or simply hold it in your mouth.  Whatever you go for, know that you deserve it.

Saturday, 20 April 2013

The Editing Begins

So here it is.  A completed first draft.  A thing of beauty and weight.  A tangible slab of effort and evenings and week-ends, formed from layers of crisp white paper and black ink.  Ninety-thousand words sweated through pores, wrung from brain cells, forcibly extracted...okay so sounds like it was a real hardship, but on reflection, well...yeah, it was a hardship.  But it's done.  And boy does it feel great to hold. The difference between something on screen and something in your hand, the virtual and the real, is exciting.  My work has three dimensions (physically - let's hope it has three dimensions emotionally!)

The Editing begins.  I've had an initial read through and I still feel positive.  Over the next few days or weeks, or however long it takes I'll start to edit for plot and consistency and make sure that the story is in the right order and that it makes good sense.  That's my first target.  Here goes...