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Location: Bromsgrove, Worcs, UK
Gender: Male
Born: 14/02/1950
Member: Standard
Joined: March 2012
Retired, married, father of two and grandfather of three. Currently on the board of my local housing association and doing an OU degree.
I have completed my first novel : "The Eden Tree", which was released on July 19th. 2016. Website: I am working on the sequel "Return to Eden."
I live in the UK, and real life name is PETER if I forget to sign.
Today is the first day of the rest of my life.
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vigournet: My latest OU module on Creative Writing is kick-starting my writing so I hope to post here soon.
September 27, 2016 at 9:32AM

vigournet: The Eden Tree will be available from July 19th. 2016. And now breathe!
May 26, 2016 at 1:13PM
    michaelcahill: Be sure and remind us and let us know how to get a copy. :))
    Congrats!! A loooooong hard battle!
    May 26, 2016 at 1:18PM

vigournet: My computer upgrade would have been a few weeks disaster apart from FanStory having 22 chapters of my sequel! Thank you!
March 12, 2016 at 3:48PM

vigournet: My final manuscript is with the publishers. Cover designs are being created. It's all systems go for "The Eden Tree".
January 15, 2016 at 6:50AM

vigournet: Cant wait for my editor's final draft, and look at my publisher's new book cover. It's all happening here!
December 23, 2015 at 4:11AM
    michaelcahill: Let us see it when it's ready!
    December 23, 2015 at 8:46PM

vigournet: Thrilled to hear today that my editor is enjoying my novel. That's great while she works on the edit. !
December 11, 2015 at 2:16PM

vigournet: My editor says she might complete the structural edit by Christmas. I guess I have a busy 2016!
November 24, 2015 at 4:10AM
    michaelcahill: Wow. They're really making you WAIT!!! Have you thought about alcohol to soothe your nerves? :))
    November 24, 2015 at 1:50PM

vigournet: Signed the publisher's contract. Waiting for structural edit.
November 18, 2015 at 7:49AM
    michaelcahill: Good luck. Keep us posted!
    November 18, 2015 at 9:21PM

vigournet: Looking and cutting "as he's" in my manuscript: bit like my hair, there were lots now not so many.
November 2, 2015 at 1:40AM
    Linda Engel: you're too funny!
    November 2, 2015 at 1:32PM

vigournet: I have taken a very real step forwards to getting my book published, and have even spoke with the CEO at length!
October 28, 2015 at 1:57PM

vigournet: I am in a bit of a dilemma as I have not heard from Novum Publishing since I signed the contract, their London office is not manned and I have read some criticism on the internet. If it is a scam it is a very good one, and I would be gutted. I await their responses. Rest assured it has cost me nothing but wounded pride and some confusion about what I felt sure was a fulfillment of promises.
October 26, 2015 at 7:49AM
    Cumbrianlass: I read your comment and then did some searching on the net. Novum Publishing are an Austrian firm, apparently, with a London address that is 'unmanned'. Actually, they have several similar 'unmanned' addresses in other European countries. They are also a 'vanity publisher'. Unfortunately, vanity publishers don't make money from publishing. They make money from producing - at the author's expense. I would proceed with extreme caution if I were you. Personally, I wouldn't touch them with a 10 foot pole.
    October 26, 2015 at 9:39AM
    vigournet: Thanks for your input. I am researching myself, and still nervous.
    October 26, 2015 at 4:15PM

vigournet: I am busy revising and acting on the great reviews I have had on here. My publisher still expects my manuscript to be ready in a few weeks for their editing.
October 22, 2015 at 8:06AM

vigournet: Ok, so I get my publishing contract this week, then have about three weeks to re-edit. I want far more "show not tell" so any advice is great!
October 18, 2015 at 2:11PM
    nor84: This may help. Do a word search for these words and those similar: looked, saw, felt, heard, was, were -- and, as I said, anything similar. Why? If the character sees something, show it to the reader. Don't stand outside the character as a reporter -- get inside his skin and show through his senses. Not so simple to do, takes practice. Don't say, "he was sweating" say "Stinging sweat dripped into his eyes."

    YOU are the character you're talking about. Stay in his skin and experience the story yourself.
    October 18, 2015 at 3:42PM
    vigournet: Thanks that is great advice. I will look over the next few weeks.
    October 18, 2015 at 3:54PM

vigournet: May not post much for next three weeks as I revise The Eden Tree before final manuscript is sent to publishers.
October 17, 2015 at 4:32AM

vigournet: I have received today my publishing contract! Thank you FanStory for all your reviews, help and encouragement.
October 13, 2015 at 6:36AM
    Linda Engel: YEA!!!!!!!!! Woo Hoo. So happy . Are you going to sell it through a large chain store or Amazon? I am always bragging to my friends about the authors I know on Fan Story. Best Wishes to you.
    October 13, 2015 at 9:19AM
    vigournet: Thanks to all. The release date is 6 months away, so watch this space.
    October 13, 2015 at 3:45PM

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