Book review

I received the report from Alan who reviewed the book. His report was encouraging.

This plot-driven story held me and I wanted to keep reading to find out what would happen. Some of the action sequences in Beirut and the jungle were really enthralling. There is a real authenticity to many sequences. The UN convoy leaving Beirut was particularly evocative and believable. I found the Buddhist temple massacre strong and really […]

By |May 1st, 2013|Reviews, Sacred Tears Book|Comments Off

Independent review

I am at the stage where I need a fresh set of eyes to go over the narrative. Sarah (my editor) and I decided it was time.  So I sent the manuscript to an professional editor who was recommended to me to review the work I have done so far. Alan’s report is due in two weeks and I am anxiously waiting to see what he has to say.

By |April 18th, 2013|Reviews, Sacred Tears Book|Comments Off

Book club feedback

The Woodlands Book Club in the UK has been running since 2008 and meet once a month to discuss the book they are reading. I was given the opportunity, through a friend at the club, for them to review a very early draft of Sacred Tears. The Club have never reviewed a book that was being written and found the whole process quite enlightening. While it was risky for […]

By |March 18th, 2013|Book Clubs, Sacred Tears Book|Comments Off

Final edit received

Just received the final edit from Sarah and her report is encouraging as ever.

“What a good rewrite you’ve done! You have really tightened it up. The story is much more taut and pacy. Everything that was working well before is now allowed to shine. Your action is better than ever and the details of setting, especially in the jungle, is very good.”

But she also cautions me, “there are some issues to be resolved […]

By |March 16th, 2013|Editing and Proofreading, Reviews|Comments Off

Getting there

Just received a progress report from Sarah who is editing my latest manuscript. She has completed about two thirds of the work and should have it ready by the end of next week the latest. Cannot wait! In the meantime I am working on preparing material for the website which is being developed by a friend of mine.

Size matters

When I first began writing Sacred Tears, I set myself no targets other than to write a thousand words a day. I had developed an outline for the narrative and  I wrote at every opportunity I got. Very soon I found myself racing past 50,000 words, and then 100,000 words. But when I past the 200,000 word mark, I realized that there were still a number of chapters to write, and […]

By |March 6th, 2013|Sacred Tears Book|Comments Off

My first book …

Sacred Tears is my first attempt at writing a book.  Coming from an information writing background, I needed to transform into a creative writer which I did with the help of a published author. Sarah Armstrong, an award winning Australian radio and TV journalist, decided to become a full time author and went through the same process I am going through to change her style of writing. Her critically acclaimed […]