Alongside writing I have been cramming in some reading. I'm an avid reader but rather than my usual dose of fiction I've been reading up on writing. I have to recommend my three latest reads to anyone wanting to become a writer.
From Pitch to Publication by Carole Blake - This provides an in-depth look into the world of publication. Carole is a well-known agent but this book also gives valuable information for un-agented writers. I don't think it matters at what point along the writing journey you are, this book is an essential read. It has opened my eyes up to a number of aspects of publishing and the decision process that runs alongside these - most of which I had little knowledge of before reading this.
Plotting the Novel by Michael Legat - In Carole's book she has listed some very useful books as further reading. This was one of her suggestions and I have to say it is a wonderful read. The information provides a great guide, particularly the last section on synopsis with an example. I have used this information to write up my first rough synopsis for my present work in progress.
Lastly, I am presently reading Eats Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss. This was recommended to me as I am aware I still have some dyslexic traits. Even though I have not finished this one yet, I can already recommend it.
You won't hear as much from me over the next couple of weeks as I prepare for the York Festival of Writing. I am really looking forward to this; I have one to one meetings arranged with Jean Fullerton and Lyn Vernham. I am just in the process of preparing the information and first chapter I need to send ahead of the festival for them to look at before offering their help and advice. I had thought perhaps I has been a little pre-emptive booking up before completion of my first draft when many others will be at a final draft stage. Now it is getting closer to the event I feel that I am at the right stage to receive advice on my manuscript. With any changes that may be advised being much more pain-free to put into action at this stage rather than a later one.
So my next post will be after I have completed and sent of the information for the festival.