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Title: Re-introduction and apology for my lengthy absence
Post by: Amanda George on January 29, 2016, 12:45:44 PM
I've just (last week) got a new laptop so wanted to come back to MWC now that I've got a well-behaved machine!

I'm still looking for an agent but I've vanity published a NaNo novel now and am so regretting spending literally thousands of pounds that I really couldn't afford for them to not do the things I paid for and having the cheek to ask for payment again!   :o

I'm still living in Gloucester, I'm still married and we're still owned by our rescue pup!  I wrote a novel with her in mind that is still very much in first draft and only one other person has got a copy of the first draft so far!

I want to plan out my 2016 NaNo novel but haven't got a clue about the theme or anything else yet!   ::)  I've also been told that what I was thinking was YA is actually MG too which was a huge surprise!

OK, shutting up now!  lol

Amanda
Title: Re: Re-introduction and apology for my lengthy absence
Post by: thatollie on January 29, 2016, 12:46:57 PM
Welcome back.
Title: Re: Re-introduction and apology for my lengthy absence
Post by: Amanda George on January 29, 2016, 12:51:32 PM
Thank you, Sprocket!
Title: Re: Re-introduction and apology for my lengthy absence
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on January 29, 2016, 01:31:08 PM
Welcome back Amanda.

Sorry your first time out was a bad experience.

Remember the saying that is oft repeated around here, the money should always flow toward the writer, not away from the writer.

And I'll add, no matter how long it takes to do the research, check out any agent or publisher well, dig as deep as needed to learn if they are trustworthy or not before you sign anything.

 
Title: Re: Re-introduction and apology for my lengthy absence
Post by: Artemis Quark on January 29, 2016, 01:32:00 PM
Welcome back, Amanda.

AQ
Title: Re: Re-introduction and apology for my lengthy absence
Post by: Simple Things on January 29, 2016, 01:49:18 PM
Welcome back, Amanda. Well done on finishing a novel and preparing for another.
Title: Re: Re-introduction and apology for my lengthy absence
Post by: Amanda George on January 29, 2016, 01:57:47 PM
Thank you Alice... the idiot who took all my money is now no longer at the publishers but I wish they'd stop trying to get more money out of me when I've already wasted several thousand for nothing!  I was told that my novel would be earning thousands a year... it's earnt me pennies over 12 in the last 2.5 years.  Never again... I've learnt my lesson the hard way now!  Just need to keep on keeping on   ;)  2016 will be my year of not spending any more money until I've got a trustworthy agent and publisher now!   :)  The only money I'm willing to pay for from now on is my membership to SCBWI once a year and anything it costs for the research for my MS's   ;D


Thank you AQ!

ST, thank you and I just need to finish off my Toni trilogy this year, plan out my next NaNo novel and edit all my manuscripts this year... nothing like setting your sights high eh?  lol
Title: Re: Re-introduction and apology for my lengthy absence
Post by: midnight candle on January 29, 2016, 02:34:54 PM
Welcome back to MWC Amanda. Sorry your publishing was a bad deal. Good to hear you're still in Gloucester - me too. Glad you came back.  8)
Title: Re: Re-introduction and apology for my lengthy absence
Post by: Amanda George on January 29, 2016, 02:40:50 PM
Welcome back to MWC Amanda. Sorry your publishing was a bad deal. Good to hear you're still in Gloucester - me too. Glad you came back.  8)

Thank you MC... where about's in Gloucester are you?  Not your address or whatever, just somewhere I might recognise?  I'm behind the hospital   ;D
Title: Re: Re-introduction and apology for my lengthy absence
Post by: Mastafrank on January 29, 2016, 05:18:28 PM
Onwards and upwards :-*

Title: Re: Re-introduction and apology for my lengthy absence
Post by: Laura H on January 29, 2016, 06:15:38 PM
I remember you, Amanda! I may have been known as Comeonpowerball when you were last here.

Good to see you again.  :)
Title: Re: Re-introduction and apology for my lengthy absence
Post by: Amanda George on January 30, 2016, 04:09:12 AM
Thank you Mastafrank and Laura!
Title: Re: Re-introduction and apology for my lengthy absence
Post by: fire-fly on January 30, 2016, 04:33:04 AM
Hi Amanda  ;D
Title: Re: Re-introduction and apology for my lengthy absence
Post by: Amanda George on January 30, 2016, 04:41:24 AM
Hello Fire-fly!
Title: Re: Re-introduction and apology for my lengthy absence
Post by: heidi52 on January 30, 2016, 06:51:28 AM
Welcome back and thank you for the cautionary tale of bad publishers. Sorry that happened to you, but glad to see you still have writing plans. Ambitious but do-able I'm sure.

Title: Re: Re-introduction and apology for my lengthy absence
Post by: midnight candle on January 30, 2016, 08:01:05 AM
Thank you MC... where about's in Gloucester are you?  Not your address or whatever, just somewhere I might recognise?  I'm behind the hospital   ;D

Tuffley :)
Title: Re: Re-introduction and apology for my lengthy absence
Post by: Amanda George on January 31, 2016, 03:31:23 AM
Welcome back and thank you for the cautionary tale of bad publishers. Sorry that happened to you, but glad to see you still have writing plans. Ambitious but do-able I'm sure.

You are so right, Heidi!
Title: Re: Re-introduction and apology for my lengthy absence
Post by: Amanda George on January 31, 2016, 03:33:59 AM
Tuffley :)

Groovy!  I've heard of it but haven't got a clue where it is!  lol
Title: Re: Re-introduction and apology for my lengthy absence
Post by: fire-fly on January 31, 2016, 05:33:53 AM
Be the rough area knowin MC mate  :D
Title: Re: Re-introduction and apology for my lengthy absence
Post by: midnight candle on January 31, 2016, 05:51:28 AM
Be the rough area knowin MC mate  :D

It is mate :D
Title: Re: Re-introduction and apology for my lengthy absence
Post by: fire-fly on January 31, 2016, 07:31:38 AM
 ;D ;D
Title: Re: Re-introduction and apology for my lengthy absence
Post by: Matt Walker on January 31, 2016, 01:22:09 PM
Welcome back, Amanda! So sorry you've had a bad experience with a vanity press - it is always worth reiterating that money should flow towards the author, not the other way round!
Title: Re: Re-introduction and apology for my lengthy absence
Post by: Amanda George on January 31, 2016, 01:37:11 PM
Welcome back, Amanda! So sorry you've had a bad experience with a vanity press - it is always worth reiterating that money should flow towards the author, not the other way round!

But the money has flowed to me, all 12 quid of it over 2 years!   ;)  lol