Surprising e-mail from Favourite Agent, rejecting recently-revived novel 3. Novels set mostly abroad are difficult to sell for some reason. I've heard this before. Perhaps writing is more like telly than I realised. I used to do World About Us type foreign docs which are barely in the schedules any more. They're virtually all celeb-fronted now, giving the audience something to hook onto. Or newsy ones, which can of course be excellent. Not saying the others are all bad, sadly missed the Paul Merton in China last week which has to be good. But it is all Englishperson Abroad viewpoint rather than the place itself talking. I did love the recent Papua New Guinea tribespeople coming to UK series, though. Anyhow, Favourite Agent says she's still not forgotten novel 4 and if inspiration strikes she'll get in touch, which is nice hmm?
Meantime still no news from agent who loved the opening chapters of Novel 4 who has the whole ms. Plus Agent of Year colleague e-mailed to say she's going to read my openers for novels 3 and 4 as soon as she's done with her urgent client work, so hope flying fair. Writing friend asks why I don't pitch Novel 5 as well. It's a different genre and I think that just might be one confusion too many. I haven't got the storyline down to a crisp yet either. I might ask her what she thinks is selling at the moment, though.
Have just finished big bout of work-work which will pay for our camping trip to Dorset this weekend. Am now off to old computer to dig out ancient camping holiday masterlist. I am excited about this. So is daughter. She is going Zorbing!
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