Now on the first Monday of the month, I usually write about a book thing rather than my travels – such as they are. Right now I’m in the “Shall I, shan’t I?” stage regarding my next book. Do other writers suffer a sort of empty nest syndrome after launching their latest offering out into the world to meet the general public? (Not that Amie has gone anywhere she’s still lurking in the shadows!)
This time after the flurry of all the screaming and shrieking about the launch – delicately of course – I sat back and thought ‘what now?’ I was physically and emotionally drained. At that point, I heard a little voice from under the bed crying out to me. Don’t laugh! I’m a very sensitive person and I have these flashes occasionally. It was Horatio, begging to be let out.
Back in the 1980s, I wrote several short stories for children which went out on the South African Broadcasting Service. They asked for more Horatio tales, but I had a miserly thought that instead of receiving a few Rand for every flighting I could add a few extra stories and have a whole book. Of course, this would sell millions overnight and I’d be off on my mega yacht in no time at all. I submitted a different series of stories about a witch to the SABC, completed Horatio and gave the manuscript to my then agent. I even produced what I now know is called swag to go with it.
I understand she tried Penguin in London who wrinkled their noses and that was that under the bed it went in South Africa, through 10 house moves, then packed into a cardboard box and flown to Spain and thrown under yet another bed, along with all those awards I shall never look at again.
So in my indecisive mood I decided to take action – not an easy feat getting under our bed the hydraulic lift thingie doesn’t work too well and I nearly sliced off an arm hoisting it out. Would you believe the two copies I have are typewritten on real, old-fashioned paper!
Yes, that’s how long ago I wrote it. So now I’m labouring away, got an illustrator lined up and soon I will pluck up the courage to tell DH that the next offering will have pictures in it! I must just tell myself that I will not have a nervous breakdown trying to get it out for Xmas, or I’ll aim for Christmas 2018.
Since I’m already out there in 3 genres, what’s one more? I’m probably schizophrenic as it is, and it gives Amie a break for a couple of months.
Not only was Edward or David as he was called – they like things to be very complicated, downgraded to a Duke, the British royal family refused to be friends with him. He had broken the unwritten rules by saying he didn’t want to be a king anymore.
That was not on. If you are born a king or queen then you become a king or queen and you rule whether you like it or not and you stay ruling until you go to the big throne room in the sky.
The House of Windsor does not do this abdication thing and let the youngsters take over and have a go. In the UK the Heir Apparent might wait for years and years and years.
But there was no stopping Edward from making history and after a lot of fuss, his younger brother had to step in and take over.
THE BOASTING BIT
Just have to share with you that October was a great month with two really unexpected awards. Amie African Adventure was a Finalist in the Book Excellence Awards in the Adventure category and a Finalist in the IAN awards in Literary Fiction.
And, Walking over Eggshells was a Finalist for First Non-Fiction in the IAN Awards, so I am very thrilled.
Till next week, take care.
4 thoughts on “MONSTERS AND MONARCHS”
It is such an awful business, I can’t understand why Amie isn’t selling like hotcakes!
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What a kind thing to say 🙂 . It’s getting the word out I think Susan. But there is a lot of competition out there and a lot of good books too. I read somewhere that a new book is uploaded to Amazon every 5 minutes and so many people don’t see a need to buy books there are so many free ones out there 😦
Well, I shall look forward to seeing Horatio when he appears! I wish I had a few small relatives to read him to, but I don’t! Just a thought? Wh note expand your worst riding school in the world story? I’ve got the second one ready to read, and I loved the first. If you don’t have enough for a whole book, make it a roman a clef, as in fictional non fiction. My Eceentrics are really that. So much of it is true, but I wanted to make it a novel. It gave me a bit more licence but it was good to have the stories already there!
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Val it was you who suggested I write a book about my riding school, and when I decided to produce a reader magnet it seemed the ideal topic. It only lasted just under 3 years, so I’m not sure I could have made it a full-length book without waffling. Part 2 is only for my newsletter subscribers and, I shall be posting in a day or two the first paperback copy was delivered to the door yesterday. This will never go out on sale and I shall only order in a few, number and sign them and then offer them as very special prizes. Who knows, if I ever became famous those copies could be worth a fortune in 100 years!! Ha, ha, who am I kidding 🙂