Penworthy

Penworthy

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  • Are you a ...?
    Unpublished writer (so far)
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    Literary fiction
    If you write in more than one area, what is your next most favoured genre?
    Historical fiction
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Other
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    I favour Victorian novelists. They were the best.
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    "Persuasion", "Villette", "Silas Marner"
    What are your working habits when you write?
    Disciplined
    Are you the edit-every-sentence-ten-times type, or do you prefer to let rip?
    Some self-editing
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    To get published.
    Your worst habit?
    Drinking too much coffee.
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    Self-publishing makes the most sense to me
    Where do you write?
    Sitting room/bedroom
    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?
    I am an unpublished writer living in East Anglia. I'm never sure how to categorise my writing and have never understood what "write for your target market" means. My fiction is character-driven, in a variety of modern and old settings.

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    "Penworthy" commented on Philippa's Blog "Breaching the Citadel (aka Getting a Foothold in the Publishing World)".
    Congratulations. You obviously deserve to be where you are now, after all that diligence and hard work. I don't want to introduce a sour note but I find your account frightening. If it's necessary to go along with agents to that extent, sometimes ...
    2 days ago
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    Penworthy I recently heard part of a radio conversation involving a writer who had sent out a submission to many agents or publishers - exactly the same work each time - but some submissions were under a female name and others under a male pseudonym. She received many more responses from the male name. This seems to confirm what I've long suspected. Can anyone tell me the name of the writer?
    12 days ago
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      Penworthy Thabnk you for these replies. By a bit of digging on Google I've found out this must have been an American writer called Catherine Nichols, a writer of non-fiction. i don't know if the book she experimented witrh (in 2015) was non-fiction but I hope not because the reactions she got would suggest that men are generally considered more authoritative. Grrr! Whisks, you're right that genre can come into consideration with the sex of the writer, I'm certain, but it shouldn't. A submitted book is either good, bad, or indifferent, regardless of the author's sex. TheWeyMan, you are one of the open-minded ones. Raine, it's ridiculous that the bias should still exist. It's a century-and-a-hallf since the Brontes and George Eliot had to write under male pseudoynms in order to be taken seriously but this bias is still going on.
      10 days ago
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      Caducean Whisks Surely the genre comes into it too? For instance, it would be more expected that women write romance, and men thrillers? I've heard this story too, but I believe it was years ago; hopefully things have changed.
      12 days ago
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      TheWeyMan All of the good thrillers I've read recently have been written by women, so I hope that this is not still the case!
      12 days ago
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      Raine I read an article by someone doing this, with the same results,2 or 3 yrs ago. Can't remember their name, sorry. I very much doubt anything has changed at all. Subconscious bias is a very hard thing to break.
      12 days ago
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      Penworthy Thabnk you for these replies. By a bit of digging on Google I've found out this must have been an American writer called Catherine Nichols, a writer of non-fiction. i don't know if the book she experimented witrh (in 2015) was non-fiction but I hope not because the reactions she got would suggest that men are generally considered more authoritative. Grrr! Whisks, you're right that genre can come into consideration with the sex of the writer, I'm certain, but it shouldn't. A submitted book is either good, bad, or indifferent, regardless of the author's sex. TheWeyMan, you are one of the open-minded ones. Raine, it's ridiculous that the bias should still exist. It's a century-and-a-hallf since the Brontes and George Eliot had to write under male pseudoynms in order to be taken seriously but this bias is still going on.
      10 days ago
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    Penworthy Don't know what's happened to my blog. Couldn't correct spacing.
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    Penworthy wrote a new blog: "Sticking a Label on it".
          My W.I.P. being at the leave-it-alone-for-a-while stage, I've fallen to musing about the hurdles that we unrecognised writers have to leap over in order to be taken seriously.  It isn't just word count and marketability ...
    1 month ago
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    Penworthy Jill, Thank you for your reply. Just a quickie to confirm that date was just what the system came up with when I registered (13 then). I just didn't bother to correct it. My old bagdom is no secret now but I hope no agents are reading this.
    1 month ago
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      Jill I was teasing, Penworthy! :) Shouldn't worry about the age thing with agents. There are some notable authors who have suddenly made it at our age. Let's resolve to be amongst them...
      1 month ago
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    Jill commented on Penworthy's wall:
    Have replied to your kind comments on my blog. From one thing you mentioned, I see Cloud is mistaken in thinking you are 14!!! It often has these blips.
    1 month ago
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    "Penworthy" commented on Jill's Blog "Janus".
    Thank you for your lovely blog and for your good wishes to Cloudies. I reached exactly the same age milestone last year. Congratulations on your creative spurt! When there's a lack of creativity for a while it's usually very difficult to get ...
    1 month ago
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    Penworthy As this may be my last chance before Christmas, I'm taking the opportunity to wish all Cloudies a happy one! Merry Christmas (I hope not a stressful one) and a happy and fruitful New Year.
    1 month ago
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      Hilly Thanks. The same back to you.
      1 month ago
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    "Penworthy" commented on mike's Blog "school fiction".
    Well done for keeping your aunt's writing on the go. As for Angela Brazil, I recall reading "The School by The Sea" in my early teens, or thereabouts. I can't remember much about it now, except that there was a girl called Gerda in it and, if I ...
    2 months ago
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    Penworthy I seem to have lost two replies to something I put on my status the other day. (Notified but access only in library) so thank you to those cloudies. Sorry I don't know what they said! ( I believe it was Richard B & L.)
    2 months ago

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  • Jill
    by Jill 1 month ago
    Have replied to your kind comments on my blog. From one thing you mentioned, I see Cloud is mistaken in thinking you are 14!!! It often has these blips.
  • bazbaron
    by bazbaron 4 months ago
    We tend to stay away from political comment on here, Penwworthy, howeer, if you want my take on it go here: https://bazbaronblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/11/doinmeheadin/
  • Penworthy
    by Penworthy 4 months ago
    I'm not sure how this wall thing works and politics may be unwelcome but I'm bursting to ask a question about the E. U.'s attitude to Brexit. Why do they want us to say how much we'll pay? If there's a legitimate charge why can't they tell us what it is, exactly what it covers, and the period it spans? As it is, it seems like a bribe. "Slip us a few quid and you can have it."