I mentioned a while ago that you're never alone in Budapest. Wherever you go, there are unknown faces keeping an eye on you. In large parts of Sydney, there is nothing similar, but in the central business district you will find one or two kindly figures gazing down from above:
These last few have all been from the same building, the magnificent central post office, now alas little more than a facade, enclosing investment bankers plus fancypants sushi places and brand name jewellers et cetera. Many of the faces on its exterior are supposed to represent countries of the world or states of Australia. If you click on the pictures and look closely you can make out letters around the necks of many of them, which are abbreviations of whatever it is they are representing:
It would be stating the obvious to say, 'they don't make them like that any more', so I won't say it.
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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