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Thursday, February 28, 2008

My Story

I'm not sure how it's happened, but Gray and I seem to have found our stride with our writing life. We are now always working on two manuscripts at a time.

Way back when, when I first began to dream about writing for Mills and Boon, the first piece of advice I read which has always stuck with me is that to achieve publication you need to 'eat, breathe and read' the genre you were targeting. For me, I took those words to heart because they made complete sense. And because of that in retrospect I think I must have been aware (without even realising it) that writing for M&B would have to remain a dream for the foreseeable future.

Why? Because I knew that while I was addicted to reading, I would only be able to devote my time to writing in small snatches. I was in a turbulent marriage back then and my energies needed to focus on my two children. I feel very thankful that my first two partials were rejected.
Not that I realised this at the time, of course!

There was no choice, and when I think back, I realise that I never resented it.

Gray is also researching future projects, and I am also studying towards my degree.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

UK Government PLR Petition

"Dear All,

Following the announcement that the Department for Culture, Media and Sport plans to reduce Public Lending Right (PLR) funding, I have initiated a 10 Downing Street e-petition to protest at the cuts.

Public Lending Right is the right for authors, illustrators, photographers, translators and editors to receive payment under PLR legislation for the loans of their books by public libraries. More than 23,000 people are entitled to receive payment under this scheme, and for many the annual PLR payment is an important part of their income. PLR is particularly valuable to those people who receive little or no royalty on book sales - their books are more often borrowed from libraries than bought in shops.

Please spare a minute to sign the petition. Click the following link (or paste it into your browser window) and add your name.


Please do not delete this email. Instead, forward it to as wide a group of people as you can. It is in everyone's best interests to support the work of Britain's creative talent.

Thank you for your time.

Yours sincerely,
John Malam"

Apologies (again!) for being a lazy Blogger, but I figured it was easier to just paste a copy of the above email I've been forwarded. Please take the time to sign the petition.

Friday, February 08, 2008


I wasn't planning to post again so soon but I had to share this:

to find out more about this erm... guy visit here

Trust me, you won't regret it.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

An Early Valentine's Update:

I have now submitted the synopsis/first chapter for the Harlequin Presents Instant Seduction Writing Competition and I don't mind telling you that I have never worked so hard on my writing before.

It's the first time in FIFTEEN YEARS that I've submitted my writing directly to Mills & Boon, and it feels scary. And exciting. And scary again. I know it's not quite the same as submitting a full manuscript or even a partial, but believe me when I say that this contest is HUGE! For the winner it's the equivalent of winning the lottery - and that's the reason why I'm not going to get carried away and think for a second that I'm in with a chance, although it hasn't stopped me dreaming .

Over the past few weeks it has finally sunk in that a writer WRITES, which is what both Gray and I have been doing non-stop. Simple as it sounds it's something that I've never grasped until now and that's only because I'm doing it!

On top of the writing I'm also busy studying, and on top of that I've been on a steep learning curve when it comes to being a mother of two teens (15 & 18).

Then, of course, there's the daily battle I have with the MS.

There is one reason I'm able to cope with all these things and it's simple now that I've come to think about it:

Love is the foundation that holds everything in my life together.

Love is the reason I'm able to cope with the relentless 'real' life stresses and struggles.

And I feel like I'm finally living my dream:
I'm watching my children grow into confident adults;
I'm sharing mutual support with my wonderful hubby, who is also my soul-mate;
and I'm loving the writing.

Can life get any better?

This Valentine's Day, Gray & I will be celebrating LOVE and all the blessings it has brought us.
We have two COMPLETED manuscripts behind us and another two in progress.

How are you going to spend Valentine's?

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Men and Harlequin Mills and Boon

While having a belated lunch break I discovered an article (see here) that adds more proof (if any were needed) that MEN do read these wonderful books.

Do you know any men who aren't ashamed to admit they read these fictional treasures?

Apologies that this doesn't constitute a real Blog post (again!) but I wanted to share the link before I go back into hiding to work on my competition entry - I may not come up for air for another 10 days! If you're also entering this amazing competition, please stop by and let me know how you're getting on.