Category Archives: My Novel

Is it ever finished?

That’s the question I’ve been asking myself. Last September, I finished my novel – and sent it forth to the unwelcoming bosom of agent land. Now, I’ve just finished it again. Due, it has to be said, to my first … Continue reading

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Novel gets catapulted (at long last) onto slush pile

I made a decision early in the year to get this novel finished. Before it finished me. I had to put whatever time and energy I had into doing just that. Which meant, among other things, not going to any more … Continue reading

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It ain’t done, till it’s done

So, this was the opening line in my last post: That’s it. No more excuses. Finish this novel and send it out by year’s end. Well, what can I say? Other than: That’s not it. I have more excuses. I won’t be … Continue reading

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No more excuses

That’s it. No more excuses. Finish this novel and send it out by year’s end. Given my last post was mid May, you might wonder what have I been doing. I have asked myself the same question, but just get … Continue reading

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Dating an Agent

I got a bit of a start when I took my seat at the Dublin Writers’ Week Date with an Agent last Saturday and took a sheet up, entitled Coping with Rejection. It wasn’t an auspicious start! But things went uphill from there. … Continue reading

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2013: From Draft 1 to Draft 3

Looking back on the year, the first thing I notice from my blog is that I haven’t written a post since the beginning of November. Not good. Second, I have not written anything about my own work since, let’s see, … Continue reading

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Getting Published (Not me, someone I know)

It’s a nice feeling going to a book launch involving someone you know. It’s great, obviously, for the person concerned, seeing the joy on their face. But it’s also an inspiration for those of us still in the trenches. It … Continue reading

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