July 19 2012. A step in the right direction, nay a drive up to Harrogate to the Swan Hotel for the Theakstons Crime Writing Festival. Well if it was good enough for Agatha, the Swan is certainly good enough for me .Really good day and learnt a great deal. Morning session spent with Greg Mosse leading a two hour session on plotting and writing, that was followed by success stories. Inspired by Louise Voss and Mark Edwards who used the internet and Amazon / Kindle sales to get noticed by a publisher. Way to go … The afternoon session was a Forensics session with with Stuart MacBride & forensic scientists from The James Hutton Institute. Finally the day was rounded off with The Dragons Pen where prospective and hopeful authors pitched their books to two agents and two reps from publishing houses. Really interesting to see what they did and did not like. ( Note to self, no SF, Jack the Ripper, supernatural, modern day killers or gimmicky story lines in crime novels). Historical crime fiction not pitched at all. Really need to think about re-drafting my stuff, it needs more suspense, more pace and more about the main characters.Might well have to start the story further back in the timeline.
These are the mumblings of prospective writer Michael Sheridan who will be back with more witterings soon………………………….