Thursday, August 18, 2011

Review and Giveaway 33

Someone's having a lucky month!

The winner of MY LIFE UNDECIDED IS...

the newly agented Kate Scott!!!

Congrats Kate!

Today up for grabs is WRITE TO BE PUBLISHED by Nicola Morgan.

Nicola Morgan is the author of more than 90 non-fiction and fiction titles. She is also a freelance editor and she blogs at Help! I need a publisher. Even though she's not an agent, she's kind of the UK's version of Nathan Bransford.

I'd planned to meet Nicola and have her critique my work in March at The York Festival of Writing. The great Earthquake and Tsunami of March 11th had other ideas, and I was still stuck in my town with no train service and gas shortages when the conference started. So when I heard she had a craft book coming out, I had to have it.

I love reading up on the craft, but I must admit, craft books aren't easy to digest. But this one is. Maybe it's because much of the information comes from Nicola's blog, and has been organised into blog-post-sized segments. It might be the simple premise she follows throughout the book too. Wanna be published? Write the right book, and then send it to the right people at the right time.

The caveat is that the book doesn't go into much depth on anything. But it's not meant to. It reads more like a checklist for beginning writers and for those whose work has been rejected. And Nicola knows about rejection, as someone who took 2 decades to sell a novel. (What perseverance!)

I suppose the other caveat is that this book is from the other side of the pond. BUT it's not so much about the publishing wheels, so there's not that much that's strictly relevant to the Brit writers. A good book is still a good book.

Today's rules:
Any comment will get you a chance to win WRITE TO BE PUBLISHED.
Open internationally, followers only until Wednesday 11.59 pm.

Good luck!

PS, Don't forget to check out the final day of Write On Con!


Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

When in doubt, read the instructions. Most men fail to grasp this simple concept. However, instructions, such as presented in this book, are obviously of value. Thanks for pointing it out.

Liza said...

The author of 90 titles...who took two decades to publish her first novel must have earned a lot of wisdom over that time! I'd love to be a winner.

Unknown said...

Yay, I'm so excited that I won! I've been wanting to read MY LIFE UNDECIDED for a while. Yay, me.

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