Saturday, 10 January 2009

Bigger & Better?

Welcome and thanks for stopping by. Now you're here why not check out my stuff? And if you feel the urge, maybe even make a comment, too!

After a few months of blogging I've realised three things:

1) I try only to blog if I've got something pertinent to say or share.
2) I do enjoy that maybe someone, somewhere could possibly get an ounce or two of enjoyment from my scribblings. (Oh, to be a published author!).
3) I realised the font was way too tiny on my blog and, furthermore, I also sussed out (took me an hour, or two!) that it could be enlarged.

So to all the zillions of you who have been screwing up your eyes and reaching for your Gran's bifocals, I've revamped the blog and hopefully you'll agree it's much easier on the eye! If I've gone too big in my excitement (steady) then let me know.
Now please read on and hopefully enjoy... comfort!


Ps. For the polite ones who've been here before I give a hearty apology and thank you for your discretion.

Pps. To go straight to the fiction there are links on the right, or simply scroll down.

Monday, 5 January 2009

Novel titles...

Well, the clock is ticking and I've been busy 'polishing' the first 3,000 words of my novel (they're really shiny now!), plus the dreaded synopsis, for entry into this year's CWA Debut Dagger - for unpublished crime 'novelists.'

However, after dotting the 'I's and crossing the 'T's I thought it pertinent to get feedback on the 'running' title I've had from the outset. The book's premise is fairly simple in that a vigiliante is avenging the 'Hoodies' (thugs) who have impacted dramatically on his life, hence the title: 'The Hoodie Hunter.' This title clearly sums up the book...
...When I started to recieve my first snippets of feedback a common theme developed. People didn't care for my title. On The Mystery/Thriller Writers' forum on Facebook an American writer remarked: 'Why would anyone want to hunt sweat-shirts!!!' I did find this funny, but it got me thinking. Firstly the term 'Hoodie' is British. I know publishers invariably change the title, and parts of the book, once they cast there critical eyes over a manuscript, but it is important you're as content as can be with all aspects of your work beforehand so as to maximise your chances of success. A published friend of mine informs me that agents invariably don't bother reading manuscripts if the title doesn't grab their attention.

I've learned that titles are extremely personal and can obviously affect the nuts and bolts of the writing, especially when the original idea stems from the title as mine did.
So having had a complete rethink I came up with a few alernatives to The Hoodie Hunter, whereby I wanted to convey the mood of the book with a catchy title.
Please check out my list and feel free to comment:
Vengeful Hunting.
The Hunting.
A Man Scorned.
Vengeful Pursuit.

My favourite is the last one and unless something dramatically changes this week then that is what my Novel will be entitled...that is until the publishers cast their expert gaze on it (dream on, Col!!!).

A Happy New Year to you all (all three of you!).