Articles by: R.

Agent Hunter: the Hunt for a Literary Agent Ends Here?

August 1, 2013 8:00 am1 comment
Agent Hunter: the Hunt for a Literary Agent Ends Here?

Wait, I can explain. This post – (hopefully) unlike the books represented by the majority of literary agents who didn’t bother replying to me – took a little longer to get going due to an interminable prelude that negates action and thus fails to advance the story. (The irony probably […]

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The Top 3 Least Likely (and Likeable) Movie Aliens

April 4, 2013 6:10 pm2 comments
The Top 3 Least Likely (and Likeable) Movie Aliens

A poll conducted by NASA and the Science and Entertainment Exchange compiled a list of the ‘least plausible’ science fiction movies of all time‘.   Unsurprisingly, 2012 got the gong for the worst offender whilst Gattaca, according to Space Agency boffins, ticked the most boxes with regard to science textbook […]

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Amazon and Publishing – It’s a Jungle Out There

January 5, 2013 4:58 pm0 comments
Amazon and Publishing – It’s a Jungle Out There

I read an interesting article about what Amazon are up to with their publishing program and the way the wider publishing industry views it (surprise, surprise – they don’t like it much). This article points out that in today’s climate the only irreplaceable elements in the publishing process are the writer […]

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Queen’s English Society says ‘Enuf is Enough, innit’

January 2, 2013 5:38 pm0 comments
Queen’s English Society says ‘Enuf is Enough, innit’

I read an article recently about the Queen’s English Society having closed. (Hands up, I co-opted the clever title from that article for this blog post, and therefore the copyright remains with the author; however, as no one actually cared enough to read the source material, I should be fine.) Whoa-whoa-WHOA! Closed?  Now […]

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The Literary Agent’s Secret Code: What Every Rejected Writer Needs to Know

December 30, 2012 4:36 pm1 comment
The Literary Agent’s Secret Code: What Every Rejected Writer Needs to Know

This post is in response to an agent who recently replied to me asking what exactly is it that I want him to do for me. It’s like a surgeon asking you to tell him what you think is wrong and where the best place to start the incision would […]

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Product Placement: Coming Soon to a Book Near You

September 15, 2012 1:16 pm0 comments
Product Placement: Coming Soon to a Book Near You

Big Macs and Whoppers vying to become integrated plot devices in fiction novels? Cans of Coca-Cola and Dr. Pepper defining compelling character arcs in YA/tween fantasy? Hip, young, internet-aware fiction characters using the nutritional and manufacturing advice on corporate web sites to argue their choice of everything from fast food […]

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