The proof has arrived, and it’s looking good, apart from the odd comma needing to be a full stop. Soon sort those out and then I can press the button to say, print…
It’s really lovely to have a proper book after looking at the stories in print on the web. And the very first story in the collection was written with People’s Friend in mind. That was years ago, but it’s a story I liked so kept it in a bottom drawer.
When editor of Creative Frontiers, which has now closed down, Martin West, read the story, he told me that it read like a People’s Friend story to him. So glad I wasn’t a hundred miles out. Then after that first story, which was published in serial form, he asked for another. A month later I wrote another, and so on. He gave the stories the label of – The Archers meets Midsummer Murders.
The theme was the village, set in mid Norfolk, called Redington. The same characters appear in some stories and new ones are added as the pages turn. I’m so attached to the characters and place now that there will be more to follow.
As soon as the book is available, I’ll put a link on here. Also I’ll be doing a giveaway on my blog to one lucky follower.
I’ve got quite a few words written of the next romantic novel. I didn’t sign up to the official November challenge as you probably know, but I’ve got my chapter detail headings, and keep adding more and more information under each one. Now the story is beginning to form and hopefully it will turn into something that will make sense, and follow on from the first one. Always aiming for Mills & Boon, I’m trying to get more passion into this one and focus on the two main characters. When I sent Hats to them, they told me that the minor characters interfered too much. They’re right, but my main character is young and she learns to stick up for herself from the older ones.
Another week is underway, and I’ve been decorating. Rubbing down with sandpaper, undercoating and glossing our landing, hallway and down the stairs. Alan reaches up to the high places, balancing on ladders which I don’t care to watch.
I’ve been entering some competitions, like this one at Cremona Hotel. It’s free to enter, so just time if you have something suitable.
There are some more on that website as well.
I’m in-between jobs as you can see from all the painting and writing I’m doing, and reading of course. Too cold and wet for the garden for me yet. A couple of things lined up, so fingers crossed. In the meantime, I’m editing the first three chapters of my novel to go out to an agent/publisher.
People’s Friend sent a story back to me, and the reply was to say, ‘that the story relied a shade too heavily on the plot, not allowing the characters to spring to life.’ Now, for me, that’s a good response, giving a clear indication of where the story can be improved. Quite often I get, ‘plot not engaging enough to hold the reader’s attention.’ So, I have the plot, now to whoosh the characters up a bit. Somehow, I do have to agree with them. They know what they want, and their readers of course.
Two more stories of mine are available for download on Alfie dog.
Hope you’re all keeping dry and safe. Until next time………. Adios amigos…….
I recently sent in a submission to Mills and Boon.
Today I had a letter back from them saying that they appreciate the care and attention that has gone into the preparation of my submission. That’s a nice thing to say for a start isn’t it? My characters and story are not sufficiently developed for publication in any of their programmes at the moment.
Then they go on to give me top tips, so I’m sharing them on my blog today.
- Ensure that your story and conflict are character driven.
- Focus on the internal emotional conflict of your characters.
- Use secondary characters to add richness and depth to your central romance, but don’t let them take over.
- Target your work to a particular series – this means you need to read current books in the series you are aiming for and understand what that series delivers to the reader.
All helpful stuff, I’m a bit disappointed, but they are fussy with what they want, so I’ll move on to my next plan.
Notice those neat bullet points there? I’ve got my first exam tomorrow. Looking forward to that.
Have you sent your entry in the here yet? Cremona Hotel It’s free to enter, and you win a weekend at the hotel, and £50.00 to spend.
The toucan says ‘You’d beakrazy not to have a go.’