We went to see The Walworth Farce last night. It was not a very long play so when we got home we made some dinner and turned on the television and watched Midsomer Murders. Strangely enough, both dramas - The Walworth Farce and Midsomer Murders - dealt with the theme of children and overbearing parents and the impossible struggle to escape. One was more entertaining than the other though. And, while I know that entertainment should not be my only requirement, I do find it easier to take hard medicine in a palatable form. Just as oats are good for you, but taste better when mixed with raisins and dried mango to make muesli, so tragedy is easier to bear when a few laughs are thrown in. Unfortunately, in The Walworth Farce the laughs were - like the bits of dried mango in most muesli - rather few and far between.
I wrote a novel that the London literary agency Sheil Land tried to sell for me. One publisher thought it was "compelling". Another said, "It’s pacy and gripping, and the plot is great." A third commented that it "is a warm, engaging and easy read", while a fourth considered that, "It is a good story (stories) well told". If you want to see what you think, you can find it here.
I wrote a novel that Sheil Land represented, unsuccessfully. One publisher thought it was "compelling, but it wouldn’t be easy to categorize – it is somewhere between ‘literary’ and ‘commercial’, and would need to be one or the other to be pitched for successfully in an acquisition meeting." Another said, 'It’s pacy and gripping, and the plot is great, but it lacks that lighter women’s fiction feeling. The writing is undeniably good but I’m not quite sure how I would position it on our list.'A third commented that it "is a warm, engaging and easy read but this ‘middle market fiction’ is a really tough area', while a fourth considered that, "It is a good story (stories) well told, but just missing the X-factor that would make me fall in love with it." I wanted to write an entertaining novel that I would like when I was in the mood for something thoughtful & amusing that I could enjoy without too much effort. If you would like to read it yourself, you can find it at http://cargocollective.com/Unrealities/Holding-On-a-novel.
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