Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Write to be Published - review

Write to be Published by Nicola Morgan

Along with every other English-speaking writer with a smidgen of sense I've been a fan of Nicola Morgan ever since I discovered her wonderful blog. When I first found it, I was busy writing womag stories and doing ok at getting them published, so much of her advice on writing novels and approaching agents or publishers was not so relevant to me. But I loved the blog anyway and kept going back.

And now, just when I'm embarking on editing my first completed novel, with a view to sending it out into the big scary world in a few months time, the wonderful woman distils her blog's advice into a handy paperback which you can read in the bath.

It's simple - all you have to do is "write the right book in the right way, send it to the right publisher in the right way and at the right time." Then they'll publish you. Nicola takes you through all the steps of this process. There's no guarantee - you do have to be able to write, and there's a mention of some necessary fairy dust which I believe you need to sprinkle into your submission envelope - but if you follow the advice in this book you'll definitely increase your chances.

I've just read it cover to cover - including the acknowledgements at the end which includes womagwriter! Cheers, Nicola! I'm going to re-read the bits on editing your book soon when I get going with the edits. And I'll re-read the bits about submission when I get to that stage.

A very helpful, easy to read, no-nonsense, enjoyable book for anyone who likes to write and wants to be published. Thoroughly recommended.

8 comments:

Nicola Morgan said...

OMG - I can't believe you can buy actual fairy dust! Why didn't I know this sooner??

Thank you for your lovely review but I must stress that you must not put actual fairy dust or anything else in your submission envelope, unless it's completely invisible...

Also, there is an awful lot to understand about the "right" book, written in the "right" way, isn't there? A whole book's worth, in fact!

Patsy said...

I've read the book and agree it's great.

Thanks for the fairy dust link.

And thanks to Nicola for reminding me to only put it on the outside of the envelope (a tiny pinch under the stamp, perhaps?)

womagwriter said...

Amazon'll be selling out of that fairy dust in no time!

Sally Zigmond said...

I agree with your review, womag. I shall blog about this fab book myself in the not so distant future.

I think, however, I ought to start my own business selling invisible fairy dust. I can foresee a lucrative career ahead of me.

Queenie said...

It is indeed a fab book. And a top review.

JO said...

I'm waiting for my book to arrive from the publishers. But want to join in the admiration for a great blog - common sense told with such wonderful humour. Somehow Nicola manages to write in a way that addresses each of her 1000+ readers individually.

Karen said...

Sounds like I could have done with this a few years ago :o)

Nicola Morgan said...

Lovely comments, everyone. I am very lucky.

Jo - I'm disturbed to think that you still might be waiting for your book, as someone told me today that she was still waiting. It was kind and loyal of you to buy direct from the publisher and I'd hate to think you were the last to get it, as other outlets have been sending them out for ten days. Could I suggest you email Emma@Snowbooks.com again to see what has happened? Thanks for everything. Your comment about seeming to speak to each reader individually was lovely!