From idea to finished manuscipt

Welcome to my blog.  Four years ago I began researching an idea for a novel.  It started in the graveyard of a church in Devon where I spotted the mottled headstone of a woman named Cordelia.  She and her only child had perished in the 1880s. About this grave, there was an aura of sadness and of mystery.

Today the manuscript of my novel, “The Cook’s Temptation,” is with a highly respected literary agent. My blog will discuss ideas about how a writer moves from idea to finished manuscript.  It will also talk about literary bloomers, those of us who hope to publish our first books after the age of fifty. I promise to pique your interest with stories and events in the literary world that pertain to historical and period fiction, the Jewish novel and  events in publishing.

I invite you to take this journey with me, to recount your stories of manuscript development, the search for an agent or publisher and how writing absolutely changes your life.

Warmest regards,




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6 responses to “From idea to finished manuscipt

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  2. I have always wanted to write a novel – and actually finish it. All through my youth I was told I would never make a living by writing, so I put those ambitions aside and began pursuing more practical things. You are so inspiring that I might just give it another shot in the spare time I don’t have. Hahaha.

  3. When I was growing up in India – back in the cretaceous era – there used to be self-flagellating street performers who moved around bare-torso, periodically whipping themselves and dancing to the rhythm of a tin drum. I haven’t seen a performance in many years, and yet, it stays etched in my mind vividly. For basic information, check this URL:
    Come to think of it, writing a novel is similar to self-flagellation.

  4. Pingback: Re-writing a manuscript: Stick with it or let it go? | J. Keller Ford ~ Young Adult Fantasy Author

  5. I’m a big believer in sticking with it. It doesn’t matter how many drafts you go through as long as the final manuscript is the best it can be.

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