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Fay Weldon's Novel Writing Advice

awnlee jawking

Okay, it's a review of a book she's selling but it contains a few tips:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/books/article-6020695/Want-write-novel-Fay-Weldon-reveals-publishers-notice-work.html

AJ

Ernest Bywater

I've never heard of her, so I looked her up on wikipedia and see she has over 40 books she sold, none of which I've heard of or seen in the bookshops at all.

Replies:   awnlee jawking  madnige
awnlee jawking

@Ernest Bywater

I've heard her name quite a lot though I wouldn't recognise any of her titles. My understanding is that she is a respected fiction author (although not in my preferred genres) who is good enough to bother dead-tree publishers.

But that's neither here nor there - the important thing IMO is to consider her tips, mentioned in the review, and decide whether they sound sensible for your style of writing.

AJ

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
Ernest Bywater

@awnlee jawking

the important thing IMO is to consider her tips, mentioned in the review


Not much in the article on tips, and nothing on how to get the story before a publisher. Very few publishers accept unsolicited manuscripts now, and most require you go through an agent, when you can find one who'll take you on.

Much of getting published today depends as much on where you live or how far you can travel to get the manuscript before who you need to see to get to the publisher. Those issues are why self-publishing is doing so well for so many, it saves you going through difficult hoops if you aren't living where it's easy to manage the hoops.

Replies:   awnlee jawking
madnige

@Ernest Bywater

I've never heard of her


I only recognise the name from the BBC '80s mini-series The Life and Loves of a She-Devil which I watched. Weird. Disturbing.

Replies:   awnlee jawking
awnlee jawking

@madnige

I've just looked her up on IMDB. She also wrote 'The Cloning of Joanna May'. Another weird one.

AJ

awnlee jawking

@Ernest Bywater

and nothing on how to get the story before a publisher.


True :(

But according to FW's tips, many authors here have an advantage over the rest of us because their characters only ever seem to eat burgers, mac and cheese, and especially pizza, thus satisfying the requirement for the story to include words containing 'zz'. ;)

AJ

Replies:   Crumbly Writer
Crumbly Writer

@awnlee jawking

But according to FW's tips, many authors here have an advantage over the rest of us because their characters only ever seem to eat burgers, mac and cheese, and especially pizza, thus satisfying the requirement for the story to include words containing 'zz'. ;)

In that case, my next novel should bea blockbuster. In creating dozens of Alien characters speaking a variety of languages, I've got several with "zz" (and even weirder combinations) in their names. What everyone else suggests is a death kneel for a book, she's now assuring meis the way to gaining widespread acceptance.

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