October Writing Update: editing progress

Still working on that final, final draft.

It’s time to post an update on my writing for the 5 Year Project Do You Have Goals? blog hop. My goal is to write a novel (done) and get it published (working on it).

I’ve just finished editing chapter four of the final, final draft of the Orbital Contract. Feel ashamed not to have finished the whole novel by now, but I’ve been busy with the new grandbaby, dog walking, and enjoying Manchester. Continue reading “October Writing Update: editing progress”

August update: the final draft

I am taking part in the 5 Year Project, and my aim is to get a novel written and published.

As regular readers know, I have partly succeeded, because I have written two novels. The first one is historical fiction, set in the Tang Dynasty, China. Sadly the novel remains unpublished. I have been unable to get an agent interested, despite good feedback. Either agents don’t “feel passionate” or it’s “not the type of thing we’re looking for.” Continue reading “August update: the final draft”

Shortlisted for an Award

As a writer, you learn to expect the unexpected.

Me with bookI discovered, almost by accident, that I am on the shortlist for an award…

for my non-fiction book
Walking the English Coast: A Beginner’s Guide.

The International Rubery Book Award is designed specifically for small independent  presses and for self-published writers.

I notice that the winners for of the 2015 and 2016 non-fiction awards were both books about the coast. For that reason, and because the standard seems very high, I don’t expect to win. But it’s wonderful to be shortlisted.

Here is what they say about my book:

Walking the English Coast: A Beginner’s Guide 
Ruth Livingstone
A book written by a GP who decided to follow her own advice about fitness and embarked on the ambitious project of walking all 5,500 miles of the British Coast.  Written in a deceptively straightforward style, it offers practical advice that you feel you ought to know, but actually don’t, from what shoes to wear to how to deal with cows.  It’s the kind of book you glance at, intending to pick out a few sections, then can’t put down.

It’s been a dry period for my writing.

dry period for writingI’ve entered several short stories into competitions with no luck and continued my fruitless quest for agents for my two novels, again with no luck…

It’s been a long time since I submitted my book and, to be honest, I thought it had been rejected. What a great way to start the week! And it’s funny what some encouragement will do… it spurred me on to find a developmental editor for my sci-fi novel.

Time to move forward and get my next book published.

Is Christmas the right time to buy a book about walking?

Stuck for Christmas presents? Try buying books.

Gift ideas for Xmas?

buying books for ChristmasI really don’t know much about selling, but I’ve shifted a few copies of my non-fiction book, Walking the English Coast, in the past few weeks.

People are buying copies as presents for other people, or even as presents for themselves.

In the New Year we start thinking about exercise and make resolutions to get healthy. So, in January I expect demand will go up! Continue reading “Is Christmas the right time to buy a book about walking?”