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Round Robin Blog Fest October 19 2019
Welcome to another issue of the Round Robin Blog Fest!
This month's question is:
October 19, 2019: What unique situations have occurred in the writing process of any of your novels? Perhaps, but not limited to, things like where what you planned changed, or the direction you thought the story was on deviated or transmuted?
Years ago, I was given some advice from a fellow writer to set my books in the U.S. so I could sell to a larger market. The funny part is, my books have all been based on Canadian towns yet set across the border.
With my latest work in progress, I’d written a story I loved, packaged it up and sent it to my U.S. agent – who also loved it! What I didn’t like as much was the title and struggled through a couple different options while I outlined and wrote a synopsis for her to submit.
From there she shopped it around to U.S. publishers. One liked the story, but not the writing (Yes, it was rushed to get out there!) Another liked the concept, but… Another liked… And so it went until finally my agent told me to put it on a shelf and forget about it.
So, I finished writing the novel, changed the locations from my main character living in Boston and travelling to Washington State to her living in Toronto and flying to the wilds of British Columbia. Then I decided to send it to my wonderful Canadian publisher. Then two things happened: 1)I saw a Toronto based publisher was accepting unagented novels and, since I’ve joined Crime Writers of Canada a group the publisher is affiliated with, I took a chance and prepared it to submit to them. 2)I went on vacation this summer to a rustic spot along Georgian Bay on Lake Huron that was everything I’d imagined the location in Vancouver to be. If you’ve never been to one of the Great Lakes, it’s a lot like being at the ocean. Vast!
I finished writing and polishing my first three chapters and submitted them at the beginning of September. Whether or not this new publisher accepts the novel, I have a home for it with my other, smaller publisher and have some great ideas for marketing.
As far as the title, one had rolled around in my head for a long time and after a couple tweaks to the manuscript, the title Written In Stone, suits to a T. I even have ideas for two more novels set in the same location.
My fingers are crossed this project will get some positive feedback and I’ll be able to do some author events in the same area where the book was written and edited!
While I'm off to do some editing, feel free to check out what my fellow authors have to say!
Welcome to mystery author Jack Byrne! I am married with two kids and although I was born and raised in an Irish catholic family in Liverpool UK, I now live in Hungary. I had no career as such, most working people don’t, we move from job to job, if we are lucky we have a skill, but still move from job to job. I have done everything from factory work, to setting up and running my own businesses, some more successful than others. I currently run a small English language school in a lovely town set around a lake. I gained a Bachelor's degree in English at the age of forty, when I left school at sixteen I had no qualifications. I am two and half books into the four novels that make up The Liverpool Mystery Series, each can be read independently, but reading all of them will help you get more out of each one. The first book I wrote was Under The Bridge set in Garston, Liverpool. I am currently querying that with agents and publishers so am holding off on self publis
Welcome to author and fellow Round Robin Blogger, Dr. Bob Rich! Dr. Bob Rich is a figment of his computer’s imagination. Outside the computer, he is a grumpy old man with no sense of humor. Other people laugh at what he says and writes, which proves that THEY have a sense of humor. Inside his computer, he is a shapeshifter. He can be a little boy with three arms, three legs but no head who had green skin, and liberated his people from terrible two-legged invaders from space; or a boy who didn’t know he was the reincarnation of Jesus, here in this life to fight the final duel with Bdud Mara, who invaded Earth 10,000 years ago; or he can be Bdud, whose body back home is a three-meter-long green and yellow ovoid on 12 legs, with a head on a long, snakelike neck; or he can be a 14-year-boy who hates everybody and all he wants to do is to die, but first wants to kill as many people as he can; or he can be the 84-year-old lady who turned him into the kind of boy you wouldn’t mind as your
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