Want to ask questions? Got any follow-up? Don't agree with something I said? Then here's the place to do it. I'll follow the chat thread on this post for a few days following my email, and I'm happy to talk about anything at all.
Meantime, here's a picture of a scary-but-pretty bug.
Uh, yes, if you do, I probably won't read it, I'm afraid! I'm too short of time for that kind of thing. If you're a member of Jericho Writers, you can get free feedback on query letters and synopses. Or you can send your work for a regular manuscript appraisal (details here: https://members.jerichowriters.com/bazaar/full-manuscript-assessment/ ).
Glad to join the Townhouse. Will post more as I get the drift of how this site works. Just discovered JerichoWriters and joined the club. Wonderful resources there and I look forward to the forums here.
Fab! Willkommen und bienvenue. Townhouse at the moment has a kind of new house on a new estate kind of quality. All rather shiny, but not very lived in. I especially hope that people start using it to critique each other's work. That will be its very best use, I think.
If you self-publish, and do so successfully, then it's unlikely the trad route will look enticing for your US/UK work. On the other hand, agents can still unlock good stuff in overseas markets, with TV & film, and audio. So yes, many very successful indies will end up with agents. And of course you may have some projects that you want to publish in a traditional way. But all that lies quite well ahead of you. If you self-publish, you won't need or want an agent for some years yet.
My title is: Angelita's Song.
Book: Angelita is an eighteen year old Spanish girl living during the Franco era.. She is a gifted poet/songwriter opposed to the regime and longs to leave the shelter of her mountain village to join her real father in Madrid and work for the liberation of women. She discovers her father was a captain in the government and responsible for the torture and death of many women. She abandons him and joins the resistance movement. Theatres are controlled by the government. She joins a group performing songs of rebellion and resistance in streets and cemeteries around Madrid, but is discovered, arrested and placed in The Cemetery of Forgotten Women, to be used by the Generals. She falls in love with one of the Generals, who helps her to escape. She flees the city, but learns he has been arrested and tortured. Knowing of Franco's love of music, she returns to Madrid to perform for him in his palace while planning the release of her lover. But her plans are compromised by the appearance of her father ...
Am I right in saying that the cover picture for your book 'The Dead House' (as above) is a photo of the loggias under the Bute Hall, Glasgow University, Gilmorehill, G12 8QQ? Having been there literally thousands of times myself I recognise it is an iconic pic and a favourite of photographers (the BBC seems to like it a lot, whenever they want to show a gnarly old Uni building in the background, they choose that one).
Pls forgive me but I haven't read that particular novel, but if I saw it in a bookshop I'd immediately recognise the location and wonder whether it was a - presumably, crime - story set in a University, probably Glasgow University, As would at least 100,000 others of our graduates (we graduate about 4,000 students a year).
Just a thought, but I'm curious, why *that* pic? I once took a visitor to the West Quadrangle on a drizzly November afternoon by when the huge, overbearing towers were gleaming with moisture. He looked up and said, in awe 'Gormenghast!' You have to pick your shot...