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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  

Name: Taiane
Message:Hi, Cora!
I'm reading your book again! :)
Dated:Fri Jan 4 17:30:34 2013  

Name: Conor
Message:Happy New Year, Cora!
How come you never rang back?
And I hope you saw my new part of my story! :)
Dated:Thu Jan 3 20:46:04 2013  

Name: Sarah
Message:Hi Cora!
It has been a while since i have gone on this website! With starting secondary school and exams the past year i havnt found time to message you! I was in the book shop recently and i saw your new book??? It made me think about going here and speaking to you!! So, i hope you are well and next time i am in the shop i will definatly be buying a copy of your new book :D
Dated:Tue Dec 25 17:49:25 2012  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:HAPPY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!

This website will close today and I will re-open on January 2. No more messages and stories, please, until then.
Dated:Sun Dec 23 14:40:13 2012  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Conor: I've just put your latest bit of the story on - it's very good, but I still would like more of a background description of the places that they are in - I have very little visual impression - and for the reader to be able to immerse themselves in the world of the book is very important.
Dated:Sun Dec 23 10:19:48 2012  

Name: Conor
Message:Yes, Cora, I understand...............
It's only, I have a whole idea for a storyline connecting to the Greek gods, so I decided to add it in...
Dated:Fri Dec 21 19:02:14 2012  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Very true, Conor, but I was looking at it from a publisher's point of view - they tend to go for a new and original idea.
Dated:Fri Dec 21 16:33:41 2012  

Name: Conor
Message:Well, it's not like demigods are an original idea................... they were often mentioned in Greek mythology, so anyone can use them.
Dated:Fri Dec 21 15:50:46 2012  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Conor: I'd be a bit worried about whether it feels as if it is too influenced by Rick Riordan (my grandson reads him so that is how I know about him)

If you want to reach a publisher an agent has to feel that what you produce is unique and something quite novel.

Still that is something that we can talk about.
Dated:Thu Dec 20 17:50:03 2012  

Name: Conor
Message:Hi Cora. I was wondering, what do you think of the Greek Gods storyline?
Dated:Thu Dec 20 16:57:20 2012  

Name: Taiane
Message:The e-book was in English.
Yes, Amazon deliver to Brazil, but we need to have an international card to buy. But I don't know my mom or my sister have this card.
I don't have a Kindle, but I think I'll buy next year. Oh, now I remembered! Now, there is Amazon in Brazil!!!! But only e-books, but I think the next year they will sell books. :)
Dated:Wed Dec 19 22:18:48 2012  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Megan: I love long stories. One boy's story is already 15,000 words so go ahead. What I'm not so keen on are these three or four lines - it doesn't seem as if much an effort is being made, then.
Dated:Wed Dec 19 19:04:01 2012  

Name: Megan
Message:Hey Cora, my story is very long but do you think i should type it up or not? i wrote it in P7.
Dated:Wed Dec 19 18:55:58 2012  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Hope it's ok, now, Brigid.

I was going to ask whether you would try to send me longer sections of story because few lines is as much as trouble as ten pages and it does waste my time (which is very limited at the moment) if stories come in just a few lines at a time.
Save it up and re-read it and then send it to me.
Dated:Wed Dec 19 17:08:06 2012  

Name: brigid
Message:My computer is doing something funny it won't let me save anything
Dated:Wed Dec 19 08:34:00 2012  

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