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gailaldwin

First 3 pages of a novel: adjudication

on June 16, 2015

It’s the Winchester Writers’ Conference on Friday and I submitted How to be Brave into the first 3 pages of a novel competition. Shortlisted entries will be posted at the conference on Saturday morning and winners announced in the evening. So, it was with some surprise that I received the adjudication to my entry yesterday. Actually, the feedback is quite handy as I can work it into my pitch when I meet publishers and agents during the one-to-one sessions I’ve booked.

Here is my elevator pitch for the story:

How to be Brave uses an alternating narrative style to show how misplaced childhood guilt impacts on adult life.

Here is an extract from the feedback:

This story has a unique premise which feels quite current and commercial and the two timelines is always a clever way to show backstory and help your readers really understand your characters.

There were also comments on things I need to address, so it’s giving me more direction on moving forwards.

I’ll let you know how I get on at the conference in my next post.

 

 

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2 responses to “First 3 pages of a novel: adjudication

  1. I wish I was going. Next year and I am going to ask to be a speaker. But regardless I want to go. Those comments are really good. I would love to see the whole. Good luck .

  2. suesteph says:

    Good luck with your entries and your one-to-ones. Sure you’ll do well.

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