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Hi from Australia Hi everyone

I'm a reader & writer from Sydney, though I grew up in the UK. Big fan of George RR Martin & Stephen Donaldson in the fantasy genres and lots more outside. Writing tastes range from time travel to SF to comedy and thrillers, sometimes all of them combined!

Looking forward to getting to know you all!

Cheers
Steve

May 24, 2017, 09:11:01 AM
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Re: Real People as your Characters I often get asked if my characters are based on real people and I always say, yes, me! They are all good, bad, funny, sad, brilliant and stupid, wishful and dreaded versions of me.

And if I do my job right, people will think they are based on other real people.

May 29, 2017, 01:41:44 PM
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Re: Hi from Australia Thanks, Foehammer!
May 31, 2017, 12:17:00 AM
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Re: Writing and Solitude I would probably be a hermit writer if I was on my own, but fortunately my wife ensures we have a social life and keep up with friends and family. I have also moved my computer from my High Castle (attic office) to the kitchen table so that I am not reported missing.
June 01, 2017, 12:24:18 AM
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Re: How do you view your TBR list, and is it different from a wishlist? My TBR list is a moveable feast. I add every book that interests me, but find many of them drop off because when I check them out later (I usually review the list every time I finish a book), I've either lost interest or I'm not in the mood.

It's very annoying!

June 03, 2017, 04:55:44 AM
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Re: Rejections and acceptance issues I'm pretty sure I stacked up well over a thousand rejections before I was accepted, but I always thought I was publishable and eventually I was right.

There's no real answer to your question. I did a lot of research into targeting publishers who I thought would be a good fit, but really it's a numbers game and ten rejections can be for ten different reasons. You are looking for that one person who appreciates your brilliance!

One thing I did do was go back and thank the publisher after each rejection and ask if there was a specific reason for saying no. Very few responded, but their feedback was excellent and I kept writing and improving.

My only other piece of advice is to follow the publisher's submission requirements to the letter and always present your work professionally. If they don't like the writing/story, that's fine, but you do not want them to be offside before they start reading or, indeed, throw it out unread because the writer hasn't read their requirements.

Every rejection hurt, but I told myself that each one took me one rejection closer to acceptance.

June 04, 2017, 08:29:54 AM
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Re: Rejections and acceptance issues It's very hard to make assumptions based on rejection. I'm pretty sure the earlier versions of my novel fell short because they weren't good enough. But I submitted my final let's-give-it-one-more-go draft to ten small publishers, each of which I believed - and still believe - were a good fit. I got four rejections and no replies from 5 more, yet the remaining publisher bought the novel.

The book got very good reviews and secured me an agent, yet nine out of ten rejected the same draft.

I was convinced this was the draft that would sell, but I consider myself very fortunate to connect with a publisher who agreed. If all ten had passed I would still be unpublished and wouldn't know if they didn't think it was up to scratch, they didn't consider it right for them or the reader simply wasn't impressed. I would be left with a publishable book but not know it.

My point - excuse the rambling - is that if you can improve your writing to a point where you can assess your work objectively and believe it is good enough to be published, there may very well be a publisher and/or agent out there who will invest in you. The hard part is finding them!

June 04, 2017, 01:03:50 PM
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Re: Critiques
Gaiman once said something along the lines of how, when a reader says something's wrong, they're almost always right, and when they say how to fix it, they're almost always wrong.

I think there's a balance to be struck there, and Jmack's right, it's important to establish before the critiquing starts what the author wants out of the critique. Personally, I want to know where the story is broken. I want to know how to tell this story more perfectly for what this story is. But I don't want to be told what the critiquer thinks is wrong with my writing style, or my story choices, or whatever, because that's my writing style (/story choice/whatever) and that's up to me. That's the art, not the craft.

I totally agree. I use two readers when I finish a novel; a novelist friend in the US, and my wife. They both give me brutally honest feedback, though my wife is the only one of the two I am actually scared of.

I am confident with my writing style, ability and the story, so I only request general feedback on anything that interrupts the flow, is not clear or otherwise makes them stop and think. I only ask for specific feedback or advice afterwards if they identify any issues I had not considered.

This has worked a treat so far, though I foresee future dental problems due to grinding my teeth while my wife reads the manuscripts.

June 08, 2017, 04:23:29 AM
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Re: Writing Question My take is that a writer should communicate clearly with readers, and if 'what on earth do you mean' is the perfect way to express something, regardless of the setting, it's the right term to use. It's a translation and far better than saying, 'what on Hydron XVB4 do you mean?' (I actually read that in a story once and it set my teeth on edge!)

The only question I ask myself is, will the inclusion of a word, saying, oath or whatever, make the reader stop reading and interrupt the flow?

June 12, 2017, 12:40:49 AM
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TimeStorm (Elsewhen Press) Introducing TimeStorm, a time travel historical romance adventure thriller of duty, honour and revenge (with apologies to any missed genres and themes).

A 1795 British convict ship en route to Australia miraculously survives a strange storm and limps into Sydney, where the convicts rebel and escape. But the year is now 2017...

Publisher's page: http://elsewhen.alnpetepress.co.uk/index.php/catalogue/title/timestorm/

June 16, 2017, 02:21:53 PM
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