Tag Archives: Penguin Books

Penguin reducks – um, redux

This morning I logged onto Zoetrope (to which you can find a link under Ampersand’s Writing Sites) to find that one of the members had posted a link to a novel contest, the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Lo and behold, … Continue reading

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Seasonal Affective – creativity?

This morning I had to look twice to be sure that all that white stuff on the ground wasn’t snow, but frost. It was frost. All the same, winter’s coming; I know it, and Sky knows it. Winter is her … 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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Take this novel and…

…rewrite it in 600 words. No, I’m not kidding. That is, apparently, more or less how you do a synopsis. Penguin doesn’t want to see the whole manuscript; all they want is a pitch letter and synopsis. “All” – ha! … Continue reading

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That was a week!

It’s been an incredible week. My cheque arrived, and I got all shaky and fluttery all over again. The feeling that I don’t have to worry about living expenses while I complete this novel is unfamiliar to me. I’m having … 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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Back to the zoo

I’ve now started the rewrite of my young adult novel. While rewriting might, logically, seem like a shorter job than writing, I’m not sure it is. Is it quicker to renovate an existing room or just bulldoze it and build … Continue reading

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Refilling the well

News flash! I haven’t written a story, a poem, an essay or anything like that for a whole week – not since I finished up the first draft of “The Swan Harp”. I think I’ve temporarily written myself out, and … Continue reading

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At lewis ends

When I was a child I read a series of English children’s books about Paddington Bear (so named because he had been found at Paddington tube station). Paddington, in the way of storybook bears, was rather more human than otherwise, … Continue reading

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Yee-hah! Woo-hoo! Hooray! I DID it!!

I have, just within the last hour, finished the first draft of my young adult novel, working title “The Swan Harp”. I am five full days ahead of my revised goal (September 30th) and twenty days ahead of my initial goal … Continue reading

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