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The weekend

~ This weekend has been a weekend of birthdaying. Yesterday we went Ros’ open afternoon of birthday tea, and got to meet her and Nick’s gorgeous new daughter Sophie. We don’t see Ros and Nick (and James and Sophie) nearly…

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Who’s the publisher now?

In today’s The Guardian there was a profile of Amanda Hocking, the writer who made millions by self-publishing online, and its a story that does give hope to all aspiring writers who are building up an expansive collection of rejection…

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On considering the dream

I’m currently reading 13 Curses, the second book in Michelle Harrison’s trilogy of dark fairies books. She worked for an Oxford-based publisher at the same time as I did (although I never actually knew her) and recently I read this…

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Paperback Writer

I do love BBC4’s The Beauty of Books dearly, but in many ways there could have been just a bit more of this little series. Like in tonight’s one where you went from 1984, to Clockwork Orange, straight through to…

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Rethinking the future of the publishing company

An interesting article on the future of publishing, changing processes within publishers… Rethinking the Publishing Company by Kassia Krozser September 14th, 2010 I think we all know what the publisher of today looks like. The hierarchy and positions have become…

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Another agent down…

I was beginning to think it might be time to start chasing the last batch of agents whom I submitted The End of All Worlds, it being almost exactly two months since I despatched them to languish in the virtual…

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Not like the last No

I’d forgotten what it is like to receive mail addressed to yourself in your own hand on the doormat. I knew exactly what the letter was going to say, even before I opened it. Sadly as regards The End of…

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What a depressing state of affairs… :-

When even former Booker and Nobel Prize winning authors are turned down (if with alternative names) for publication with the infamous, and pretty much standard, reply from major London literary agencies; “Having considered your material, we do not feel, we…

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Now We Are Four

At 08:11:37 hours on 12 February 2003 shepline: the journal was born. Actually, I think it might have been a bit before then, and if I’m honest I’m not sure what the situation is regarding time zones, but it was…

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The Author Biog

When snugglebunnyjm asked me about Project Nelly, this set me thinking about a publisher’s rejection note that aurora_floyd got sent recently. It’s so utterly, completely wrong that publisher’s need there to be a story in an author’s life that make’s…

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So it is possible then…

Part of me desires an agent and a publishing contract with an established publisher’s; part of wishes that I could go it alone. Self-published my work under a new publisher’s (say Shepline Publishing?) that could then maybe publisher other books….

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Blood & Fire: a work in progress

Duration: Four months (of which two months September-October 2001) Pages: 76 Words: 20, 251 Chapters: 2 Paragraphs: 617 Lines: 1,931 This is going to be the one. I can feel it. I can sense it. It has a certain life…

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Blood & Fire: a work in progress


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Duration: Four months (of which two months September-October 2001) Pages: 76 Words: 20, 251 Chapters: 2 Paragraphs: 617 Lines: 1,931 This is going to be the one. I can feel it. I can sense it. It has a certain life…

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