My Weekly Pocket Novel

I’m really excited to be able to report that my first Pocket Novel has been accepted by My Weekly. It’s working title is ‘Girl With Amber Eyes’ but I am fully expecting that they will change the title.

This isn’t my first attempt at a Pocket Novel. My first attempt was the story that is now published novel number three (‘Fortune’s Promise’ – published by Endeavour Press in March 2017.) The first version of that story was 30,000 words long and I submitted it to the Romantic Novelists Association for a critique. By the time the critique was returned to me with ideas for improvement, the required word length had increased to 50,000 words. I put the story on one side and eventually added another couple of plot strands, making it more suitable for a full length novel.

The idea of writing a Pocket Novel hadn’t disappeared from my wish list. I wrote down ‘the bones’ of the story in November 2015 during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and submitted the synopsis and first chapter last July. I received a lot of positive encouragement from Maggie Swinburne at My Weekly – and she also told me the elements of the story that she didn’t like. I sent regular instalments of the story – acting on any suggestions I was given in between times. I submitted the full story at the beginning of November 2016 and was thrilled when I got the news last week that My Weekly wanted to buy the story.

Pocket Novels are published once a fortnight and are available in newsagents and supermarkets or by subscription.

More news soon!



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