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Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Do not go gentle into that good night

I was going to write a post about meeting a literary agent last week, it was very interesting, but I can't be bothered to do it now. She did give some good advice that I will certainly take if I actually get my book written and decide to try and get it published. So many ifs...

Anyway if there's anything particular that you want to know ask and I'll answer if I can. Right now I need to keep practicing villanelles.



12 comments:

Carole said...

Well this doesn't have anything to do with a literary agent, but have you done anything fun or crazy in the last few days? It sounds as if you could use a good romp in a mud puddle without shoes on. Or perhaps a gigantic bite of chocolate.

Eryl Shields said...

Carole ~ the craziest thing I've done this week is boil wash some linen.

I don't think I've ever romped in a mud puddle without shoes on! How can you tell from such a few words that that is what I need?

Kim Ayres said...

I was going to suggest a double espresso, but I think Carole's is better

debra said...

How about the double espresso AND a bite (or three) of good dark chocolate?

Eryl Shields said...

Kim ~ I think you're right

Debra ~ I'd be up all night!

debra said...

me, too. I'd go for a cafe au lait with fat free milk and the foam!------and a bit of very good dark chocolate

Carole said...

I hope you have made the time to relax a bit and let go.

Kanani said...

Ooooo....
I did a lesson in the form of a villanelle.
It's such a complicated form of poetry! It's music. Wonderful stuff. Of course, Dylan wrote the best one!

PI said...

Poetry Smhoetry. I love it - I read it -it soothes me and heals me but I can't write the bloody stuff!
Thank you so much honey for sharing the tips from the agent.xoxo

Eryl Shields said...

Debra ~ if I was really treating myself I'd have a large full fat milk latte and a slice of plain vanilla cheesecake. And then I'd hate myself for a week!

Carole ~ Not yet but am going to Glasgow on Saturday for a mooch around the shops: a change is as good as a rest they say!

Kanani ~ I totally agree. I also really like Elizabeth Bishop's one which I think is called The Art of Losing isn't Hard to Master, or something.

Pat ~ Most welcome.

Mary Witzl said...

I can't wait to hear about the literary agent, Eryl! I've abandoned my memoir for the time being and am concentrating on my YA novel and trying to find an agent for it. Once I've done that (oh, I say that so blithely!), I will go back to my memoir and novel. Hope springs eternal.

Off to find a double espresso and a piece of plain cheese cake. (I'll settle for a Co-op special and a cup of instant with skimmed milk.)

Eryl Shields said...

I must tell you Mary that one of the things the agent said was that fiction from new writers was almost impossible to sell to publishers right now but they are happy to at least look at literary non-fiction. Memoirs with a quirky aspect are particularly saleable. She does have a new recruit,though, who deals with childrens fiction. So it might be worth looking her agency up on the web, it is Jenny Brown associates. Good luck.