Thursday, 23 August 2012

Reviews, submissions and rural dreams

I can't believe it has been a month since my last post but that's what happens when you move to the country and it takes three weeks for the broadband to be connected. I had to resort to using a dongle, which was like going back to 1999 online, so could only do the vital things like work when I could get connected. 

Image credit: Help I Need a Publisher
I managed to get everything done that I needed to for my customers but in the world of what I like to call my "proper writing", I also had the synopsis of my novel reviewed by Nicola Morgan. She wrote the best-selling How to Write a Great Synopsis so I was feeling pretty daunted by what she might have to say but, on the whole, it was a pretty painless experience and it made the world of difference to my confused and confusing synopsis. It has now been re-written again for the umpteenth time and although I know it still needs work, it really is a vast improvement.

The Festival of Writing in York is just two short weeks away now and I managed to get my submissions for the one-to-one's with an agent and book doctor in on time and featuring the shiny new synopsis. I'm really looking forward to the weekend as everyone who will be there will be into reading and writing just as much as I am and I can talk about books for 48 hours. I know...I'm obsessed. Getting more feedback on the first chapter and the planned structure of the novel will also be invaluable too, and you never know I might even win one of the competitions. I live in hope!

(Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
My latest post for the Exmoor Magazine blog has also been published telling of these first couple of weeks in the country. You can read all about it in the blog so all I'll say here is, I'm liking it and so far all my rural dreams are coming true, now I just have to find one of those wild Exmoor ponies.