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The Story Behind the Story - In the Shadow of an Elephant by Georgie Donaghey

In the Shadow of an Elephant is my grief story.  At the 2016 SCBWI conference I was approached by a publisher wishing to express her condolences on the recent passing of my mother. We chatted for a bit and she asked me if I had written anything since my mother passed. After watching my mother deteriorate over nine years to Lewy Bodies Dem...
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​Author Etiquette – Some helpful advice - Part 3 by Georgie Donaghey

Here is part 3 of my Author Etiquette article. Competitions Always read the guidelines. Never tell the organisers of that competition they are wrong unless you legitimately find an error within their guidelines. Never request to make a change to your submission after the competition date has closed. If it is a paid competition, always ensure y...
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Author Etiquette – Some helpful advice - Part 2 by Georgie Donaghey.

Here is part 2 of my Author Etiquette article. Reviewing Reviewing books is a great way to enhance your skills as an author and build your name within the community. It also helps bring your name to the attention of publishers. Some key points to remember when putting up your hand to review: Don't commit to review unless you have the time to do so....
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Author Etiquette – Some helpful advice - Part 1 by Georgie Donaghey.

Dear Ms Lawyer, I have a pending legal matter that needs urgent attention.I know you are no doubt busy with other cases but I believe reading through my 20,000 word complaint, providing detailed feedback as to what action I need to take should take you no more than a day or two. As you have undoubtedly dealt with dozens of these cases providing the...
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R E J E C T I O N – Not a four letter word but just as bad by Georgie Donaghey

I was recently asked by a writer friend how do I handle rejection? After so many of them I guess you could call me a rejection pro. I realised long ago being accepted by a publisher straight away wasn't going to happen. I had to earn my stripes. What I did know was I would be published. You've heard the phrase 'believe it and it will happen' well, ...
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