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Getting your first novel published
So, you wrote your masterpiece, and now you need a contract. Wire asked Jonny Geller, CEO of one of the UK's best independents, Curtis Brown, for his best publication advice. He doesn't like e-mail, even though he says other feds don't care. We' re working on e-mails all the way and it just felt like someone was breaking up your workday.
However, if you get a prepaid, address bound cover, a focussed cover, three sections and a summary, it shows that the individual who sent it knows the business." This is Oedipus Rex encounters Winnie The Pooh," says Geller, "but you should know what your novel is about. and you don't know what it's about, it didn't work."
"It'?s what they want to feel," says Geller. Just as with typing, it'?s a matter of getting the best out of your work. You find the operatives who handle romances like yours. "Geller says, "If an office has 11 employees, all of whom specialize in different areas, contact the right one. "and the writer can only consider it a rejection."
Utilize every available asset to judge if your novel is good. "There are few really good writers," says Geller. "and if it doesn't work, it's over."
First American novel, published 226 years ago
Sympathy power becomes 226. First issue of the cover of The Power of Sympathy. The Triumph of Nature was published today 226 years ago, 1789, by William Hill Brown's The Power of Sympathy: or, The Triumph of Nature. It is generally regarded as the first US novel, although it will not be found on many (any?) shortlists for the Great US novel.
Desolate Thomas resolves to "end this life" and - after about a decade of writing to Worthy, in which he says that he will do it every single working days, the grief is unbearable, the world is just a labyrinth of sorrow, etc. - he kills himself. In the narrower meaning of the word, The Power of Sympathy is a kind of humanist endeavour to arouse the reader and to give him a model on which he can build his own emotive world.
In the second half of the 18th centuries it was essential to let oneself be hit in an emotive foam. The power of sympathy is therefore full of personality, according to this peculiarity. Surely he carries his core on his arm - his foreword is: "Intention to present the threadbare causes and to uncover the deadly effects of SEDUCTION; to stimulate the female intellect with a principle of complacency and to foster the economy of human life.
" It is important to sympathise, the novel says to us - but be reasonable. The novel was published in anonymous form - a strange decision, for his only alleged ambitions were the didactics of morality. In addition to the sexual appeals, Sympathy was "based on real events," as one movie might say: around the same period, two of Brown's neighbours were involved in an almost similar outrage.
Nevertheless, sympathy is fascinating because it is so pure the result of a historic moment: in 1789 alphabetization increased and the publisher industry, especially the newspapers, developed. It was a new land, starving for tales about itself; what we consider the US nature had not yet been shaped.
Besides the many levels of sympathy, there are some unique US features - Slavic depictions of the green of Rhode Island ("Rhodeisland") and a surprise open debate about the Southern Slavculture. What the opposite are the aspirations and reward of her who takes part in every streamlined pleasure of living without blending the moments of indiscreetness that cause memory aches!