Structure by guest author Allison Symes — Valerie Penny’s Book Reviews

This article was first published on 24 Novermber 2016 at http://allisonsymes-thisworldandothers.weebly.com/blog—creating-worlds/structure I used to be frightened of the thought of story structure. It seemed too formal, too technical etc. I’ve found it helpful to think of it as the “edit where I check the story makes sense”, which I appreciate is something of a mouthful! But […]

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The Suitable Inheritor by Pushpendra Mehta — Valerie Penny’s Book Reviews

Pushpendra Mehta kindly sent me a copy of his debut novel, The Suitable Inheritor and asked me to review the book. I like and respect Pushpendra and am always a little wary about reviewing a book in these circumstances. I am always honest, even if the author is a friend or acquaintance. This sometimes causes problems! […]

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Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno , ” 1. To Marcel Proust “ — agenda19892010

If a heir of a wealthy family, or middle-class family, choses an intellectual profession e.g. artist or scholar, doesn’t matter if for talent or for weakness, then he falls in a unconfortable situation among his coworkers. He’s envied for his economic independence or reckoned a insincere one, he’s suspected to be a secret agent of […]

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Being West Kilbride by Stephen Brown — Valerie Penny’s Book Reviews

When I first met my husband, he told me he lived in West Kilbride. I had never heard of the village so assumed I had misheard him and said “East Kilbride?” back to him. He replied, “No, West Kilbride, I know where I live.” That established, he as been patient and dogmatic in equal measure […]

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Novel #writing: On finding the Right Literary Agent #QueryTip — Daily (w)rite

Novel writing isn’t for the impatient (or wise, for that matter). I’ve been writing mine since end 2011, and this year, I’ve finally found a literary agent for it, and for my writing. An insightful editor, an entertaining conversationalist and email-writer who doesn’t mince his words, and a wry tweeter of cat pictures: Ed Wilson…

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Want #QueryTip from a Literary Agent ? #MSWL — Daily (w)rite

Publishing professionals have often appeared on this blog as part of an ongoing guest post series. After a bit of break, it is my absolute pleasure today to welcome Kirsty McLachlan, an established literary agent at David Godwin Associates. Meet Literary Agents: London Writers’ ClubI met her at the London Writer’s Club, a venue and…

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