Australian Society of Authors asks that all
manuscript chapters be submitted in hard copies, doubled spaced single sided A4
paper and held together with one bulldog clip..
I frantically rummage around
in the desk drawers and I find only two options.
They are novelty bulldog clips
that were a Father’s Day present for Mr Frenchie way back. They seemed
like a fun idea at the time.
Following a garbled text message to my ex-neighbour - the exquisite human being and incredibly gifted author Jaclyn Moriarty, (who fortunately
only moved a block away) came dashing up the street with a handful of
'plain' bulldog clips clutched in her hand.
She is my rock and my cheer squad through
this process. And thanks to her, my ‘baby’ left the
building by post that afternoon. It’ not like she hasn’t better things to do either,
prize-winning, best-selling, does-it-for-a-living kind of author, busy finalising her third book in the Colours Of Madeline trilogy. I am in awe of her talent and her endless
generosity in encouraging me to explore mine.
So this opportunity came up with not much time to get
my chapters ready, but it's worth it if I can gain a professional mentor and
editor to help me polish my 'finished'
manuscript to a publisher ready state.
I’ve italicized the word finished
because it is not,
strictly speaking, finished. N
But I figure, the short list won’t be announced until
December, the winners announced a month later so they can’t possibly want to
see an entire draft before February… surely not.
I’m only about 20k words short. Piece of cake, (eh
was another opportunity to land a deal with a New York literary agent, this
deadline is only end of January. I have to submit my first 8k words of my finished manuscript; again using the term
I completed a synopsis and project plan for the first submission, so that’s
I’ve edited the first several chapters
which amounts to just under eight thousand words and they’ve not asked for a literary
CV like the ASA so I’m as good as done. (uh-huh)
Well yes, about twenty thousand words behind done.
This all fell in my lap on Halloween week at the end of which my little daughter
had invited some girlfriends over for a party “with decorations and games and
special food, mummy!’
And I hadn’t started making her custom hosiery
at that stage.
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