word count

Word count.

Most people I’ve talked to said that one should not think too much about word count at the beginning of writing. One should write what one wants. Of course there’s come a time when you’ll need to think about which audience your book is for, so you can have a rough idea how long your book should be. Though in my humble opinion, any author more or less knows for which audience he’s writing. Example, a gore horror story will not be good for middle grade, and the author must know that at the outset of writing. Or at least I hope he does.

Anyway, there still remains the crucial point. How long should be my novel? Assuming you know your target audience, here are lampposts to keep in mind.

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on publishing and agents

So I carry on my journey into trying to get my novel published.

I’m a the point where I need to research for an agent, and know more about the publishing world as it is right now.

Here is what I discovered browsing the world-wide-web.

I came upon this article, that talks about the Bologna book fair festival. Of course, it’s a year old, and things can change drastically in a year, but it puts down on paper, what I’ve been hearing for a few months now. So, yes, upper- middle grade books are what, apparently publishers are looking for. I guess, any little square of hope is good to hold on to. I’m just going to have to wait until the end of this year’s fair to know for sure.

I also came across this article. It’s an agent, Danielle Smith,  that talks about what she’s looking for in a Middle grade book. Of course, it’s highly personal, but as she’s an agent that is currently working, her thoughts are always worth taking into acoount.

Read the articles and let me know what you think.

Editing or the emotional roller-coaster

Why use a metaphor?

Editing is not a roller coaster. It is a cold straight forward process, whereby someone reads your text and makes comments, suggests cuts and changes.

From an outsiders point of view it does not seem so terrible.

Not so terrible. This is what I thought.

I had heard my tutor, Catherine Fox, say that one of her book had been edited by 25%. A that time, I was shocked, because having a quarter of the pages you have written thrown down the gutter sounded terribly brutal. But I sort of discarded that because I knew in the end she had a great book out.

My first bite at editing came with the Timelines anthology.

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What if?

What if, or the ability to look a the world like children do.

If you look at kids playing, they do not question who they want to be.

They go: ‘let’s say, I was…’

And they are, a super hero, a fire fighter, the world best football player. They go and save the world, rescue people and score the ultimate goal. With no questions asked.

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Don’t judge yourself

Don’t judge yourself!

This advice came for a wonderful author Sherry Aswhorth, who was my tutor at the time.

We were having a tutorial and I was telling her how I felt more and more worried about what I was writing, and how I believed it was not good enough.

– “Don’t judge yourself. Now is not the time to judge. It is a first draft. You will have plenty of time to judge your work whilst editing.”

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there will never be a time when there is more time

“There will never be a time when there is more time.”

This quote by Livi Michael was an eye opener to me.

Anyone who has ever tried to put pen to paper knows how easy it is to find excuses not to actually sit down and start.

Let me give you an idea. Here you are, all ready to start this wonderful story you have been thinking about for so long. the paper is on the table, the pen in your hand and suddenly you realise that the flowers need watering or they will die. If you happen to be sitting in the kitchen you cannot stand the sight of you dirty oven door. And I could go on and on. It is not that we do not want to get started, it is just that we let life get in the way. Continue reading