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Week Eight: It’s Not You, It’s Me.  No, Actually It Is You – Part 2

Week Eight: It’s Not You, It’s Me. No, Actually It Is You – Part 2

An agent had written me a very personal reply a year earlier saying he’d given Child Taken careful consideration. Twelve months on, with a much better version now in place, I sent it to him again. And got exactly the same ‘personal’ response. Identical to the last full stop! I was learning, not very quickly, but I was learning.

Week Seven: Here I Come, Ready Or Not – Part 2

Week Seven: Here I Come, Ready Or Not – Part 2

Nine months after I had the original idea for Child Taken, I’d got a first draft that wasn’t bad. But I’d heard an interview with Jeffrey Archer in which he said that he took his books through at least a dozen edits so I knew that this was just the beginning. Time to send? Many do but please, don’t be the slightest bit tempted.

Week Six: How’s The Book Coming Along – Part 2

Week Six: How’s The Book Coming Along – Part 2

I managed to go about eighteen months but eventually the cracks start to appear and you have to begin let others into the circle of trust. My mother-in-law was a fully paid up member before then as she wondered why I worked so late and was not home that much and telling her the truth was better than her thinking I was having an affair.

Week Five: More Coffee Over Here! – Part 2

Week Five: More Coffee Over Here! – Part 2

The hour or so first thing in the morning became so important for me, as did the three hours each evening after my day job finished at around five. It was important to feel comfortable; feel right. If they serve superb coffee, as 200 Degrees certainly do, then all the better.

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