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.