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Chuffed. To. Bits. :star-struck:
Delighted to say that my client Michelle Paver’s DARK MATTER will be serialised by BBC Radio Four as their Christmas Book at Bedtime this year. Prepare to be terrified!
Truly, the only thing worse than failure is the faint prospect of success.

I've been invited to pitch the WIP to DHH Literary tomorrow, at their pitching event in Liverpool. It's still more than 24 hours before I even get on the train down there and already I cannot eat, sleep (I've been awake since 4am), sit still or think clearly...
I'd like to meet the numbskull who decided that the best way of opening a CD/DVD drive was by pushing it in! Bent paperclips rule!
Coming up on this Sunday's Pop-Ups... "I Want Out" - a political thriller from Steven McCracken; "The Man Who Lived Twice" - romance from Kenneth McCormick; "Jeanne de Vixouze" - historical fiction from Bruno; "Dead Man Walking" - YA from Micah Carlsen; and "The Devil's Apprentice " - historical fiction from Fiona Fraser-Thomson. Join me live at 5pm UK in the chat room!
Today’s Pop-Up Submissions: science fiction by Dan Payne; historical-fiction by Adam Alexander; fantasy by Abigail Hall; alternative history thriller by Alistair McKechnie; thriller by Raven Taylor. Join us in the Litopia chatroom at 5pm UK!
My husband laughed out loud (at the funny bits) and cried real tears (at the poignant part) when reading the first draft of my YA novel.
Okay, he had some criticisms too...(all useful)
But I call that a definite WIN!
Book 3 done. Now it's decision time: fix book 2? Or start book 4?
Eva Ulian
Eva Ulian
After finishing my WIP, I had a down time period when I did nothing. Then one day, it was as clear as daylight, what I had to do, and there was no choice- I had to re-do the ending of my WIP.
Leonora
Leonora
Book 2 please. Might be more useful for you.
Barbara
Barbara
Okydoky. Will tidy it up a tad then pm you. I pre-shredded the beginning with view to change it. I might be able to dig out a copy without the pre-shredding.
Just back from a weekend in Margate(!) and dying to get stuck into today’s Pop-Ups… see you in the chatroom in an hour’s time!
Visiting my local library today, I browsed the crime novels for new stock coming across a writer unknown to me (who shall remain nameless) whose work was described in the blurb as “Flynn-esque” referring to Gillian Flynn...ouch! Then I had the happy thought that should I ever find success with my Cornish Detective series, would a debut author’s book be described as Whybrow-esque?
Coming up on this Sunday's Pop-Up Submissions... "Secrets on the Marsh Wind" - children's, 9-12+ by Jeremy Barron; "Ten Francs and a Banana" - romantic comedy by Ian Shannon; "The Angrelline" - sci-fi/fantasy by Pete Bonasso; "The 93rd of April" - women's fiction by Sarah Holt and "Century" - literary fiction by Jonathan Page. Join us here in the Litopia chat room at 5pm UK!
Luckily Amazon Sales are a little better, but I got my first royalty statement from Smashwords... 3$87. The big time!
Rachel Caldecott-Thornton
Rachel Caldecott-Thornton
Amazon is different. 10 kindles and around 40 books plus the 12 copies I have sold myself. And this weekend I am on an Authors' table at a Xmas fair.... So not bad. I admit for the first month. But Smashwords, for me, is a joke. Probably it works if you spend on publicity (which I can't do).
CageSage
CageSage
Ooooooh, sorry. I misread. Maybe wishful thinking. Good luck with the fair - they can do okay (better if you can bundle with another book or author, apparently).
Rachel Caldecott-Thornton
Rachel Caldecott-Thornton
Heehee. I thought it was funny. Clearly you misread the figures. It is too easy to get fixated on sales figures with your first book. Especially when you stupidly join a FB group with other writers posting about how much money they are making - quitting day job, paying off mortgage, buying their kids cars etc...
So, I re-injured my foot, writing. Fine. Whatever.
Ah, the bizarre world of the aspiring historical novelist. My last three web searches have been "Elizabethan bawdy song lyrics", "period pain symptoms" and "Are all angels male?"
Katie-Ellen Hazeldine
Katie-Ellen Hazeldine
'Celia the wanton and fair,' was s sexy song featured in Green Darkness by Anya Seton. Of the 4 most famous archangels, Uriel,Gabriel, Michael and Raphael, Gabriel was possibly 'female'.
Andrew Okey
Andrew Okey
Thanks Katie-Ellen, will check that out. For now I've decided to go with a "landscape imagery / coy yet bleedin' obvious" vibe. Something like...
Andrew Okey
Andrew Okey
A Ferraran girl
All shy and blushing
Showed me her ankle.
Her land is gorgeous, lush and fertile
And I had rather seen
The hills and the vale, the hills and the vale!

A Milanese girl
Sweetly condescending
Showed me her nape.
Her land is fulsome, rich with sugars
And I had rather seen

The hills and the vale, the hills and the vale!
Just checked out one of Erica Verillo's wonderful blog updates of agents seeking writers. Every single agent that even vaguely fit my genres has rejected me in the past. I am literally running out of agents on this planet that have not turned me down before. :(
On next Sunday's Pop-Ups..."Water" - ya sci-fi from Andy Dickenson; "Blue Shift" - science fiction from Dan Payne; "love and care" - personal narrative/memoir from shaun deeney; "Pay the Premium" - historical fiction from Joanna Beresford; "The Life and Death of Harry Peace" - crime / thriller from David McKeown. Join us in Litopia's chatroom, 5pm UK
I'm up to Chapter 6 :) An enjoyable read! Off to bed now...
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Barbara
Barbara
Oh, wow!! I'm really glad you're enjoying it so far. I hope your decision to go to bed has nothing to do with tedium in chapter 7. He he he. :D Good night, and sleep well. I hope you don't dream of the Russian Mafia.
Rachel Caldecott-Thornton
Rachel Caldecott-Thornton
Hey how come I'm not reading it??
On today's show... urban fantasy by Jeff Fulmer; adventure chapter book by Sarah Wynne;
horror by Marc McGowan; autobiography/urban drama by George Ofurum; urban fantasy satire by Rob Stoakes. Join us in the chatroom @ 5pm UK
I've long been troubled by a phlegmy cough. Researching natural cures, I saw pineapple juice mixed with grated ginger recommended. It works! Throat feels totally different.
S
Steve C
Living in rural Thailand I am surrounded by natural cures. The local witch doctor lives across the road and cooks up a rather good tea which I suspect is made mostly from the leaves of the marijuana plant. Ginger is a favourite and cures most things from flatulence to cancer. The Thai word for it is 'King.' I tell my wife beer, a natural product is good for my disposition but being tea total she doesn't believe me.
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