Preparing for Submission

I'm on my last day of a week's leave. ~sob sob~

So I'm a little hurried to get chapters 1-3 of my 'Anarchy' part 1 ready for submission. I'm not sure how difficult it is to sell a trilogy to a new publisher but I'm about to find out! ;-)

Chapter 1 is completed and I'm happy with it but chapter 2 needs a little more tweaking. Only then can I address chapter 3 again for what seems like the 50th time! The help and feedback I receive from writer friends is so important as it shows me issues I - as the creator of the piece - don't see. Always wise to have a few more pairs of eyes.

And, of course, it's time for preparing a query letter and synopsis. I don't like drafting them as you have to really sell yourself - and I'm not a sales person. Going back to the query and synopsis for Highland Arms, the focus is again on the storyline. Easier with a one-off novel; trickier with a trilogy which isn't completed yet. No doubt, I'll have fun! ;-)

I'm going to approach a UK publisher of historical fiction first. Wish me luck!

Interviewed today at Rachel Brimble's blog!

Join me today as I visit the blog of the lovely
Rachel Brimble - Romance Writer


I'm thrilled that Rachel, herself a brilliant romance author, offered me a slot. An expert interviewer, she made me reveal details about authors who inspired me, plotting and creating settings!

Check out our interview now!

Join us at Rachel Brimble - Romance Writer! :-)


We're looking forward to seeing you there!

A walk in Edinburgh - of a different kind!

Today was the first day for a relaxing stroll with hubby after a work- and Fringe-manic summer. It seems July and August just whizzed by, shrouded in drizzle and cool air, while the annual summer shenanigans at work took their toll on my writing/editing/critiquing time. Although I must admit, a recent visit from friends and the associated nightly outings into the city to explore the various delights (and horrors) the Fringe Festival threw at us also took their toll. Three weeks of constant evenings out led our cats to turn into moody monsters and our bank accounts ransacked.

But now it's September, everything calms down again, and suddenly we get a sunny, warm Sunday to enjoy. So off we went earlier (me a little tired after writing till nearly 3am) to stroll along the Braid Hill Hermitage trail. I've past the entrance to the council-owned park numerous times, not least to repeated vet visits last week, but I've never spotted the delightful woodland behind the high walls.





Through the gates we went, entering a peaceful, calm oasis of trees, with a narrow stream flowing alongside a path. Guess the stream was there before the path was created but what a perfect setting. Within a minute you couldn't hear any traffic and the number of smiling dogwalkers, their charges happily chasing around, was surprisingly high. As was the number of families out and about, proof that the traditional 'Sunday family walkie' still exists in some parts of society.



Ice House

I wish to share a few snapshots of our stroll which only encompassed part of the whole area that covers the 'Hermitage of Braid and Blackford Hill Local Nature Reserve'. I guess we'll return for more explorations along the trails.




Hermitage House