I’m often asked how I became an author and about the writing process. In this article, first published in “The Seafarer”, I give budding writers a few hints and shortcuts to a publisher’s heart I’ve found useful. Do take a look at my twelve articles on the Writing Historical Novels site, and there is much good advice from other writers, too. There are many excellent books available now on writing and publishing – here’s three to get you started…
From Pitch to Publication
by Carole Blake
Write to be Published
by Nicola Morgan
Historical Fiction Writing
by Myfanwy Cook
So many words and phrases in common use today can be traced back to the language of seafarers.
The richness of the English language owes a great deal to Jack Tar! Here’s a selection of some of the favourites I’ve come across over the years.
Quarterdeck is an online quarterly journal celebrating the best in maritime and historical fiction. Edited by George Jepson, subscription is free at http://www.mcbooks.com/newsletter.php
Teazer Build Log
“Now was the perfect time [for Kydd] to make his acquaintance with the lovely creature. Teazer was a galley-built craft, one continuous deck running fore and aft…This was his home…” – Command
Reader John Thompson built a superb model of one of the fictional vessels in my books and presented it to me! It was Thomas Kydd’s first command, a little brig-sloop, HMS Teazer. Here’s John’s build log over the twelve-month project. HRH Princess Anne did me the great honour of inspecting the completed model when it was on loan to the Ivybridge Library.