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Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: I'm not quite sure if I'm confident enough to send it to a publisher, but I think that I'll regret missing a chance if I don't. I haven't called them yet but perhaps I'll send the first chapter with a cover letter or something. Just to know that at least I tried.
Dated:Sat Jul 12 18:02:02 2008  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Niamh: I'm sorry that you have been having trouble with the message board - it's quite strange that it is just the message board that doesn't work for you. Have you tried clicking on 'refresh' on the toolbar?
I loved the new story - keep it up!
Dated:Sat Jul 12 07:57:56 2008  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Kristine: If you don't feel ready to approach a publisher, I would just leave it for the moment and go on enjoying your writing. It's a chance in ten thousand, anyway, that it would be accepted - not because of its quality - which is excellent, but because of the sheer numbers of people writing books.
I suppose that I suggested it because it's such an excellent story and I am quite excited about it.
However, the problem with it would be that thousands of people are writing in this genre now. Publishers are probably more likely to accept a modern 'teen' story from someone of your age. Claire Hennessy was only about fourteen when her first book, about school life, was published.
Dated:Sat Jul 12 07:57:17 2008  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: Thanks to an annoyingly badly timed thunderstorm, my phone and internet lines have been down since we last spoke, so I haven't had a chance to ring in yet. I'll be able to do it first thing on Monday morning, and I'll send you a message then telling you how it went.
Dated:Fri Jul 4 15:16:59 2008  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Hello Amber,
Thanks for writing. I would love to come and see you all and your lovely new school.
I'm afraid I know nothing about Salvador Dali. Did you try putting it into Google?
Byt the way, you'll notice that I deleted your email address. That's because it's not very safe, sometimes, for kids to put their email address on the Internet.
I hope we meet in the autumn.
Dated:Sun Jun 29 21:06:26 2008  

Name: amber
Message:hi cora
i am writing a school report about salvador dali (end of 5th class report)I am not too sure of many of his paintings.If you had hurd of many could you send them to me .Thank you


ps.could you come to my school next september for we last saw you three years ago.Our school is
clarecastle national school. It will be my last year next year so my class would realy like that

yours truly
amber
Dated:Sun Jun 29 21:03:08 2008  

Name: aoibheann
Message:how did it go kristine?
Dated:Thu Jun 26 18:05:05 2008  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: Thanks for all your kind suggestions. I'll call on Monday, and be sure to let you know what they say.
Dated:Fri Jun 20 20:12:45 2008  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Yes, definitely Monday - leave it until about 11.00 so that they get a chance to open their post etc.
I do suggest that you write down - perhaps in bullet points - everything that you want to get across. This is your first opportunity to make an impression.
Do mention the number of words - they may be used to kids trying to get their stories published, but this is impressive - not many of your age would have that dedication. I think you have talent, but that doesn't say that you will be accepted. It all depends on what the market wants at the moment. I hate to say it but you would probably have a better chance with a junior 'chick lit.'
Still, it's worth a try and you lose nothing by trying.
Dated:Fri Jun 20 20:03:27 2008  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: Thanks for your suggestion, I'll try that...it's six o' clock on a Friday now, though, so I will probably have better luck if I try calling on Monday...should I phone, or write a letter, do you think?
Dated:Fri Jun 20 18:13:21 2008  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Kristine: What you could do, for a start, is phone O'Brien Press in Dublin. Be very professional about it. Write down what you are going to say to the grl that answers the phone. Tell them about the story, what it is about, and how long it is. Tell them a little about yourself, how old you are etc.
If you are lucky, they will offer to read three to four chapters.
Dated:Fri Jun 20 18:01:36 2008  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: Do you think I should try it, then?
Dated:Thu Jun 19 19:14:47 2008  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Well, that's plenty long enough for a 'young teens' book. It would probably come to about 150 pages in the finished book.
Of course, you would have to be prepared for failure - most agents get about 200 manuscripts a week and probably only accept a three or four a year!
However, being only fourteen would be very much in your favour.
Dated:Thu Jun 19 19:08:34 2008  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: It's 37,467 words long. When the document is double-spaced, it's 105 A4 pages.
Dated:Thu Jun 19 18:09:54 2008  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Kristine: I think it's excellent. How many words is it?

Aoibheann: That's great news. I'm sure everyone is delighted.
Dated:Thu Jun 19 17:57:08 2008  

Name: aoibheann
Message:cora: great news, we won the school final boys and girls and i got my first phone today
Dated:Thu Jun 19 17:41:15 2008  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: I don't really know what I want to do with it. Should I do anything? I don't think any publisher in his right mind would want it!
Dated:Thu Jun 19 17:36:36 2008  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Kristine: I hope you had a great holiday in London - there is so much to see. The last time that I was there I went to visit the rebuilt Shakepeare's Globe and it was so interesting. I felt as if I were back in the 16th century.
What are you thinking about doing about your story? I wondered whether it might be possible to try a publisher.
Dated:Thu Jun 19 16:55:08 2008  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: To be honest, I don't really understand what you mean by 'upbeat'. After such bad stuff happening in the last few chapters, I'm not really sure how to just perk up the ending.

Oh! By the way, on Wednesday I saw the Tower of London. It was one of the coolest places I've ever been...really dark and creepy...
Dated:Thu Jun 19 12:32:53 2008  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Kristine: Sorry about that. I got confused and thought that I had already put on your last chapter. Could you check through and make sure that everything is all right now. I, also, have been having trouble with the Internt connection and as I am very busy at the same time I've been rushing at things.
Aoibheann: I look forward to Wednesday
Dated:Tue Jun 17 19:16:09 2008  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: I was just wondering if you got the last chapter, because my internet connection was a little faulty that day...I think the last one is Chapter Twenty-Two...
Dated:Mon Jun 16 19:24:21 2008  

Name: aoibheann
Message:thanks for your praise about TUESDAY in the bullys favourite!
Dated:Mon Jun 16 19:09:29 2008  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Jamie: Thanks for your message - Secret Spy is one of my favourite books so I am very pleased that you liked it. I hope you thought that Ronan was a believable character.

Kristine - Yes, I think that this will work out well. I'm just going to give myself a few hours to think about it and then we'll have to think of where we go next with your masterpiece.
Dated:Mon Jun 16 18:17:04 2008  

Name: jamie
Message:Im from Ballinderreen school and I thought that the secret spy from drumshee was a great read
Dated:Mon Jun 16 15:23:30 2008  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: I've changed the last paragraphs in the last two chapters, and I'm about to send them in...I didn't really know what kind of changes to make, but I'll send them anyway and see what you think.
Dated:Sun Jun 15 18:30:27 2008  

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