public reading of one page

already written the one page a few times, but reading out loud to the public is the best ‘self critique’ you can give yourself
recommend it


back to the keyboard

no more marketing dreams or was it nightmares

back to a novel that’s getting more
autobiographical – umm…hope this isn’t
going to be as dangerous as it sounds


Writer’s life a roller-coaster

And I’m hanging on to the rail.

Been back a couple of days recovering from the idea that my book is not marketable
– after the feedback at the Marketing Conference

Until I got this e-mail this evening.

“I thought you had written it superbly. I like all your descriptive writings and your turn of phrase. It makes for very interesting reading, and is, of course, a most unusual topic. The story is absorbing and thought-provoking and is bound to be of interest to many people. ”

I immediately stopped licking my wounds. Yes, I do have to address some problems pointed out to me
at the Conference but I am NOT going to give up my narrative and cut it up to make short-stories
just got to make it work better.


Man’s Dilemma, God’s Solution…

Hopefully as inspiring as the title – glad to hear about this

Book Hub, Inc.

Book Hub Inc. presents Lampman Press’s “One Christian’s Perspective of Man’s Dilemma God’s Solution” by Steve Lampman.


     Many people today would list many different things as being man’s dilemma—such things as health problems, unemployment, poverty, crime, war, and so on. Each, of course, is a problem found in every society, excluding none. One could say man’s dilemma is universal and they would be correct.  However, each of the things listed above are actually the result of man’s dilemma, not the cause. The cause is found in man’s depravity. In that depravity, every un-regenerated human being sets his own standard as to his or her conduct of life. Man has rejected the absolute standard of his creator and as a result is alienated toward not only God, but from one another. Man has no solution for this and therein lays the dilemma. God, on the other hand, has the solution…

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More hot tips from Muse and the Marketplace

To begin with I can recommend the conference – there are so many aspects to writing covered in such a relaxed and informal setting that even I, who hated school, wanted to sit still and suck up more information.
I ducked out of the session I signed up on How To Get the Most Out of Google and gate-crashed Point of View. In this conference the simplest sounding course is ‘advanced’ and this one answered a lot of questions I didn’t know I had.
Then onto a very well attended session that I hadn’t signed up for but which obviously was popular and I found out why. Ellen Cassedy had just won the National Book Award that Grub Street sponsors, and had much good advice about writing memoirs, quoting many good poets along the way, to ‘sweeten the pie’.
I had a one to one session with an editor of Harvard Review who gave me some great suggestions about taking my opus and doing a time-line narrative.
Today I have a lot to think about, and probably only another four years’ writing before the book is finished.
wish me love

Are you ready for this?

I confess I wasn’t.

The word from AGENTS…query by email in general, send out 50 to 200 query

To get list of agents names go to or The Insiders Guide to
Agents and Publishers.

Include title, word count, genre, demographic and keep to one page
HOOK is description of your story that could go on the book jacket.

Signing with an agent could take one to two years.

OR you could publish on Amazon to-day!

I’m exhausted by to-day, hope to be in better shape tomorrow.
Am working on my ‘elevator pitch’ ie. One sentence to describe the book.


Impressed by Grub Street Writers Group, who is organizing MUSE AND THE MARKETPLACE
which is the name of the Conference. They do it annually and as a writer
you probably get more results the second time around. Their
offices overlook the Boston Common and are close to the Steinway
Shop – all good vibes around them and some good music too.

Saw Lisa Borders who wrote Cloud Cuckoo Land about a would be singer –
and Michelle Hoover who’s written about her great grandmothers who were pioneers.
Both writers are good at character and you get right into their

Realize the standard is always higher than I imagine.
More humble-pie!
Getting quite used to the taste of that.
Getting fliers printed to pass around tomorrow
if I have enough courage

Humble arrival in Boston

in pursuit of my dream, as so many people have done before me.
‘Achieve your goals with harm to no one.’

Was so tired after 18 hour trip my face went white. I became a ghost. I WAS a ghost, a spirit hovering about the earth in a plane.

Shelby Allen, a poet and a friend will be attending conference, arranged to see her Sunday.
Her book is CRACK WILLOW – and a recommend if you want to check it out.

Sun on my bones tells me I’m on terra firma.

On my way and Looking Back

About to fly to Boston for my GrubStreet Marketing Conference, nervous at meeting famous authors (of CLOUD CUCKOO LAND, eg)
But want to thank my support group – Rottingdean Writers’ Group – how much we need other writers!
They gave me the inspiration to start my book and lots of feedback on pages I THOUGHT were wonderful!!!
Thanks to all who commented, Bella, I AM A GHOST – here goes

Here in an Instant, Gone in a Flash

I’m with you, having written two act plays, Bella