Anna

Anna

38 years old
Female
Location
Matlock
United Kingdom
Current Status
Re-drafting novel (again!)
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  • Are you a ...?
    Unpublished writer (so far)
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    Romantic fiction, chicklit, etc
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Soppy
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    Jenny Colgan, Chris Manby, Jane Costello
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    Probably something by Jenny Colgan or Chris Manby
    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?
    Some self-editing
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    To have novels published!
    Your worst habit?
    Losing motivation
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    It is a tough game, but everyone does their best
    Where do you write?
    At home
    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 have two children and a cat, am an Avon Rep and part-time cleaner Have been writing on and off for years but with no success - would be good to chat to others in similar position.

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    Anna
    Anna Re-drafting novel (again!)
    4 days ago
    • Squidge
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      Squidge Yup...me too. For the umpteenth time! Determined to crack it this time - but much harder than normal as I'm redrafting something written nearly ten years ago!
      4 days ago
    • Anna
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      Anna Oh good luck with that! I have had mine on the go for a few years too (but not as long as you!) - keep putting it to bed then re-visiting it, but this time I have a bit of guidance that I gained on here to help!
      16 hours ago
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    Island Anna
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    Anna
    Anna When is it time to give up on submitting my novel to agents after so many rejections?
    26 days ago
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      Anna I think I need to edit the book myself before trying again, as I can see where I have gone wrong with the early chapters. I can't really afford to pay for professional editing, but have found the critiques offered on this site very useful.
      21 days ago
    • Philippa
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      Philippa It's never time to give up. :) But.... it might be time to look at why your submission isn't working. Is your cover letter letting you down? Is there a flaw in the writing which is putting agents off? The Cloud is here to help....
      26 days ago
    • Anna
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      Anna Something is obviously lacking. Where is the best place to post my writing for a critique? I have tried joining a few groups but none of them seem to be very active.
      26 days ago
    • Philippa
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      Philippa Ah, yes, The groups actually tend not to be (despite what it says on the critiques forum). Best place is the General Critiques topic, in the Forum. Read the pinned post at the top first about how to seek a Critique. Etiquette says you should try to give feedback on others' work (even just as a reader) before seeking some for yourself. (You'll also learn lots about good writing for yourself through doing this.). When you do come to post your own work, 2,000 words is a good amount at a time.
      26 days ago
    • Anna
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      Anna Ok, thanks for the advice - I think it is time to put some of it out there to see if there is anything in my work or what I need to work on to make it more publishable.
      26 days ago
    • Shelley
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      Shelley I read "don't think of giving up until you've had 80 rejections, don't give up until you've had 100. Then write another book."
      22 days ago
    • Anna
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      Anna Good advice I think! It is easy to lose motivation and become convinced that I'm not good enough to be a 'proper writer', so I have periods where I don't write for ages, but always come back to it. I have had some good advice and feedback through this site so will keep trying!
      22 days ago
    • Shelley
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      Shelley I think your best bet is to spam the agents. Send out a couple a day, that gets you through about 30 before you get your first rejection. You're disheartened, but 29 agents can still have a chance to reply. :-)
      22 days ago
    • Philippa
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      Philippa Yeah, um, not sure about the spamming... if 0/10 agents reject your book outright, chances are the next 10 will too. The problem is most likely the common denominator, i.e. the book / submission! Which, happily, can always be improved. However, who will you send the improved version too if you've already spammed all suitable agents?
      22 days ago
    • Shelley
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      Shelley Okay, spam is not the right word, but agents don't expect you to be waiting for each and every reply before sending out. The thing is, have you had your manuscript professionally edited? It's worth the money. Having a second set of eyes who are already in the business tell you what's working and what's not is very helpful. If they say you're ready to go, you probably are.
      22 days ago
    • Anna
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      Anna I think I need to edit the book myself before trying again, as I can see where I have gone wrong with the early chapters. I can't really afford to pay for professional editing, but have found the critiques offered on this site very useful.
      21 days ago
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    Anna
    Anna has accepted Chloe's friend request.
    28 days ago
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    • L.
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      L. Hi Anna, best is to start looking the different discussion around the forum and just join in the conversation. Only joined a few months ago and found people are really friendly and open.
      28 days ago
    • Anna
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      Anna Thanks for the friend request - I am new to this and not sure what to do/who to connect with!
      28 days ago
    • Chloe
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      Chloe Hi! I am new as well and only joined today. Im looking through members and trying to connect with people that like similar genres as me.
      28 days ago
    • L.
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      L. Hi Anna, best is to start looking the different discussion around the forum and just join in the conversation. Only joined a few months ago and found people are really friendly and open.
      28 days ago
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    Anna joined The Word Cloud
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