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Name: Katy
Message:Hi Cora. I've just finished reading Debutauntes (instead of revising for my exams, oops...) I thought it was amazing, and was wonderig how you find out all the information about the clothes, setting, etiquette, etc from the 1920s, and does it matter if I don't have all the historical details correct? Thanks
Dated:Thu Mar 14 15:55:28 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Conor: I live in Ireland, but my agent is in England. We mostly communicate by email, occasionally by telephone and meet for lunch in London about once or twice a year.
There is at least one agent in Dublin - put "literary agent" "Ireland" into Google and see what you get.
Dated:Thu Mar 14 07:06:40 2013  

Name: Conor
Message:Hi, Cora.
I have done as you suggested and got a copy of the writers and artists year book, but any publishers or agents that accept fantasy are all in England, so I may have to skip getting an agent...
Thoughts?
Dated:Wed Mar 13 20:37:08 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:How lovely to hear from you and to receive such a long, well-typed and well-spelled message.

Do you know that you are the first people to have noticed about the mistake in the dogs' names!

Now this is what happened.

When I wrote the story first I called the dogs Pirate and Panda, but the illustrator said she couldn't make the eyes right when she was trying to make the dog look like a Panda with dark circles, so the name was changed to Perky.

I've never had dogs with those names, but everything that was done in that book was done by one or other of a pair of puppies, named Muna and Arno, that I owned a long time ago. Or, at least, all except one thing. When you have finished the book you might tell me what that on
Dated:Tue Mar 12 13:39:25 2013  

Name: 1st class, Killeeneen N.S.
Message:We are 1st class from Killeeneen N.S. in Galway. We are reading your book, 'Two Mad Dogs', in class. We all have a book each. We got them from Patsy in 'Tara Book Club'. We love your book, it is really exciting and it has nice words in it.
We have a question: The title of chapter 1 is 'Pirate and Panda', but the dogs' names are Pirate and Perky. We would like to know who Panda is! Did you name Pirate and Perky after your own dogs?
We would also like to know why there is a picture of a ball in the corner of the front cover.
We typed this message on our SMARTBoard so we could all see it together. Please write back to us, we would love to hear from you.
Thank you. Love from 1st class in Killeeneen N.S.
Dated:Tue Mar 12 13:27:48 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Bethan: I used to think that Rosemary Sutcliff wrote very good historical novels.
There are also the historical novels of Georgette Heyer which are set in the Jane Austen era. Although they were written for adults there is nothing in them that would make them unsuitable for teenagers like yourself.

Conor: That sounds a good idea. I think that there is a little else that I can usefully suggest - and I am very, very busy at the moment so cannot possibly go through your story again. I wish you the best of luck.
Dated:Sun Feb 17 19:34:13 2013  

Name: Conor
Message:Hi Cora. I've read all of your suggestions and I have an idea about where I could put in Rueben. I'm thinking of making him one of Darrylstien's old apprentices, and Darryl feeling incredibly guilty about someone dying in his care, and that's why he's an inventor, trying to make something to keep people safe, always searching for the perfect invention. Also, could you tell me what parts of the book bother you most so that I can tweak them a bit?
Dated:Sun Feb 17 11:39:03 2013  

Name: Bethan
Message:I have really got in to historical stories (like yours). Can you recommend any?

Thanks
Dated:Sun Feb 17 09:28:07 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:You don't pay an agent, Conor. He (or she) pays you. I'm always getting cheques from my agent!

An agent takes 15% usually of the money the publisher offers and then sends you the rest.

To get an agent, it's best to get The Writers & Artists' Year Book (from the library probably) and find one - or else try the agent of a book that is like yours. Put his/her name into Google with the words 'literary agent' attached and you should find it.
Or else you could try O'Brien Press in Ireland who take submissions straight from the author.
But don't get too hopeful.
My own agent gets about 200 submissions a week and he only takes on about 3 new clients A YEAR!
Dated:Fri Feb 15 13:50:10 2013  

Name: Conor
Message:I would love to get an agent, but I'm not sure that I have the money to pay for one...
Dated:Fri Feb 15 12:23:37 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Conor (continued):
Oh, and I do think your first opening was best. Not point in mentioning this Reuben - he never comes into the story again - just leave that out and start as you did originally.
Dated:Thu Feb 14 15:39:13 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Best of luck with a publisher or agent – most people go to an agent first – in fact very few publishers look at a book that doesn’t come from an established agent.
Dated:Thu Feb 14 15:37:04 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Conor (continued)
The weakness in your book is that the scenes where Conor is in danger are not suspenseful - they are over too quickly - they don't keep the reader on the edge of his seat, frantically turning over pages. The fact that you know he will escape should not be betrayed to the reader - they should be much longer and the outcome should be in doubt.
Dated:Thu Feb 14 15:36:03 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Dear Conor,
I’ve now read your book and I think it’s great – absolutely fantastic.
However, a publisher or agent isn’t going to think: ‘My God; this kid is a genius!’. They are going to ask themselves: Can I make money out of this kid? Is his book going to sell better than the couple of hundred other submissions that I got this week?’

Dated:Thu Feb 14 15:28:03 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:It's all true, Sophie - everything that the 'Two Mad Dogs' do was done by two puppies of mine - everything, that is, except for one thing.

When you've finished the book you might guess what the one thing is. Write and tell me what you think.
Dated:Thu Feb 14 15:15:33 2013  

Name: Sophie
Message:I am loving your book
Two Mad Dogs so far
Bye
Dated:Wed Feb 13 21:18:51 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:It's been written, Bethan, and it's now being edited - my editor has had it since the beginning of January so I should be getting it back soon with her suggestions for any changes.
This one is all about Poppy and Daisy and how they both find love - with, of course, a lot of obstacles in their way. I hope you enjoy it. It should be out in the summer.
Dated:Wed Feb 13 16:29:28 2013  

Name: Bethan
Message:Hi again,
Wow! I have just read "Debutantes". It was so good. Please could you write another one. I would love to read about Violet's wedding and the other girl's seasons. I loved it!

Thank you
Dated:Wed Feb 13 16:17:48 2013  

Name: Conor
Message:Alright, I understand... I'm just eager to send it off, but I'm awaiting your verdict.
Dated:Wed Feb 13 14:21:13 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:I understand your feelings, Conor, but it is a long book and I do want to read it carefully. If I send a book to my editor it is very seldom read in under a month - usually much longer. I just am very busy at the moment so can make no promises.
Dated:Tue Feb 12 17:19:55 2013  

Name: Conor
Message:Hi Cora, sorry to bother you, but have you gotten the chance to look at my story yet?
Dated:Tue Feb 12 17:16:14 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Nice to hear from you, Aoife.
I've put your story onto the Story Board. It's sad and moving, but well imagined.
Dated:Tue Feb 12 10:29:07 2013  

Name: Aoife
Message:Hey Cora! (this is aoife who wrote keyes/kidnapped) Haven't been on the site in ages! I've started secondary school so haven't had the time!
Dated:Tue Feb 12 09:42:49 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:thanks, Conor - have got it all now - will read as soon as possible.
Dated:Mon Feb 11 08:33:21 2013  

Name: Conor
Message:Part 2 should have continued right after the VERY FIRST part I sent you, where it cut off mid sentence.
Dated:Sun Feb 10 21:12:10 2013  

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