Friday, November 27, 2009

Conf 610: Stream of Total Lack of Consciousness

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Another book chain down the drain as Borders bookshops goes into liquidation. The bleak news from the world of publishing keeps on coming.

Meantime what's getting sold? Did you see the first chapter of Martine McCutcheon's novel?

The shock horror of it all is that it's so bad she must have written it herself. I read it with astonishment. Where in God's name was the editor? And then, in last week's Sunday Times bestseller lists there it is at number SEVEN, having sold a staggering 25,535 copies. It's common knowledge that commercial fiction has become all about the branding - title, author profile etc, but this, for me, really crystallizes it. I'm not moaning - I've been within a gnat of getting in on the game with my own catchy titles and high concept storylines. Publishers are going to publish what they think they can sell. End of. That's the game. I'm not an actress who can get on Woman's Hour, but that old Jordan argument is almost historic compared with the actual content that's being peddled here. How far do we have to go now before content becomes dead? Like most, I started off hating Jedward and ended up enjoying them, so what if they can't sing and dance. So what if Martine can't write and her editor can't edit. It sells and that's all that matters.

Bye bye, thanks for visiting, I'm off back to the business enterprise show now. Changing tack - poacher to gamekeeper as the old saying goes.


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Conf 609: Moving On

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Have stopped writing for a few days to get myself organised.

There's a big 2-day business startup convention in London tomorrow and Friday. It's just down the road from the flat and is all free so I'm going along with my (hastily self-printed) business cards to see what I can learn. Lots of well-known entrepreneurs are giving talks including the (v dishy) dragon who left, Richard Farleigh, Red Letter Day founder Rachel Elnaugh and lastminute.com founder Brent Hoberman. There's a real-life Dragon's Den pit which I nearly registered for but chickened out. My idea's so fledgling I'm not ready for it.

Bye bye thanks for visiting, come again soon.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

CONF 608: I begin to worry

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No response yet.

This is worrying even though it shouldn't be. It hasn't even been a week but I did think the new title would push the buttons.

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

CONF 607: That's It

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Synopsis and first chapters of new novel went off to agent today.

So - that's that.

Either it goes forward.

Or it doesn't.

I like it. I like the idea, I like the characters and I LOVE the title. Tried it on my friend Di yesterday & she fell about laughing.

There. That's because am in positive mood about it today.

This is happening a bit lately. Mainly because I've actually been busy I guess.

I've been writing for a fantastic Guardian/Observer supplement coming in middle of January, all about saving money about the home, and have resurrected an old short story for the Sunday Times Short Story Competition. It was 7,500 words long, a useless length generally, way too long for most submissions. But with a bit of editing down made it fit the 7,000 max. Linking it to a Sunday Times report for the necessary X factor might just give it an outsider's chance of not falling at the first.

There are loads of writers and agents blogging now but not so many editors. Have just discovered my old (as in long-ago) non-fiction editor has just started Editors Online, very interesting it is too.

Bye bye, thanks for visiting, come again soon.