A Cool Review for Shine in the Guardian

Shine by Candy Gourlay
'A precious and important novel that also explores exile from neighbours, family and country. The book is about reinvention and the faces we present to the world, whether it be in person, on a postcard or on the internet, all wrapped up in an exciting and perfectly paced story with a disturbing and dramatic climax.'
Philip Ardagh, The Guardian
Read the review

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Does the world need another blog like it needs a hole in the ozone layer?

Another blog, you say? But aren't I all blogged out? What about my blog Notes from the Slushpile?

Clearly, I am insane.

Well, maybe only slightly.

The thing is, you see, it used to be that my blog readers were fellow writers.


We discussed stuff to do with getting published like craft, the publishing industry, literary agents, editors, marketing, endurance, what rejection feels like, how rejection hurts, how horrible rejection can be, how rejection gets you down  ... okay, I admit it, sometimes we went a little stir crazy from rejection.

When I finally got a book contract, people kept asking me, what are you going to do now? You aren't on the slushpile any more, you can't keep pretending you're on the slushpile.

Well, I think I'm still on the slushpile, really. Publication is never guaranteed. And I like whining blogging about trying to get published. So I'm not junking Notes from the Slushpile just yet.

But finally getting published means I've got to pay some attention to those lovely, astonishingly gorgeous and intelligent folks out there who will be buying and reading my books.

All this time, I'd been blogging for writers. Now that my book Tall Story is coming out (Pre-order! NOW! On Amazon! Just saying), I have to think about blogging for READERS.

Photo stuartpilbrow, Via Creative Commons with thanks!

So here is my new blog.

If you like reading, if you like reading my books (of which someday there will be hundreds! HAHAHAHA ... oops, sorry. Must curb tendency towards maniacal laughter) ... follow my new blog, join in the conversation, have a laugh. Who knows, famous people might want to hang out with us.


See you on the web!

12 comments :

  1. Great new blog, Candy and good luck with Tall Story. :)

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  2. Wow! that was fast, tracy. thanks!

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  3. Love it - here's to lots more blogging and loads of Tall Story - and other - success! ;-)

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  4. Tracy, what happened to your profile picture?

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  5. I love your new look too. This is very cool. Although if I'm honest I think that Brad's right hand looks a bit girly. But the new blog is awsomungus!

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  6. Thanks, Nicky. I'm looking for a nice widget to do a proper blogroll.

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  7. Shhh. Don't look too closely at Brad's right hand!

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  8. A burning need? I don't know. Let me think. No, not just now. But hello, anyway.

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  9. This is great!!! I was wondering what you were going to do but SO glad you aren't abandoning 'slushpile' just yet.....I enjoyed guest blogging so much an thinking of finding a little internet corner all of my own....

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  10. re burning need ... interesting that it was the bookwitch who was most sensitive to the word 'burning'

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  11. kathy, i'm planning (just because i have masses of time on my hands) to redesign Notes as a magazine blog and open it to contributors.

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