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Tuesday, 8 April 2008

The last line that leads to more.

The moment when you write the last sentence of your novel is so special. It has to finish the book and leave it open for the next in the series. It's important, no critical that you get it right. The trouble is it is elusive. A bit like the perfect body or the purest diamond. More often than not you'll be teasing that last sentence out for weeks or months before you decide on the correct structure. You'll be happy with it. You'll think - YES! YES! YES! I've done it - only to find when you come back for the read through - the last line just isn't right.
Well, I'm hoping that that isn't the case with my latest novel. I've just finished my latest 7-9 novel Wybird's Secret Pet and still love the last line. It leads on to the next book in the series - Wybird's Circle of Stone, yet to be written. I'm hoping this will be the book to get me the publishing contract I crave. With a good bit of luck and a lot of hope I'm keen to get this one under the nose of the right agent or publisher or even better both.


Charlotte Anne Braden, ARA SCBWI Scotland said...

Hi Susan,
I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for you! I've just received my latest rejection letter. Boo! A very nice letter from the editor but a rejection non the less. I've decided to go after an agent. Please keep your fingers crossed for me.
Great Blog! Oh, I've added your link to my blog, too! Thanks for adding mine to yours.
Smiles, Charlotte

Eamon said...

Susan. Good luck, wish you the best (been there ..). Do you do anything special after you write your last sentence?

Susan said...

Thanks for popping on over Charlotte. I've been trying agents and publishers for a few years now. I've had good responses from publishers and a few agents but still not the elusive contract. But I'm still going and I'm going to keep on going until I get achieve my goal. There is no giving up now.

Eamon you ask what I do when I write my last sentence (collapse in a heap and sleep) well that is what I would to do. Mostly I have a cup of tea and a somethiing tasty from the cupboard. I'm saving the champagne and lobster for when the publising deal arrives. I have three bottles in waiting.