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How to Hook an Agent: Jargon Busting

I haven't submitted to a publisher since 1998. This week was a first for me because I have never approached a scary agent before and some of them weren't even born in 1998.  Now, barely out of University, with dynamic wish lists, eager to discover the next J. K. Rowling and an enduring character, such as Harry Potter... who they've grown up with.    As a much-older-than-I-would-like debut novelist, my bittersweet story is about the life of a forty-year-old woman born in 1959, who grew up with the non-PC tales of Noddy and Big Ears.  So, many baby-faced agents might consider that my first foray into Women's Fiction would be better suited under the heading Historical Fiction.

Richard Skinner – Enlightened and Liberating Teacher

Jersey is no longer a literary wasteland, the Festival of Words is in its fourth year and is inspiring the lives of many. Richard Skinner, was part of the packed programme this year and he is exactly as the author, Renée Knight, so succinctly describes him… 'An enlightened and liberating teacher.' 

Weekly Synopsis

Tuesday. Woke up feeling determined.   Spent most of the day editing the hell out of the first three chapters, before going back to the ultimate self-torture... the ****ing synopsis.

Creative Words Matter

I returned home with my head buzzing and lost all track of time, as I embarked on a wine-fuelled creative writing binge.

When Does Your Muse Grab You?

Now, I wake up a dawn.  I no longer need one alarm... let alone three.  Watching the sun come up each morning is my inspiration. Each dawn is different and triggers new vibes for me to pour into my writing for that day.

The Two Minute Grab Zone​

I was reading Lorenzo Carcaterra's Sleepers and I couldn't put it down, taking it into the Indian Ocean and reading it floating on my back, standing up and sitting in the warm, briny sea, until I finished it.  More recently, Adam Kay's This is Going to Hurt - The Diaries of a Junior Doctor, had the same effect, only I read most of it on a sun lounger.

Leave Your Brittle Ego At Home

Comedy writers have the most fragile egos.   Mindy Kaling At various stages of our lives, our egos take a bashing but now, in the Autumn of my years, I care less about what other people think.  And yes, this cavalier thought process even applies to my writing, except... when it comes to what the people... Continue Reading →

Life, from a Different Perspective

12 days, three different parts of the UK and I absorbed the sensory delights of all three.  

Baby Boomer with Poles in Potato Field

Just a crazy old Baby Boomer with a cute dog, carrying a couple of poles

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