Sunday, February 20, 2011

On the Road Again



In North Wales tonight, in a slightly chilly waterfront hotel, poring over the latest revisions to my novel. The deadline is next Monday, and I'm almost there with the book.

Plenty of fiddly little things to attend to though before I hand over the final draft to be copy-edited. Assuming my editor doesn't ask for further changes once she's seen how I've handled her original requests, that is.

Yesterday, I gave a lively workshop on novel-writing and took ten pitches for Embrace Books at the annual Get Writing Conference at the University of Hertfordshire. Some of the pitchers went away disgruntled, having been informed that their novels were neither romance nor historical women's fiction, and therefore wouldn't fit our lines. I was later described as 'the Simon Cowell of romance writing'. Some people are so touchy ...

Met some marvellous people at Get Writing 2011 - readers, writers, editors, agents, buyers - including John Jarrold, Scott Pack, Matt Bates, the inimitable Raymond Tallis, and of course our own Jonathan Pinnock, soon to be launching 'Mrs Darcy Versus the Aliens' with Proxima Books (Salt).

Tomorrow, I am giving an interview at Bangor University, followed by a poetry reading in the evening, in connection with their Creative Writing courses. I shall read from my latest book of poetry Camper Van Blues, plus one or two poems from earlier books if there's time.

The rest of this half-term week will be spent between the Midlands and the deepest, darkest reaches of rural Cornwall, where relatives will be visited and children entertained.

Then I've arranged a two-night stay at a hotel near where I live, in order to polish off the last revisions, read through the whole manuscript, and prepare my Author's Note and Acknowledgements. There may be some head-beating against the wall involved if I don't manage to tidy up my revisions before that weekend. Because Monday will be too late to change my mind about them. 

Roll on, the ides of March. By then, I plan to have started my next novel.

7 comments:

Rachael said...

Exciting stuff. Most envious of hotel stay! Will you be writing 'Jane Holland finished her book here' on a handy statue in the manner of JK Rowling when you do finish writing?

Catherine Miller said...

Sounds like you have been very busy, Jane.

I missed Get Writing but will be heading to York and am looking forward to doing my pitches (first timer!) If all else fails - seen as Simon Cowell is in the building - I can always do a song! Or is that the nutter within I need to keep hidden from editors?

Good luck with the final edits :)

Jane Holland said...

Depends how famous I get, Rachael. Though, I gotta say, it would make a worryingly long list. I seem to have been 'finishing' this book for some months now!

Thanks, Catherine. I think discipline is needed more than luck, but I could certainly always use a little more of the latter. ;-)

Jane Holland said...

Oh, and by the way, well done, you're both through to the next round. Lol!

Rachael said...

Hooray. Right, for my next act I've got a unicycling dog. I'll go and fetch him.

Catherine Miller said...

Adding this to the CV now ;) I made it to bootcamp!

Myne Whitman said...

Good luck with the final edits and starting the next one, that can be quite exciting too.