Little Wol

Little Wol

44 years old
Female
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Beaminster
United Kingdom
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I'm wondering if anyone can give me some advice. Back in November (November 15th to be exact), I had a full manuscript request from an agent I would really like to work with. We exchanged emails and she asked me a few questions about varying aspects of m
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  • Are you a ...?
    Unpublished writer (so far)
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    General fiction
    If you write in more than one area, what is your next most favoured genre?
    Romantic fiction, chicklit, etc
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Omnivorous
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    Jane Austen/ Donna Tartt/ Jilly Cooper
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    The Goldfinch, Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Riders, The Last Battle.
    What are your working habits when you write?
    Perfectly balanced
    Are you the edit-every-sentence-ten-times type, or do you prefer to let rip?
    Prefer to let rip and edit afterwards
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    For people to love reading my stories as much as I love writing them.
    Your worst habit?
    Writing far too much and having to cut half of it.
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    It is a tough game, but everyone does their best
    Where do you write?
    Wherever and whenever I can.
    What else do you want Word Clouders to know? eg: do you have 9 cats / like paragliding / eat nothing but tinned fish / work in the bath / live in Kettering?
    My ambition was to be an event rider, but have discovered that writing is just as much fun and you break less bones.

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    Little Wol
    "Little Wol" commented on Purple witch's Blog "Buzzard in my kitchen".
    Good for you PW!
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    Little Wol
    "Little Wol" commented on Philippa's Blog "Breaching the Citadel (aka Getting a Foothold in the Publishing World)".
    A great story of tortuous twists and turns, heartache and triumph. You have achieved what the rest of us are dreaming of, well done!
    7 days ago
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    Little Wol
    "Little Wol" commented on Dragon Lady's Blog "Writers are Dandelions".
    Ha ha! Talk about being 'wordy' Squidge, after stitching together the pieces of the first draft of my MS, I was horrified to discover that the word count was over 230'000! Good grief, no one was going to want to go near that monster! I managed to ...
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    Little Wol
    "Little Wol" commented on Dragon Lady's Blog "Writers are Dandelions".
    Oh DL! How frustrating for you, to be so close to publication and have it slip through your fingers at the last moment, I feel your pain. But still, so close. There's no doubt you've nailed it, you can't help thinking it's just a matter of time now, ...
    21 days ago
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    "Little Wol" commented on Dragon Lady's Blog "Writers are Dandelions".
    Thank you for your wise words DL, and sparking such an interesting discussion. I think one of the great things about writing is that it's never done; it's never not good enough, it's just, not good enough yet- which is the point I think you are ...
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    "Little Wol" commented on RichardB's Blog "Reality Check".
    RichardB - this blog made me want to laugh and cry simultaneously. As one who is in the very early stages - MS written, edited by a WW editor, submitted to various agents, received one full MS request, and now well into week 9 of "waiting to hear ...
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    Little Wol
    Little Wol I'm wondering if anyone can give me some advice. Back in November (November 15th to be exact), I had a full manuscript request from an agent I would really like to work with. We exchanged emails and she asked me a few questions about varying aspects of my work. She told me not to worry if I didn't hear from her for a while because she had been on holiday and had lots to catch up on, however, it's now been over two months and I still haven't heard anything. I don't even know if she has read my manuscript yet. What do I do? Should I just be patient or should I give her a polite reminder incase she's forgotten all about me? :-(
    1 month ago
    • Kate
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      Kate You might find this thread helpful, and good luck. http://writing-community.writersworkshop.co.uk/forum/topic/23192
      1 month ago
    • Little Wol
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      Little Wol Thank you Kate!
      1 month ago
    • Scheherazade
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      Scheherazade I had a request for a full MS from an agent and didn't hear a word for 3 months. I sent a polite email asking him if he'd got round to reading it - and never heard back at all. And this from an agent I'd met - and who had seemed keen. Grr
      1 month ago
    • Little Wol
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      Little Wol Oh blimey! That's just bloody rude. I hope you've had better luck since.
      1 month ago
    • Squidge
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      Squidge Congrats on the full MS request. I'd drop her a gentle reminder...I did that and was pleasantly surprised by the reply (I got published!) but yeah, some agents just don't ever respond, which is a pretty poor show.
      1 month ago
    • Little Wol
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      Little Wol Thank you Squidge, so nice to hear of a happy ending! Just read a blog about the agony of trying to get published which made me want to laugh and cry simultaneously.
      1 month ago
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      Penworthy After that length of time, there'd be nothing wrong with sending her a polite message,saying you appreciate what she said about what she had to get through but has she had the chance to look at yours yet.
      1 month ago
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      Philippa That's fantastic news about the full request! WELL DONE!! I think 2 months isn't that long, especially with xmas in between, and she did warn she might be slow, so I wouldn't worry. The "emails back and forth" is also a really good sign - she is clearly engaged. The fact that she warned she'd be slow is also a good sign - means she didn't want you to worry or swan off. I agree a gentle reminder wouldn't go amiss, maybe send that by the end of this month? If you have anything to say in that message that might nudge her along and turn up the heat, that would be good though not essential (e.g. if you've had any other requests for fulls you could mention it to remind her there's other interested parties).
      1 month ago
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      Little Wol Penworthy Thanks for the advice :-)
      1 month ago
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      Little Wol Philippa Thank you for your warm, encouraging words! I did, in fact, email the agent last night just saying I hoped she's had a good Christmas and had she been able to have a look at my MS yet. I thought I'd blown it because she replied straight away saying she was swamped with work for her existing clients so had not had a chance to look at it yet. I apologised immediately and said I understood how busy she must be, and anxiety that an email may have gone astray had got the better of me, next time I would sit on my hands! I was relieved when she replied saying I wasn't to worry, and thanks for the reminder. Phew! It's not for the faint hearted this business is it?
      1 month ago
    • Newbie
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      Newbie Wine and chocolate helps ;-)
      1 month ago
    • Little Wol
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      Little Wol Newbie - Ain't that the truth x
      1 month ago
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    Little Wol
    Little Wol Got my first rejection today, for some reason I don't feel deflated, I feel exhilarated. Perhaps after the tenth I won't feel quite so positive-but at least she read it and said she found it interesting, just not light enough for the commercial women's fiction market. That's okay, I can live with that.
    7 months ago
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      Little Wol BellaM, I imagine it does wear thin! Hopefully someone will like it. Have you found an agent yet?
      7 months ago
    • mike
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      mike It seems a woman's world. If you look at the adverts on posters on London transitions, they often promote what used to be called 'chick lit'
      7 months ago
    • mike
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      mike I meant train stations. This computer changes what I write! But Margaret Awtwood is on TV at the moment.,
      7 months ago
    • BellaM
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      BellaM Yeah, my first rejection made me feel like a proper writer. It wears thin pretty fast, though...good luck.
      7 months ago
    • Scheherazade
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      Scheherazade Mike, I think it's because most books are read by women! Little Wol - that sounds like a pretty good rejection - at least it wasn't a standard rejection
      7 months ago
    • Little Wol
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      Little Wol Scheherazade, Thank you for the encouragement!
      7 months ago
    • Little Wol
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      Little Wol BellaM, I imagine it does wear thin! Hopefully someone will like it. Have you found an agent yet?
      7 months ago
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    Little Wol
    Little Wol My first novel is now with an editor and I'm awaiting feedback, eek!
    9 months ago
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