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Non-fiction – obviously

I’ve spent a lot of my life in the freelance art business, most of it as a full-time artist, making my living from printmaking or pottery. Usually I haven’t had to take another job to keep the bills paid. Of … Continue reading

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Rigged to fail

We’re closing in on the end of 2010. I’ve made two hundred fifty-seven submissions and had twenty-three paid acceptances, plus one that pays in copies. Oh, yes, and two non-fiction paid sales, and a couple of grants. I’ve also had … Continue reading

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And now I wait

A few minutes ago I gave my synopsis and pitch letter another going-over. I don’t know if it’s perfect, but I believe it’s as perfect as I can make it. I sent it in. So now I wait. While I … Continue reading

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The pressure’s on – and off

This month is dedicated to getting the second draft of the young adult novel done and in to Penguin Books. Well, it was. I mean, it still is, but the pressure is off a bit. I don’t have to submit … Continue reading

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Time to celebrate!

At the beginning of 2010 I set myself a goal – fifty submissions to paying venues or contests with cash prizes. I exceeded that goal in March and upped it to 200, and added another goal: twenty sales or wins. … Continue reading

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Stop me before I write more!

The other night my husband and I sat on the couch with tea – we do this sometimes, when he can drag me away from the writing. Actually it’s not quite that bad; he’s home two days a week and … Continue reading

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Feeding the Penguin

The writing is just rolling along! I have another 4,000+ words done, and I’m beginning to feel that I can actually make my deadline. I know that the rewriting is going to be very hard work, especially as I’ll have … Continue reading

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Discipline, discipline

I’m easily distracted; oh, yes, I am. Part of the problem is that I’m an artist who is not wedded to any particular medium. I’ve worked in paper, pottery, textiles and words. I’ve done engraving, linoleum cuts, woodcuts, bookmaking, origami … Continue reading

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The “m” word

I’ve spent most of my life working – and often making a living – in one or another of the arts. If I were to choose a single thing that most makes me want to tear out my hair, it … Continue reading

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She shoots, she misses, she misses, she misses…

…but then – SHE SCORES! Hooray! I resist goal-setting. I think it’s part of my self-image as an artist. You know; artists are disorganised, they’re random, they don’t do things the way other people do, blah, blah, blah. This January, … Continue reading

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