Read an eBook Week @ Smashwords

Only a few days to wait ... My books here, but there will be many more options. https://www.smashwords.com New to Smashwords and free for Read an eBook Week: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1071423 An anthology, 7 short stories themed on the things we seek: Night Driver – light sci-fi, outback Australia, the Nullabor Plain, truckersMind-Walk – contemporary, ACD, choices, … Continue reading Read an eBook Week @ Smashwords

Your first pages – 5 more book openings critiqued by a literary agent, YA author @AJ_Dickenson (and me!) at @Litopia

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I’ve just guested again at Litopia, the online writers’ colony and community. Each week they have a YouTube show, Pop-Up Submissions, where five manuscripts are read and critiqued live on air by literary agent Peter Cox @agentpete and a guest, or sometimes two (this time we had longtime Litopia member and YA author Andy Dickenson @AJ_Dickenson).

The format is simple. Five manuscripts, each with a short blurb. We hear the opening pages, then discuss how they’re working – exactly as agents and publishers would consider a manuscript that arrived in their inbox.

As always, the submissions had many strengths. Issues we discussed included the importance of voice in contemporary fiction, the age of the protagonist in a YA novel, whether we’ll want to read novels that feature the Covid-19 pandemic, a lyrically written fantasy that seemed too nebulous, how to begin an action thriller with a sci-fi element…

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