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Writing and Publishing

So, I thought that this blog could use an infusion of information about writing (and, even, publishing). I don’t know much about these topics (certainly not about publishing), so, I picked the brains of other bloggers via pingbacks.

The Writer’s To-Do List

One hundred “rules” for writing fiction: 87-91

The 7 Deadly Sins of the Writer

How to Organize Your Self-Published Novel

What to Say to a Literary Agent on the Phone

What Really Sells a Book

Self-Publishing Week Wrap-Up

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Little Bee by Chris Cleave

Many residents in the building are retired and elderly, so many of the books are from the 70’s, 60’s, 50’s, 40’s and even the 30’s, the odd time. The ones from the 30’s and 40’s feel like historical artifacts and I like to browse through them just for that reason.

Little Bee is not one of them. (I saw a copy of it at Coles just the other day.)

This book is one of those that you can’t put down even after just the first few paragraphs. The novel is clever, light and profound. The story is told alternately from the perspective of a Nigerian refugee, Little Bee, and an English magazine editor, Sarah.

Little Bee has narrowly escaped the militia of her native land and heads for England, where she is detained at an immigration detention center for two years and escapes only because a fellow detainee exchanges their freedom for sexual favours with a detention officer. Sarah is on her way to her husband’s funeral with her 4-year-old son Charlie (a.k.a Batman), when Little Bee appears on her front step.

As the story unfolds, we find out that an earlier chance encounter between the two women changed the course of both of their lives and they need to deal with issues of suicide, betrayal, murder and what is to become of Little Bee.

What other bloggers thought: Little Bee, Reading Challenge Book #2, Little Bee, Bookslist: Must Read Travels.

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First up: The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff

….is an absorbing read, which is part fantasy, part reality, part history and altogether fiction.

Willie Upton, a brilliant graduate student, returns home disgraced, pregnant by her married professor. Her family has deep and illustrious roots in the small town of Templeton and through letters, journals and first-hand testimonies of the deceased, Willie’s heritage comes to light as she searches for her real father and tries to figure out what to do next.

Here’s more from the author.

And, what another blogger thought: Monsters of Templeton,


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