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SILENCIO – Now available for pre-order on Apple

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I have just been told that my novel is available for pre-order through Apple. Other retailer links to follow.

http://www.troubador.co.uk/book_info.asp?bookid=3707

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Day 3 of Scrivener

I finally made it through the Tutorial and have input the information on my characters and settings using the templates, uploaded my first chapter onto the editor and created some categories for my research binder. Now, in theory, I am ready to continue writing. However, I still have to work out how to use the inspector effectively. Apparently this will show me a synopsis of what I am working on in an index card type of display.

Okay, jargon aside, let me discuss what I have discovered so far.

Hurray, I will not lose my place in my work if I am working on page 3 and want to look at page 999 (I wish) to check consistency.

I will be able to look at the story line for each character by hitting a few buttons.

My research can be held on tap so that I am able to switch views between it and my document.

At the end (in 1, 2 or however many years it takes) I will be able to convert the document into any format I wish.

Sadly, the package will not replace adjectives with strong verbs, write what I know, or create the perfect best-selling novel.

Update in a few days everyone.

By the way, one of my readers, scottishmomus at wordpress, used a different package called Yriter5 and was pleased with its performance.

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Winchester Writers Conference Feedback

Last weekend I attended my first Winchester Writers Conference. Although the conference lasted three days I opted for the Saturday as the programme was best suited to my interest and purse.

The day got off to a great start with the plenary address by Julian Fellows and his wife, the beautiful Lady Emma. They were entertaining, intelligent and inspirational. Although he is best known for his recent success with ‘Downton Abbey’ Julian Fellows has an impressive resume in writing and acting. He is incredibly funny and must be wonderful to work with. Lady Emma is clearly ‘the woman behind the great man’, making her own valuable contribution to his work and her outfit had me scanning the fashion shops to copy.

The other guest speaker was a young man, Lt. Ian Thornton. He is a serving officer and moved his audience to tears with his tale of the loss of his brother in conflict four years ago. When his brother’s personal effects were returned to his family they included a diary detailing daily life on the front line. Collecting together more diaries of active personnel including some of his own, Lt Thornton has been involved in the publication of the book ‘Helmand’ about life on active duty. The proceeds go to a charity set up in his brother’s name.

This amazing introduction was followed by a series of self selected one hour seminars on different aspects of the business of writing and publication. My choices included Self Editing Before Submission, Avoiding the Pitfalls of Pitching, Strategies for Escaping the Slush Pile, Stand Out From the Crowd, and The Perfect Pitch. All speakers were experienced writers, agents or publishers. Alongside these talks each delegate was offered between 3 to 6 one-to-one 15 minute meetings with agents, publishers or writers. My own meeting with an editorial director of a major publishing house was a positive and valuable experience. She gave me detailed feedback on my first 30 pages with constructive criticism and advice for taking my novel forward. She found great potential in my work and that has inspired me and renewed my enthusiasm to keep going with it.

One message came through clearly. Do not send unfinished or unedited work out. Many pieces do not get past the first step because they are poorly presented.

In the evening the winners of the competitions were announced followed by a gala dinner with an after dinner speech by Jessica Fellows.

Would I recommend attending this or other similar conferences? Yes I would although I do think that consideration has to be given to the cost and benefit so I would suggest that this conference is more suited to the writer who is well advanced in his or her work.

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Fun at the London Book Fair

This is a quick post to say that if you live near London and are a writer get down to the London Book Fair. Today I have seen some excellent presentations about marketing a new book, expanding readership, how to get an agent, lots about the digital age of publishing, and also some inspirational talks by renowned published authors. Fabulous value for money.

Tomorrow I try my pitch for the first time. I hope that I sleep.

 

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Trying to Win at Winchester

Today is the day for preparing submissions for the competitions at the Winchester Writer’s Conference in June. I hope to enter two of the categories – The First Three Pages of a Novel and The Shorter Short Story.

My self edit list reads as follows:

Follow the instructions for entry

Every word must count

Use meaningful verbs

Spelling, structure and grammar

Every word must count

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