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Friday, 18 March 2011
The Prince's English
That nice (if possibly quite a lot less exciting that one might have hoped - or is that just viewing monarchy through a 21st century prism?) Prince William has been bringing good cheer to the people of Christchurch. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, this is what he told them, (while donning the inevitable US-style emblazoned cap [but at least not backwards]): "There was a lot of us who were in the military were gnashing our teeth to get over here." Leaving aside the 'munted' (to use the Prince's word to describe Christchurch post-earthquake, reportedly) use of the verb 'to be', 'gnashing our teeth' is new to me in this context. 'Champing at the bit' would be more my idea of the king's English - but then neither William, nor indeed his father, is yet a king.
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, represented by Sheil Land. 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.