Friday, 24 May 2019

Just subbed to The Future Bookshelf

That's the submission done and dusted.  If you're subbing to them too, I wish you luck!

Thursday, 23 May 2019

In the UK? Unagented? Write for YA?

If you answered "yes!" to all those questions in the title up there 👆👆 then you'll be wanting to know about a publishing house that is looking for under-represented authors who write for YA and above.

The URL you need tomorrow is this one - go get 'em!

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Book review: Manners fit for the Queen by Anne Wan


⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of 5

This is a great book for the older end of picture book listeners, but some of the word choices (Etiquette, improve, disgusting, nervously, expecting, elegantly, delicious, splendid) may not be understood by toddlers and even the older picture book listeners would prolly struggle too.  It's a good way to start discussions about what the words mean and to encourage good table manners (the mirror is an awesome idea!) but I'm knocking off the fifth star purely because of the word choices.

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Which are you?

Just seen this on Facebook.

I tend to flick between "True Plantser" and "Neutral Plotter" but I used to be a die-hard "Lawful Pantser" until the end of my first NaNo and haven't looked back since!

Which one or even two are you?

Friday, 10 May 2019

Book review: Bridge of Lies: Adventures of Letty Parker by Misha Herwin


⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of 5


I have to be honest and say that I wasn’t impressed with the first couple of chapters or with the swearing (f**ts was written in full and uncensored several times which I wouldn’t want a 10 year old to read and ask what it meant) but when the author got into her writing it really flowed and I didn’t want to stop reading it!

If you’re a parent who is looking to start a discussion on swearing in fiction then maybe you won’t mind, but it’s aimed at pure, innocent, 10-12 year old children rather than adults who already know the word and maybe I’m being too fussy about it, but the swearing spoilt it for me unfortunately.  That’s why I’m knocking a star off.

If you can look past the swearing and you want an easy read with a mature-for-her-age (I started out thinking she was in her 20’s) main character then definitely get this book, but parents, please give it a read through yourselves first before just handing it over to your child.

Some of the phrases used, especially at the start of the book, were a bit tough to latch on to because they were laid on so thick and seemingly all at once but again, when the author got into the flow of her writing it just got written so fluidly and naturally!

Keep writing, Misha… you’ve got a wonderful way with words when you get into the head of your characters!

Monday, 29 April 2019

I was wrong about the software...

My members will be able to do more things online when Steve's finished.  It's not software that he's doing, like I'd thought, but an online thing.

Now would be a good time to become a member 'cos it's only my members who will have access to things like this and you will get better prices for crits and stuff too.

I love having every single visitor to my site, but I've already forked out £3400 for the software and online stuff, without even thinking about the yearly cost of the domain name and hosting.

There will always be things for the visitors to the site, but my members will always be my top priority and they will get access to things that the visitors don't, so it's well worth shelling out your money to join the site, considering it's under a tenner for even the most expensive fee!

Friday, 26 April 2019

Keep Out! was rejected this afternoon

Just had a rejection for my MG novel, Keep Out!

Took 7 weeks this time as opposed to 7 days that used to be the average, so I'm getting there slowly!

Not going to sub to anyone else for the time being 'cos I'm gonna sub to SCBWI's UV2020 and I'm gonna re-edit all the MSs again to see if I can make them even better.  Already got 3 subs out there too that I haven't heard back from yet, so don't wanna have too many out there in case I'm taken on by one of them!

It still stings, but at least they let me know, instead of leaving me hanging!