Wednesday, 29 April 2009

The Sunberry Blog

As I slowly work my way through the pile of manuscripts on my reading list, it strikes me over and over how astonishing it is that so many would-be writers haven't taken the time to learn the basic courtesies concerning submitting their work.

Why would any writer want to gain mental black marks before the publisher even begins reading? Wouldn't you think they'd rather make a good first impression? Fascinating! When there are so many books out there to teach new writers their trade, so much information on the internet for those who can't afford the books - anyone with half a noggin can find out what they need to know. Come on guys, make the effort! I love reading your stuff, but to be honest, I'd love it a whole lot more if it was neatly and properly presented in a way that makes it easiest for me to read and enjoy.

I've just written about this on the Sunberry Tips for Authors and Writers Blog, giving the basic rules for submitting a book manuscript, and will over the next weeks continue to give info from a publisher's perspective on that blog, so if you're interested can I suggest you click to "Follow", so you receive notification whenever I put something up? (You might want to do that for this blog, too.)

Vent over. Back to the reading pile ... which I do truly love, believe it or not! LOL!

Write on!

Thursday, 23 April 2009

#BlogNor09: Blogging Norfolk!

Just discovered this site today, sadly quite late before I was able to join and take advantage of the special 23rd April day! Living on Womack Staithe, on the Broads, and having lived in rural countryside previously (also in Norfolk of course), I have a great love for this area. Starting our publishing company here has been a great joy, and we'll soon be releasing the first novel of our first Norfolk novelist, Christine Moore - who also lives on the Broads.

Christine's book, "Going Astray", is a thriller that starts out nice 'n slow and moves on into high suspense and drama. A Christian family finds itself carried along as their church is taken over and then becomes a cult - can they all escape in time, alive?

We're also working with another Norfolk writer on his book about owning a riverboat hire company in the Broads. What can I say? We love Norfolk!

And just to make you completely envious, here's a shot taken from our balcony just the other week. And no, you can't invite yourself over. Well, not unless you bring coffee cake! :-)

London Book Fair - over at last!

I see that my last post was a month ago - my excuse is that during that time, between preparations for the London Book Fair, releasing Rowland Evans's latest book "My Sea Is Wide"; driving up and down to Yorkshire to see my father (who is now in respite/rehab care there, waiting to move down to a care home in Norfolk to be near us), searching for the right care home for him, the writing competitions coming to their close, and in between normal work - well, I haven't had a lot of time or energy left, lol! But you can follow our Tweets on Twitter (link to the left of this post), make friends with us on Facebook, or watch our web site for all the latest news. Back soon! Thanks for listening!