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Brilliant interview, you two! So looking forward to reading this book!
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Great post! It's so useful for a writer to see submissions from the other side of the fence. And I fully agree - I need to be moved by a story. And I can't wait until the last sentence for that to happen.
Toggle Commented Jul 4, 2012 on Submit Or Be Damned? at Postcards from a Flat Land
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I'm so pleased you've joined us as Fiction Editor. It's a real experience, being on the other side of the fence. And such a joy when you get to accept something wonderful!
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I'm really enjoying reading these posts, Kate. As someone with a novel about to go the other way - English to Dutch - I can't even begin to understand how it can be done. When the voice has been agonised over, tweeked to perfection, how can the translator find a life for that in a new language. No pressure or anything! It's very reassuring to see how you feel the weight of responsibility for it, the author of the book you're working on is very lucky.
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Hi Kate, My first beta-reader is my husband. I know people say you shouldn't do that, but he's my best friend and he's honest with me. He can give me a readers perspective.Then my writer friend Martha Williams and I did a reciprocal beta-reading of first chapters, which was really helpful. Martha was very critical (in a good way) and thorough, and we're still friends! When I was getting ready to submit, I asked a couple of friends on Twitter if they wouldn't mind having a look too. Mostly what that gave me was the confidence to submit what I had... I think beta-reading is a great idea, and happy to do a swap sometime if you need! Claire
Toggle Commented May 24, 2011 on Buddies and Readers at Postcards from a Flat Land
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I should try that for Amélie, although it may be just a bit too old. She did see the film at Christmas though and was absorbed. Then last week I was playing Vivaldi's 'Winter' and she said 'This reminds me of the witch in The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe'... We're currently reading the Anna Hibiscus books, which are lovely.
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Wonderful! They thing they're so big, until they're not!
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Beautifully polished, slightly pointy stone...
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This is a great post, Kate. It sounds like you've had a great year, driven in some part by you deciding it would be. I tackle the subject of 'What do I want? What do we want?' frequently in my day job. I often ask people to put themselves one, five or ten years in the (ideal) future and describe what it is like there and how they got there - the challenges they faced, the decisions they made, the help they needed. It's based on the premise that you can't get there from here, but you can get here from there . That's to say you have to picture and stand in your detailed future before you can figure out the path that takes you there. Most people are surprised how this kind of process can be very illuminating, and even if you don't get the "right" answer, it clears some of the fog away from possible futures. Here's wishing you a wonderful 2012 whatever you decide.
Toggle Commented Nov 26, 2010 on This (Writing) Life at Postcards from a Flat Land
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I once read somewhere that home is your mother tongue. For me it makes sense - even when living in Russian or French speaking countries that I have made my home and truly loved, retreat into English has been so relaxing and calming. I wonder what Nola, Amélie & Beatrix will make of that?
Toggle Commented Oct 21, 2010 on It's All Greek to Me at Postcards from a Flat Land
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