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Name: Sarah
Message:I have sent in the story, let me know what you think of it :)
Dated:Sun Jan 27 15:55:59 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:OK, Sarah, that's fine - as long as there is enough for me to get an idea of character and what might happen.
Dated:Sun Jan 27 15:46:12 2013  

Name: Sarah
Message:Hello! me again! I have written 6 paragraphs, and i really cannot think of a twist in the story ! i will sendb what i have wrote into the story club. Please help me decide on what should happen next :)
Dated:Sun Jan 27 15:37:44 2013  

Name: Sarah
Message:Okay, thanks Cora! i will send it when its finished :)
Dated:Sun Jan 27 15:26:03 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Sarah: I think it is easier for me, and more useful to you if you at least get a few pages written before you send it to me.
Ideally it would be best if it were finished - or almost finished, because then my comments would probably be of more use - but if you want advice on an ending or something then about half way through the story would be fine.
Dated:Sun Jan 27 15:22:01 2013  

Name: Sarah
Message:Hello Cora! :D i am working on a story, it is different from what i usually do. Would you prefer me to send you what i have done so far or wait until i have finished? :)
Dated:Sun Jan 27 15:16:52 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Conor: It's a pleasure and a privilege to deal with such a dedicated young writer.
Dated:Mon Jan 21 09:12:35 2013  

Name: Conor
Message:Thanks for your continued support, Cora! I really appreciate the compliments and constructive criticism you give me!
Dated:Sun Jan 20 20:15:15 2013  

Name: Conor
Message:I'm sending it now. I have between 3-5 chapters left, and then I need to edit it, and then I'm done.
Dated:Sat Jan 19 16:17:38 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:I'll look forward to it, Conor.
Dated:Sat Jan 19 16:07:30 2013  

Name: Conor
Message:I'll be sending the final parts to you soon. I need to finish and edit it.
Dated:Sat Jan 19 16:03:21 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Thanks, Bethan. I'm delighted that you like them.

I'm a great re-reader of books, too. I have some special books by my bed and when I can't sleep or feel a bit depressed I turn to one of these.
Dated:Thu Jan 17 14:41:37 2013  

Name: Bethan
Message:I love your Jane Asten books. I don't know how many times I have read them!!!
Dated:Tue Jan 15 16:58:31 2013  

Name: Conor
Message:I'm sending a new part now.... done!
Dated:Thu Jan 10 20:37:25 2013  

Name: Conor
Message:No, I have it just typed on a laptop, but I know exactly what my story is going to do. I meant, that when you print on a laptop, it'll be on A4...
Dated:Sun Jan 6 20:37:00 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:It depends on the number of the words and the size of the font - for a child's book - like my London Murder Mysteries about 34,000 words will give about 200 pages, whereas for an adult book about 70,000 words will give about 230 pages - about 300 words to a page for books for adults.

So you've written the story in long hand and are just typing it out. I didn't realise that. Well done! What a lot of work. In future, if I were you, I'd write my stories straight on to a computer. It makes life much easier when it comes to changing it.
I hope you are saving it now, though I'm sad that you don't have Microsoft Word. Perhaps some one might get you a present of a laptop some time. You deserve it.
Dated:Sun Jan 6 20:09:26 2013  

Name: Conor
Message:I have about 8 pages left to type- I'm on 91.
When it's published, does that double for hald an A4 each? Or will it still only be 91. For example, would 40 become 80?
Dated:Sun Jan 6 19:55:15 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Conor: Do you have all of the story already written, then?
If so, just send the whole lot to me and then we'll think what's needed in the way of revision.
Don't worry about it being too much - I'd prefer it that way.
Otherwise I'm just wasting my time giving you advice when you've already written the story.
Dated:Sun Jan 6 18:38:23 2013  

Name: Conor
Message:Yes, I do see what you mean, but since I already have it all written, I'll have to go over it and add things in. That's what I was saying.
Dated:Sun Jan 6 13:53:13 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Conor: Don't worry about spelling nor about synonyms. That's the sort of stuff that can be easily attended to in editing.
But I disagree about leaving the building of an atmosphere until editing. That does need to be done while you are writing. Imagine that you an audience of restless ten-year-old kids in front of you. You have to engage their attention. They're not watching a play where people or acting, or, better still, a film where the scenery and environment form a background for the story. In a book all this has to be conveyed by words and only by words.
Dated:Sun Jan 6 13:33:54 2013  

Name: Conor
Message:It's only my first draft anyway, so I could probably fix that when I'm editing over it...
I have no Microsoft Word and spell check on OpenOffice is awful, so I might have spelling mistakes in it, and no synonyms.
Dated:Sun Jan 6 12:44:14 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:EdAnne: Is this the continuation of a story? If it is, i can't find the first bit. Could you resend the two (or more) together. I do remember your name so I'm sure that it's somewhere, but I am too busy this morning for huge searches. I have to get a book to an editor by Monday.
Dated:Sun Jan 6 09:35:46 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Conor: Sorry; i've been ill with a chest infection. Your story is going on this morning.

I still think that there is much too much dialogue - if you read the beginning of your story you will see a difference in tone.
Dated:Sun Jan 6 09:33:06 2013  

Name: Niamh
Message:Happy New Year Cora
Dated:Fri Jan 4 18:27:35 2013  

Name: Sinead
Message:Hi Cora I love your book debutantes
Happy New year
Dated:Fri Jan 4 17:51:36 2013  

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