Monthly Archives: February 2016

The Toothpuller

I want money. Why else would I live a vagrant’s life on the roads of Holland, seeking mouths to stick my fingers in? Oh I might say I do it to deliver people from their pain, but you’ve poured a

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Lessons from the agents 3: Acceptance and beyond

An agent’s role is to sell a novel to a publisher. Expect to be edited by both the agent and the publisher. The first payment is an advance, followed by royalties if the advance is earned out. If it does

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Westminster Bridge

Earth has not anything to show more fair: Dull would he be of soul who could pass by A sight so touching in its majesty Chester had wanted this moment since he first read the lines at fifteen years old.

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Lessons from the agents 2: The submission package

The cover letter should introduce you and the novel in one page. The first three chapters really means about 50 pages, and that’s the main selling point. The synopsis should be one double line-spaced page. The agent will read the

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Recommended Article: Ursula K Le Guin navigates the ocean of story

Ursula K Le Guin recently compiled various peoples’ thoughts on criticism and critiquing at the Book View Cafe. I’ll put the link here as it’s not a platform I can reblog directly. The main thing that comes out of it

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No Regrets

“Regrets are for losers,” said Malcolm. Imogen rolled her eyes. Her brother hadn’t changed much since he’d rolled his toy tank through her Sylvanian family. When Imogen dragged their mother in to arbitrate, he explained that a bunch of rabbits

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Lessons from the Agents 1: Don’t mess it up

Thirty writers met two agents and learned a great deal. A submission package consists of a cover letter, a synopsis and the first three chapters. A large number of people make basic errors with the cover letter. The agent is

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Heart of Rock

The first time I saw you was the last time I heard his voice. That means nothing to you. You can’t see. You can’t hear. But it’s human nature to see a heart in whatever touches our own hearts. When

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Greater Minds: Hilary Mantel takes a potshot at Margaret Thatcher

In 1983, Hilary Mantel watched Margaret Thatcher leave a hospital. In 2014, Mantel wrote the short story, The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher. Mantel’s story re-ignited the controversy that still surrounds Thatcher’s legacy. Mantel asked whether keeping on the right side

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