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On this Sunday's Pop-Ups, we have literary fiction from Angel, a romantic thriller from Victoria and Rebecca, adult mainstream/literary from Robert, women's fiction from Bob, horror from Nesta, young adult from Chris... and cosmic irony (yay!) from our very own Kirsten. So do join me!
Received another email from a producer friend in Hollywood. She's asked to see re-write, determined to help me... (she already like the last version and had suggested similar changes to @AgentPete's) so fingers crossed... she's proposing to talk to contacts at Penguin, & Orion films about it (not the constellation). Now all I need is an agent! Having said that... NOTHING may come of it, but one can but dream.
Another reason for backing off writing for a while has been a series of odd symptoms with my right eye. So yes I'm getting Glaucoma, and yes I have Posterior Vitreous Detachment. Not painful, and nothing to be done about it. But I have been freaking out for a couple of months and I have a terrible incapacitating fear of 'opthalmos' (as they call them here in France). I suppose it could have been a worse diagnosis :(
I know... And I'm out all day today in Norwich, with only mobile access which won't allow me to do any admin work here :(
torn between making double the amount of money at a job i dont like at all or stay as i am and keep writing until i get something right. is that stupid of me?
Quillwitch
Quillwitch
Barbara--I had some money set away so that I wouldnt have to take a second job, and now that money is gone and i feel i´ve only advance a tiny bit. As Katie says--lots of procrastination involved. I wish you the best of luck. Planning is a must.
Quillwitch
Quillwitch
The second thing I´m worried about is that it´s a new company, competing with the company i´m working for now, so i´m a bit worried that they might not make it past the first year and then i´d be stuck without a job. argh! Maybe i´m just getting ahead of myself.
Andrew F
Andrew F
Sounds like the set up for one of those prisoner's dilemma type problems.
My entry for the Flash Club is the first thing I've written for ages. I have been feeling crushed by life, desperate about our lack of financial security and the latest near misses with agents, (of the "Sorry, it's very good, but just not for us at the moment" variety). But thanks to Litopia, I might just claw my way back out of the pit.
Barbara
Barbara
Glad you started writing again. Maybe it's time to continue with your new novel? You never know where it will lead you. Keep going, Girl!
Robinne Weiss
Robinne Weiss
You're in good company, Rachel. I'm in a similar funk, feeling like this is never going to go anywhere and I really need to think more concretely about how I'm going to make money now...*sigh* I have no solutions, but I do know that if we hang in there long enough, the pendulum will swing the other way, and we'll find our feet.
I have updated my profile as people are under the impression that only blokes paraglide. It's a myth. I also canoe and dive and ride a motorbike... The canoe image was from two days ago near Baltimore, amidst of bevy of Grey Seals. Magic.
cgovender
cgovender
I've been paragliding too. It's definitely not just for blokes.
Robinne Weiss
Robinne Weiss
At least there's some benefit to an ambiguous name in publishing! I have to laugh, though. I had a friend, Kris, in high school, so the first time I wanted to go out with a guy named Chris, I asked my mom if I could go out with him, but carefully avoided personal pronouns, and she had no idea I was going out with a boy!
Rachel Caldecott-Thornton
Rachel Caldecott-Thornton
There you go, I thought you were a boy :) from somewhere in Africa :)
I lost ALL of the contests in May, but managed to garner enough feedback to revise my first chapter AND query. They are both now MUCH BETTER!!!

The highlight of the feedback? Someone fabricating a racial disparity to complain about in my novel. Good times!
Nice to see your face pop up in my Quora Feed, answering the question 'What is a good, entertaining novel to read? Good luck with your book.
Today I was befriended by an Afghani refugee in Paris (we have the lady, Danika, who I wrote my short story about, in common). He said I was "glorious". When I said, "no, you're very sweet, but I'm not glorious", he answered "You are really and perfectly glorious, because you are mother." My first reaction was to think he must miss his mum so much, and secondly... I wish my kids would see me that way!
Robinne Weiss
Robinne Weiss
How lovely! And you are glorious because you are a mum ... even more so if your kids don't see you that way. It's a thankless job, and one we pour our entire selves into and do every minute of every day to the best of our ability--that's pretty awesome. So go ahead and feel glorious today!
So, I experimentally queried a US agent and got the most impressively fast rejection of my writing career to date. It didn't beat the current Litopia record of 37 minutes, but it was within five hours. And it was on a Sunday.
I'm actually quite concerned about this agent's work/life balance...
KateESal
KateESal
Tried again last night and this time it took 8 hours for the rejection to ping into my inbox. I wasn't too surprised by the verdict, as I belatedly realised the agency wasn't quite looking for my genre, but I had already spent so much time filling in the blimmin' online submission form, I thought I might just as well hit send on the damn thing anyway.
KateESal
KateESal
But anyway, 8 hours... whew.
cgovender
cgovender
Maybe we should start a contest about the fastest/most brutal rejections? At least then they would keep us entertained.
Have turned rejection into action. Query letter (which was fine, but nothing special, I suspect) has been revamped and first three chapters tweaked (again).
Here goes.
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