The Importance of Making a Point

I forgot . . . I’m meant to be doing a blog today. I haven’t even thought about it, which means my brain is coming up with something like:

FuzzIn my absence last week, many things happened here at JFB towers, including the extremely exciting acquisition of one The City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett. We’ve been rooting for this one for a while and by gum is it excellent. In fact, my brain has now gone meandering in the direction of its cover image …

I’ve also missed the many, many emails that have been filtering through to my inbox – including the delivery for typesetting of The Child Eater, by Rachel Pollack, Into the Fire, by Peter Liney (sequel to The Detainee) and Murder by Sarah Pinborough (sequel to Mayhem) and the corrected proofs of Oath of the Vayuputras by Amish (sequel to The Immortals of Meluha and Secret of the Nagas). The result is that I have been running around like a headless chicken attempting to catch up with stuff that is already late anyway. Oh the joys of being an Assistant Editor.

Meanwhile, I am also trying to sort out my house in my ‘spare’ time. Do you know the hardest component to find? The humble soap dispenser. The problem is, I know exactly what I want – which inevitably makes it unobtainable. Luckily this hasn’t happened with The City of Stairs, or this blog would be a lot more melancholy.

Anyway, this whole thing has just reminded me of the importance of making a point. So far, this blog has been a bit of a ramble – what it lacks is a plot, a central hook around which I can build an argument and present something of interest to you, the reader. Too often I come across well-written pieces that do not go anywhere, or synopses that ramble on, much like I am doing. For any aspiring writers out there, do bear this in mind: your plot doesn’t have to be overly complicated or brilliantly twisty, but it does have to be present and you must have a clear idea of it when you are writing your submission letters – it will become the reader’s thread through the labyrinth. When writing a submission letter, identify your hook and boil everything down to this. Because, take it from me, there is nothing worse than a 48 page synopsis popping into your inbox …

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