Writing news and a great new competition

Book in Progress

After the thrill of completing the first draft (I’ve been blogging about that on the last geek bus home), the editing has gone really well. I’m very pleased with the results. Editing a book that is in the region of 140,000 words is no small task but I can honestly say I have enjoyed it tremendously. And even though I wrote it I have still found wonderful surprises as I’m editing. I’m not sure how that happens, but there you go! Of course, now I have to decide what I’m going to do with this masterpiece, and the options are many and varied.


I’ve also been adding information to my Portfolio. There’s more to come, but it has been a useful exercise in learning how WordPress (when self-hosted) works.


A small digression

Years ago I was in a band. We practiced hard and gigged hard. We secured radio play and toured the UK in a Transit van. It was heady and hard work and wild. The fans loved us, the music was brilliant and…we never got a deal. But that wasn’t because we didn’t try. We send demo tapes and then CDs and the answer was either nothing (no reply) or ‘not suitable on a worldwide basis’.


So we went Indie and formed our own record label and released a single and then an e.p. They were sold in shops. They had a barcode on them. We heard ourselves on the radio. It was a great time and we have great memories of it. Friends and family helped out and we made real progress. We didn’t try to find a professional agent to represent the band. There were many reasons why, not least we didn’t want to pay someone to do what we thought we could do for ourselves. 



The Knight Agency announces the ‘Book in a Nutshell’ competition

Today I was checking Twitter and I saw this Tweet from @mightymur (the successful writer and podcaster Mur Lafferty):

“RT @KnightAgency: Get an agent! Three creative sentences could lead to representation. BOOK IN A NUTSHELL: http://twurl.nl/2trkxs

The competition is simple:


“Submit three compelling sentences (150 words max) about your completed, unpublished manuscript to submissions @ knightagency.net (delete spaces). Write BOOK IN A NUTSHELL in the subject line or it will not be deemed elligible. One submission per project, please.” (From http://knightagency.blogspot.com/2009/03/enter-tkas-book-in-nutshell-competition.html)

The beauty of this format is that it forces you to really concentrate on what you have written. You only have three sentences/ 150 words so you can’t afford to pad or bluster. It has to be concise, descriptive and enticing.


I have been looking at agents and now my submission to The Knight Agency will be the first one I send off. That’s the beauty of the Internet. I’ve been researching and then this competition appears in my Twitter stream. That’s the way it goes. You need to keep your eyes open.


If you are entering too, best of luck!

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