All posts tagged: publishing

A Girl Called Spider #ThrowbackThursday

She sat smoking three seats away from the door, cigarette pinched between black talons as she waited for the boy in a green apron to bring her coffee. ‘There is something of the devil about that one,’ whispered an old woman standing in line. She leant in so her companion could hear. ‘Something unnatural.’ The pair twisted to stare; peering over round spectacles to examine the girl in black leather and brass buckles. ‘Very unnatural,’ hissed the old woman’s companion. “Not the right sort at all!” The girl sighed, pouring the smoke from her lips. She smiled at the old women and stabbed out the cigarette on the table-top. ‘Problem ladies?’ she asked. ‘This is a no smoking zone!’ squawked the first, pointing a shrivelling, stumpy finger at the no smoking sign just beside the door. ‘You are no supposed to smoke that,’ she pointed at the crushed cigarette, ‘in here.’ The girl smiled again, teeth bone white against ebony gloss. ‘I must have missed the sign,’ she said, curling her lips back further. The …

What Not To Do When Sending Off Your Manuscript

Originally posted on A Writer's Path:
? All right, as some of you know, I recently did some work for a publishing press. What I did was read unsolicited manuscripts (stories sent by authors with no agent) and decide if my boss should read it and publish it. During the weeks I spent doing this, I came to discover that authors really do have the worst habits. Everything below is something an author has done and that I’ve read first hand. In order for you to do better, here’s my advice: ? Names: For god’s sake, put your name on your submission. Holy s***, why is this something I actually need to say?! Write? Your? Name? With? Capital? Letters? You guys, this is a joke. It should be “John Smith”, not “John smith”. If you are sending in more than one submission, do NOT change your name on each submission. I’ve seen authors go from “John Smith” to “J A Smith”. Please don’t. (Note that this does not include pseudonyms, which are entirely different.) Additionally,…

Organising Up

I’ve been buying notebooks again, however I do believe that this is based on fair reasoning. In preparation for the third of April, when I will be launching my new book of poetry and stories at the Shrewsbury Coffee House, I’m attempting to attend more poetry open mic nights. Since most of my poetry is spread over an accumulation of about five individual notepads, interspersed with inspirational imagery, chapters from fan fictions and layouts for original chapters, a new form of organisation seemed overdue. The plain notepad is the new one. Dedicated to poetry only, and what is more, dedicated to completed poems only. It is what I will hopefully be reading from at any future open mic nights and what I should be reading from on the third of April. (Though that night I may read just from the book.) Do leave a message if you know of any up and coming poetry nights in the U.K, preferably around Shropshire or Bath. Even if they’re not open mic, it is still nice to go …

Proof Copy Ordered!

I have finally finalised a small collection of poems. (Eighteen) Anyway, thanks to blurb, I now have this poems in a shiny, all proffessionaly looking mock up of a book and have ordered a copy to work like a final proof. If it on looks good on delivery then I will be able to put the collection up for public sale! There are a couple or new poems, but it is mainly redrafted works from the site and my DA account. However, they are all pulled together into a physical paperback! Woo!

Planning for July

Next month writers across the world will once again decide to re-affirm their insanity by setting themselves the challenge of writing a whole novel in just one month. My own word count for this July’s Camp NaNoWriMo is 60,000 words, which is both completely ridiculous and assumptive since I have never managed to complete one of these National *insert literature type* "Writing Month challenges yet. I have a good feeling about next month though. Partly because of my almost completion of NaPoWriMo, (hey! I gave that one a good crack, it beat December Form Challenge), and partly because I managed 17,000 words in November which is my best word-count for a NaNoWriMo so far. I also have an awesome synopsis for my choice of plot.   DARKENED DAUGHTER Nicholas Hunt has worked for the Rebels all his life, all seventeen years of it. Never once did he question their motives or orders. Until now. The rebels have put a price on the head of Tara Gravitell, the daughter of a King and Princess of the …