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Name: Aoibheann
Message:Hi Cora,I just finshed 'famine secret at drumshee' and it was brilliant!
Dated:Thu Dec 4 20:04:45 2008  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: In Summer you told me to try O'Brien Press in Dublin so I think I will try there first. The guide I found basically just gives you a sketch plan of what to write in each paragraph, its still basically me! I feel a little foolish saying I'm fourteen, it's making me think that they'll just think I'm some kid writing in to try and get something published, that's really not the impression I'm trying to give.
Dated:Thu Dec 4 19:33:00 2008  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Sarah: Only sometimes, but not in the middle of winter, usually.

Kristine: Who are you thinking of approaching?
That's very enterprising of you to get a query letter from the Internet - though I'd be inclined to be yourself and write your own letter - your English is better than most adults!
Dated:Thu Dec 4 19:28:30 2008  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: I've been thinking about it a lot over the past few months, and I might as well give it a shot. I have a query letter half-written and am pretty clueless as to what to say, but I've found an online guide that seems to be good.
Dated:Thu Dec 4 19:11:43 2008  

Name: sarah
Message:

do u still go to schools?
Dated:Thu Dec 4 19:07:04 2008  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Kristine: Yes, I do think it's worth it, but I also know that you have to be very prepared for disappointment. The chances of it being accepted are probably almost like winning a lottery prize, but yes, I do think it has a chance and that if you don't do it you will always wonder whether you should have. Certainly, the book is long enough and the quality is better than a lot of published stuff, and your age would give it novelty value. Think about it!
Dated:Thu Dec 4 14:23:57 2008  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:
Ursula: Off the top of my head, I would start afresh, if I were you. I think it would be very interesting to give an insght into what the first year at university is like - all the ups and downs.
Dated:Thu Dec 4 14:19:25 2008  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Sorry, everyone. I've been away on a little holiday in London. I will deal with the Story Club entries, tomorrow.

Dated:Thu Dec 4 14:16:14 2008  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: I don't know why, but I've been thinking about the stuff you said over the summer about "The Apprentice's Right" and was wondering whether you still thought I could do something with it, publishing-wise. For lack of a better term, I chickened out the last time, and I regret it now. Do you still think I could do something with it?
Dated:Wed Dec 3 21:25:05 2008  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: I sent in Ch.9 yesterday I think and I'm just about to send Ch.10.
Dated:Mon Dec 1 22:08:18 2008  

Name: Sarah Patton
Message:Hello it is me again.I was just wondering where is the location of drumshee.It is not for anything special just for my knowing
Dated:Mon Dec 1 20:35:33 2008  

Name: aoibheann
Message:the 3rd chapter is done, i did it in word so i hope you like it!
Dated:Mon Dec 1 18:09:22 2008  

Name: Ursula
Message:Hi Cora
Ursula Butler here, I wrote a few stories years ago on this very site, I really loved it , writing and hearing your feedback. I started college in UL last year but didnt like my course so started all over again this year in LIT, social care. But now I am settled down , I want to write again so first port of call is to talk to you, I need your advice, I read over 2 years of Mayhem and can see a lot I could improve on there but do you think I should start fresh first?
Hopefully you won't mind replying
From Ursula
Dated:Sun Nov 30 22:51:09 2008  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: Just sent in Chapter Nine, it was a difficult chapter to write because I had totally lost sight of where the plot was going, but I finally decided to go a little deeper into Nate's character etc...sorry I haven't updated in so long
Dated:Sun Nov 30 00:52:50 2008  

Name: aoibheann
Message:what do you think of the second chapter?
Dated:Tue Nov 25 20:09:05 2008  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:I think it worked out really well. I'm sure you are poud of yourself.
Dated:Sun Nov 23 10:27:34 2008  

Name: aoibheann
Message:i did the first chapter. i think it came out well. well tell me what you think!
Dated:Sat Nov 22 21:26:01 2008  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Sorry for confusing you - I just assumed that was the way that everyone did their stories - you just write it in 'Word', check it over, then go to the 'edit' menu (in Word), 'select all', then press 'copy' still in the 'edit' menu and then click on the blank space in the Story Club and press 'paste' in the Story Club Edit menu.

Otherwise, just type straight into the Story Club space as, I presume, you do normally.
Anyway, just divide it into chapters and then send me the result.
Dated:Sat Nov 22 20:22:40 2008  

Name: aoibheann
Message:i'm a bit confused. you mean write it on the word document and and then send it to you?but how? unless you mean by the story club?
Dated:Sat Nov 22 10:28:02 2008  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Well, Aoibheann, you certainly have loads of ideas in that story synopsis that you sent!

Now, let's take the next step. Open up a Word document on your computer, then click on the numbering bullets (or else you can write the numbers yourself) and divide the stories into chapters. Send me this in the same way - I have to go out now but I'll reply as soon as I can.
Dated:Sat Nov 22 09:30:17 2008  

Name: aoibheann
Message:okay i will
Dated:Fri Nov 21 17:53:20 2008  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:aoibheann: Why don't you plan out the next story and send the plan to me by the Story Club and then I'll give you a few ideas and then you can go ahead.

Sophie & Meabh: I think I did sign some spares at Ennis Bookshop if you want to have a look.
As for questions, well, why don't you ask me them now.
Dated:Fri Nov 21 17:31:20 2008  

Name: sophie and meabh
Message:Hi cora
You came to our school kilmurry N.S
we didnt get to ask you a question
We missed your book signing in Ennis
are you signig books in Co.Clare
thanks cora
Dated:Fri Nov 21 16:43:29 2008  

Name: aoibheann.
Message:sorry cora, its just i feel i have lost the tread of pansy since i have been gone so long. do you think i should start a new story or just carry on?
Dated:Thu Nov 20 19:23:13 2008  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Aoibheann: Don't worry about it - I know you have lots of spare time activities - (but don't bother sending just a few lines - it's quite fiddly for me to update the story and it just isn't worth it unless something new is added.)

Kristine: Junior Cert must come first. Hope you get top in all of Ireland for English!

Sarah: Sometimes it's easy - when things are going well and ideas are flooding into your mind, but sometimes it's hard and only sheer, dogged persistance will keep an author going.
Dated:Thu Nov 20 17:53:52 2008  

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