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Discussion in 'Café Life' started by Barbara, Nov 10, 2017.

  1. Barbara

    Barbara Member

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    Hi All, a newbee here. I can't wait to participate on the forum. Just a view words to introduce myself: I'm Swiss, I live in Cambridgeshire, and I have just finished writing my first novel. I'm not a native English speaker, so I will try my best to keep my Swiss-glish to a minimum when I post here. I look forward to meeting you all. Happy Writing everyone.
     
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  2. Paul Whybrow

    Paul Whybrow Venerated Member

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    Welcome to the Colony, Barbara.
     
  3. Barbara

    Barbara Member

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    Thank you. Nice to meet you.
     
  4. Lex Black

    Lex Black Respected Member

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    Welcome to the Colony!
     
  5. Barbara

    Barbara Member

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    Hi Lex, and thank you. It's exciting to be here.
     
  6. Rich.

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    Swiss-glish is good; it's all Span-glish where I am. A healthy dose of mix-it-up-glish is good for a language. Welcome to the Colony, Barbara!
     
  7. Katie-Ellen Hazeldine

    Katie-Ellen Hazeldine Venerated Member Founding Member

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    Hello :) Well done on finishing a first novel. What sort of novel is it? Where in Switzerland are you here from?
     
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  8. Barbara

    Barbara Member

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    Hey, Rich. Thanks for the kind welcome. Your 'mix-it-up-glish' made me smile. I take it from your Span-glish comment that you live in the sun?
     
  9. Barbara

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    Hi Katie, nice to meet you. It's a novel about an old lady who claims the Mafia is after her. I call it a playful mystery thriller. I'm from a tiny town near Lucerne. Been in the UK for ages though. Are you writing novels as well?
     
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  10. Geoff

    Geoff Well-Known Member Founding Member

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    Good evening Barbara and welcome to Litopia!
     
  11. Rich.

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    Yeah, but in the mountains not the beach. It's chilly now. Sunny but chilly.

    I like the sound of your mystery thriller. Are you looking for agents/publishers now?
     
  12. Barbara

    Barbara Member

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    Thank you, Geoff.
     
  13. Barbara

    Barbara Member

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    Spanish mountains ... nice!! And yes, the big agent/publisher hunt has begun. I'm assuming you had work published?
     
  14. Carol Rose

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    Welcome! :D
     
  15. Barbara

    Barbara Member

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    Thank you, Carol.
     
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  16. Rich.

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    A few encouraging rejections but not yet! I'm in the same place as you: one novel written and out on submission. Different genre though: historical fantasy... but also a thriller (a bit of a mashup of genres, in fact, which is probably why no one wants it!).
     
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  17. Barbara

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    You mean, nobody wants it just YET. I'm sure you'll get there. Sometimes we have to wait for the market to catch up. I think genre mash up will become bigger evenutally. Have you thought of turning it into a movie script? Or a stage play, even? (I used to do some acting, hence this is my default thinking.) I've got the same problem with a kids novels I co-wrote. It really is for adults, but as an animated script it would work a treat. Might be a way to go?
     
  18. Ancora Imparo

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    Welcome, Barbara. Carry on Swiss-glishing all you want! I'm Scottish, and if I wrote how I sounded... naebday wid unerstaun a wurrd... :eek: :) Good luck with your novel.
     
  19. Barbara

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    Hey, Ancora. Thank you for your welcome. And I love you Scott-glish!
     
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  20. Island Writer

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    Hi Barbara - great to meet you and welcome to the colony! I've been a member for a long time... but am not as active as I once was as I'm now more focussed on the editorial side than on writing, but I still keep my hand in!
     
  21. Barbara

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    Hi Island Writer, and thank you for your welcome.
     
  22. Katie-Ellen Hazeldine

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    I have been to Lucerne :) It's what they call a 'cozy mystery.' Daisy Waugh has just published a novel in that category...The Prime of Ms Dolly Greene. Clearly there's a current market. Yes, I've got a finished novel, a grieving (and psychic) policeman with unfinished personal business, and an older finished one in a drawer that could work as its prequel or sequel.
     
  23. Barbara

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    Your psychic policeman novel sounds intriguing!! Is it published? If so, I'll track it down. Thanks for the Daisy Waugh info. I'll check her out. I've just started the agent hunt, and have also submitted the novel to the pop up submission event. I'm now trying to figure out how to watch the event live. I'm not a big facebooker and have never watched anything live on there. I'm assuming you've participated in the past? Do I just go onto the litopia FB site?
     
  24. Katie-Ellen Hazeldine

    Katie-Ellen Hazeldine Venerated Member Founding Member

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    Yes, you'll see when it goes live. You need to click on the toaster cartoon bit. The psychic policeman is not published. Yes, I've done 2 Pop-Ups. 2 different manuscripts. I found it incisive and useful to get that agent's take on which bits worked and where my blind spots might be. Instructions here: Pop-Up Submissions


     
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  25. Barbara

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  26. Barbara

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    Appologies, Katie, something seems to have gone astray with my response to your last comment. Call me Clumsy-Fingers. Anyway, here it is again:
    Thank you for posting the link to the instructions. I hope you get your novel published soon. Will you take part in the Pop-Up this time too? I assume we can watch when they go through everyone else's work? If so I'll look out for yours. It sounds interesting.
     
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  27. Katie-Ellen Hazeldine

    Katie-Ellen Hazeldine Venerated Member Founding Member

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    I will be away tomorrow or I would listen in, though not submitting on this occasion. I had my turn, and others are waiting. It's well worth a listen even if you are not submitting. People sometimes log out after they've had 'their' turn, but it's an opportunity to study crafting because we get to see the scripts for ourselves while Peter is talking about them. They are taken down again immediately afterwards, to protect your intellectual property.
     
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  28. Barbara

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    Sounds like a good learning opportunity! I'll definitely watch everyone else's. - If he runs out time, do we have to re-submit the week after, or does he continue where he's left off?
     
  29. Katie-Ellen Hazeldine

    Katie-Ellen Hazeldine Venerated Member Founding Member

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    He has soldiered on before and gone through the list, and spent 2+ hours doing so, but that's been possible because not everyone who subs then turns up and tunes in (can you believe it?)

    I imagine if he was maxed, he'd simply roll the subs over to the next session. What says @AgentPete?
     
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  30. Barbara

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    Wow. That's true dedication!! How do we let him know that we're there, and watching?
     

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