I have had a request for a subject which I plan to post about later this week. If anyone else has a request for something to do with the nuts and bolts of writing, about publishing, how the process works for example, even about my own writing, then please feel free to make a suggestion. I tend to get up and write whatever is in my mind and sometimes it’s more than other days! So please do get in touch.
I also wondered, since we have not done it for a while, if anyone has a small 500-word piece they would like critiqued here on-line for Fiction Clinic, if so we can do it at the end of next week. Please email me firstname.lastname@example.org
And also not had someone In The Spotlight for a while so if you have a novel/short story collection you want to plug and tell us about your writer’s journey particularly, then please do get in touch. I can’t feature them all if I get too many but I can certainly choose!
I also wondered if anyone out there wanted to post a Book Review of something you have read recently really that had an impact on you. I saw the shortlist for the Costa Prize was announced yesterday and I hope to start ticking off some of those books. LIST
Also here are the novel ones:
2014 Costa Novel Award shortlist
Neel Mukherjee for The Lives of Others (Chatto & Windus)
Monique Roffey for House of Ashes (Simon and Schuster)
Ali Smith for How to be both (Hamish Hamilton)
Colm Tóibín for Nora Webster (Viking)
2014 Costa First Novel Award shortlist
Carys Bray for A Song for Issy Bradley (Hutchinson)
Mary Costello for Academy Street (Canongate)
Emma Healey for Elizabeth is Missing (Viking)
Simon Wroe for Chop Chop (Viking)
Any appeal? Perhaps someone out there wants to take one of these and read then review it? It would be interesting to see what is deemed good enough to make this prestigious list? Any takers? Let me know which book you want to read and perhaps we can each take a different one? I did this with the Commonwealth Book Prize when they had it and I loved reading them all and I also chose the same winner!
I do like this blog to be a place where we can not only have me waffling about my own work, but to cover a lot of subjects that will be helpful to both readers and writers.
One day I have told myself I’d like to make it onto one of these lists. That is my goal and now I have said it out loud it has to be. Right?
And one final thing before I go and write the last three or four chapters of Isle of Pelicans (well rewrite and perhaps not all of them today!) — I have decided, in honour of my novel’s first birthday to offer a super low special rate on novel critiques this side of Christmas only. If you have something you want me to copy-edit, write a detailed editorial report, the same type of thing I do for Cornerstone — and throw in a synopsis review and help with your query letter, do it now! 100,000 words usually £300 is only £225! The offer is only for work sent now and will be limited to the first few received.
Here is the LINK.
Please do post your suggestions here in response to my questions and make this blog work for us all!
Have a great day everyone!