About sarahjwrites

I am embarking on a new adventure and trying to make my way in the world as a professional writer - Science fiction & crime mostly. I also like loads of really boring things like gardening, craft work and baking. Oh and I eat a lot.

Monthly Review Round Up – February 2018

I can’t believe that we’re at the end of February already! Reading time is always an issue, but here are the February offerings:

**** “The Big Book of Rouges and Villains”, edited by Otto Penzler

*** “Travel Stories and Highlights: 2017 Edition”, edited by Robert Fear

***1/2 “Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation” by Ammon Shea

****1/2 “Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs

You can read the full reviews via the Book Reviews page here.


Panic editing, pitching and other messy processes.

I am bang, smack in the middle of rewriting (and I mean rewriting) my cosy mystery story. I received some exceedingly valuable feedback from an agent about this piece, and what it needs to reach a marketable point. Scary advice – but once I stopped sulking, and really looked it, I realised that she was right. The suggested changes will make a huge difference to the readability (and saleability) of the piece.

So now I’m in the middle of an anxiety-producing rewrite. I have no idea if I’m going to make the Easter deadline either. Having said that, it cheered me greatly to see a post from a fellow writer on a facebook writers group (of which I am a member). She said that it had taken her 18 months to (a) deal with the feedback, (b) redraft her story, and (c) finish the draft to a submittable level. Good to know that I’m not the only one paralysed by fear at the prospect of a rewrite. So, its onwards and upwards with that one.

And just to make my writers journey more challenging, I’ve finished the rewrite of my new junior grade fiction novel, prepared the pitching materials and synopsis, and am about to embark of the process of submitting it to various publishers. Expect that rejection widget to see some action over the next three months. Hey, you never know, I may actually get an acceptance/show of interest!.

Fingers crossed. Keep up your writing!