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Featured on today's Pop-Ups...

"Facetime" - humour from Ian Creese;
"Cosmic Park" - crime/thriller from Norton Sims;
"Flock" - literary fiction from Aaron Kent;
"The Numbers on Their Backs" - comic fiction from Martin Ross;
"The Truth Circle" - survival-thriller from Cameron.
 

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Thanks Peter. I'm excited and terrified. I would have loved to have joined you in the chatroom tomorrow, but as these things pan out occasionally, I am singing in Church Christmas choir at a carol service - an irony which I'm sure Rev Peter Laws will appreciate. I will bite my fingernails through the recording though instead.
 

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Does anyone know where we're at now in terms of wait periods for the pop ups? I've got two outstanding - one that's been in purdah for slightly more than a year, the other eight months (which I think was the sort of period RK Capps mentioned a while back?).
 

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Does anyone know where we're at now in terms of wait periods for the pop ups? I've got two outstanding - one that's been in purdah for slightly more than a year, the other eight months (which I think was the sort of period RK Capps mentioned a while back?).
You might be better off attending a Litopia Huddle. I think the next one is in January.
 

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Does anyone know where we're at now in terms of wait periods for the pop ups? I've got two outstanding - one that's been in purdah for slightly more than a year, the other eight months (which I think was the sort of period RK Capps mentioned a while back?).
Hi Andrew, mine was submitted in late April. So that's just under eight months. Hope your two come up soon.
 

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Glad you liked it, @MartinR ! I don't know if you intended it to be set up North, but somehow, that's how the characters spoke to me. :)
 

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It's going to be an enlightening watch. A real clash of the titans, @Dean Baxter. It was bad enough watching the normal show... I wonder if the cat will let me squeeze in behind the sofa with her, so I can adopt the position I adopted as a child watching Dr Who?
 

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Just caught up. Quality reading, again, by @KateESal of a quality piece of work from @MartinR. It made me laugh, which isn't an easy trick to pull off.
Thanks, Dean. That is so nice to hear. Sorry I'm replying out of sync now. Just come off a laborious spreadsheet task and my head is all befuddled. I really enjoyed yours and Kate's winning subs too over the past few weeks. Deserving winners and great writing. It takes a lot to put your head above the parapet and show your labours to the world, but the validation and confidence boost of a PUS win is definitely worth it. It's reinvigorated me to resubmit after stalling somewhat.
 

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Does anyone know where we're at now in terms of wait periods for the pop ups? I've got two outstanding - one that's been in purdah for slightly more than a year, the other eight months (which I think was the sort of period RK Capps mentioned a while back?).

You should definitely attend a huddle, Andrew. I’m actually going to schedule two for January, so you should be able to get in easily.

The backlog issue needs to be addressed, and I’m thinking about it. It is actually a common problem across the industry – agents who don’t respond for months, or who obviously haven’t read your submission when they do. Both are symptoms of over-supply.

One of the (very) unexpected qualities of Pop-Ups is that the overall standard of submission is significantly higher than the typical publishing “slush pile”. This is actually a complicating factor, because it means that we can’t do a quick-and-dirty pre-vet, discarding the obvious no-hopers. We don’t get many really bad ones!
 

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@Andrew Okey I can recommend the huddle. 10 of you get together and talk about each other's stuff with an agent. Difficult to top!
The other alternative is the writer's group section where you can showcase your stuff to members here and get great feedback. I have never personally felt waiting 9 months or more to get comments on only 700 words an attractive option but you can jump the queue for a small contribution.
 

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One of the (very) unexpected qualities of Pop-Ups is that the overall standard of submission is significantly higher than the typical publishing “slush pile”. This is actually a complicating factor, because it means that we can’t do a quick-and-dirty pre-vet, discarding the obvious no-hopers. We don’t get many really bad ones!
That's interesting... I wonder if the prospect of having the whole thing dissected so publically causes sub-happy, what-the-hell, splatter-gun, see-if-anything-sticks type queriers to hold back...

@georginaK Rachel is RK's first name :)
 

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"I have never personally felt waiting 9 months or more to get comments on only 700 words an attractive option"

Steve - in any case, I guess that ship has sailed (in a good way). My latter submission is my WIP and this has (since being sent to pop ups) been longlisted for the Adventures in Fiction New Voices award, and then called in for pitching by DHH (that latter based on the first 5000 words). Forgive my ignorance: what is the length of submission for the huddle?
 

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Forgive my ignorance: what is the length of submission for the huddle?

There is no stipulation. You can post anything in a private area before the meet so everyone is familiar with it. Can be just a blurb you'd like some help with. Or the first few pages of your book. Clearly nothing too long as there is limited time but 1000 words would be fine. Plus you get to look at 8 other peoples stuff and talking about that is also helpful. Can't understand why it is not oversubscribed but will later so get in now :)
 

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Forgive my ignorance: what is the length of submission for the huddle?

There is no stipulation. You can post anything in a private area before the meet so everyone is familiar with it. Can be just a blurb you'd like some help with. Or the first few pages of your book. Clearly nothing too long as there is limited time but 1000 words would be fine. Plus you get to look at 8 other peoples stuff and talking about that is also helpful. Can't understand why it is not oversubscribed but will later so get in now :)
Yeah, the Huddle is superb! (Although I find it weird to talk to folk via computer. I'll get the hang of it soon.) It's great to have that interaction and to be able to ask questions there and then. You'll learn tons from it.
 

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It’s a wonderful service that I fully intend to use very soon. I’ve been in revision mode for so long, I haven’t generated new material lately. But I’m starting now!
 

Pop-Up Submissions with Special Guest Kevin Brooke

Pop-Up Submissions LIVE - 5th January

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