And people who query with "Here's my idea for a story! I want you to rep me! Writing the manuscript? No, haven't done that yet. And people who send a list of character profiles rather than an actual query. My agent once said at least half the queries she gets are easy rejections. Don't sweat the stats.
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I was so pleasantly surprised - oh, let's be honest, it was more like blown away! In NC, Amazon Review. Back to top 8 Jamie Jamie New Member. Posted 23 July - AM.
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Posted 01 August - AM. That being said. I am not sure, with the age of self-pub and smaller pubs, how accurate overal that is for who gets published. Posted 01 August - PM. Millions of writers out there, and a relative handful of deals to be had. Posted 18 August - AM. I've heard it said that most everyone wants to write a book. Writing the book is the easy part. Taking the time to make it an outstanding book takes a bit more time. As RC so eloquently pointed out our job as writers is to do the job right. Take the time to make it great with beta readers and crit partners.
Polish it till it shines. Make a killer query letter. That puts you ahead of , of those supposed million that are out there. I've been haunting the halls here for a few years now, and I've seen a lot of the folks here at AQC get published. Some still hang out here. Study, work, and learn from what you can get in this forum and you've a recipe for success. When you find yourself in a hole, quit digging. Always drink upstream from the herd.
Never squat with your spurs on. Posted 23 August - PM. I'm glad I had no concept of this side of writing before I started my book. I probably would have gone on to be a design engineer or a manicurist. Posted 29 August - PM. The numbers are daunting. Write what your heart tells you. Get betas, get critique partners, make sure that ms shines before you ever think of submitting it. However, he cut short his plans for spending Christmas with his family in India when he heard of Wolcott Balestier's sudden death from typhoid fever, and immediately decided to return to London.
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Before his return, he had used the telegram to propose to and be accepted by Wolcott's sister Caroline Carrie Balestier, whom he had met a year earlier, and with whom he had apparently been having an intermittent romance. Citation needed. On 18 January , Carrie Balestier aged 29 and Rudyard Kipling aged 26 were married in London, in the "thick of an influenza epidemic, when the undertakers had run out of black horses and the dead had to be content with brown ones.
Henry James gave the bride away. The couple settled upon a honeymoon that would take them first to the United States including a stop at the Balestier family estate near Brattleboro, Vermont and then on to Japan. Taking their loss in stride, they returned to the U. According to Kipling, "We furnished it with a simplicity that fore-ran the hire-purchase system.
We bought, second or third hand, a huge, hot-air stove which we installed in the cellar. We cut generous holes in our thin floors for its eight inch tin pipes why we were not burned in our beds each week of the winter I never can understand and we were extraordinarily and self-centredly content.
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In this cottage, Bliss Cottage , their first child, Josephine, was born "in three foot of snow on the night of 29 December Her Mother's birthday being the 31st and mine the 30th of the same month, we congratulated her on her sense of the fitness of things It was also in this cottage that the first dawnings of the Jungle Books came to Kipling: "workroom in the Bliss Cottage was seven feet by eight, and from December to April the snow lay level with its window-sill.
It chanced that I had written a tale about Indian Forestry work which included a boy who had been brought up by wolves. In the stillness, and suspense, of the winter of '92 some memory of the Masonic Lions of my childhood's magazine, and a phrase in Haggard's Nada the Lily , combined with the echo of this tale. After blocking out the main idea in my head, the pen took charge, and I watched it begin to write stories about Mowgli and animals, which later grew into the two Jungle Books ".
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Kipling named the house "Naulakha" in honour of Wolcott and of their collaboration, and this time the name was spelled correctly. In the short span of four years, he produced, in addition to the Jungle Books , the short story collection The Day's Work , the novel Captains Courageous , and a profusion of poetry, including the volume The Seven Seas. The collection of Barrack-Room Ballads , first published individually for the most part in , which contains his poems " Mandalay " and " Gunga Din " was issued in March He especially enjoyed writing the Jungle Books - both masterpieces of imaginative writing - and enjoyed, too, corresponding with the many children who wrote to him about them.
The writing life in Naulakha was occasionally interrupted by visitors, including his father , who visited soon after his retirement in ,  and British author Arthur Conan Doyle , who brought his golf-clubs, stayed for two days, and gave Kipling an extended golf lesson. From all accounts, Kipling loved the outdoors,  not least of whose marvels in Vermont was the turning of the leaves each fall.
He described this moment in a letter: "A little maple began it, flaming blood-red of a sudden where he stood against the dark green of a pine-belt.
Next morning there was an answering signal from the swamp where the sumacs grow. Three days later, the hill-sides as fast as the eye could range were afire, and the roads paved, with crimson and gold. Then a wet wind blew, and ruined all the uniforms of that gorgeous army; and the oaks , who had held themselves in reserve, buckled on their dull and bronzed cuirasses and stood it out stiffly to the last blown leaf, till nothing remained but pencil-shadings of bare boughs, and one could see into the most private heart of the woods.
In February , the couple's second daughter, Elsie, was born. By this time, according to several biographers, their marital relationship was no longer light-hearted and spontaneous. The Kiplings loved life in Vermont and might have lived out their lives there, were it not for two incidents - one of global politics, the other of family discord - that hastily ended their time there. By the early s, the United Kingdom and Venezuela had long been locking horns over a border dispute involving British Guiana.
Several times, the U. Although the crisis led to greater U.
A family dispute became the final straw. For some time, the relations between Carrie and her brother Beatty Balestier had been strained on account of his drinking and insolvency. In May , an inebriated Beatty ran into Kipling on the street and threatened him with physical harm. In July , a week before the hearing was to resume, the Kiplings hurriedly packed their belongings and left Naulakha , Vermont, and the U.
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Back in England, in September , the Kiplings found themselves in Torquay on the coast of Devon , in a hillside home overlooking the sea. Although Kipling did not much care for his new house, whose design, he claimed, left its occupants feeling dispirited and gloomy, he managed to remain productive and socially active. His son, John, was born in August He had also begun work on two poems, " Recessional " and " The White Man's Burden " which were to create controversy when published. Regarded by some as anthems for enlightened and duty-bound empire-building that captured the mood of the Victorian age , the poems equally were regarded by others as propaganda for brazenfaced imperialism and its attendant racial attitudes; still others saw irony in the poems and warnings of the perils of empire.
follow url Take up the White Man's burden - Send forth the best ye breed - Go, bind your sons to exile To serve your captives' need; To wait, in heavy harness, On fluttered folk and wild - Your new-caught sullen peoples, Half devil and half child. The White Man's Burden . There was also foreboding in the poems, a sense that all could yet come to naught. Far-called, our navies melt away; On dune and headland sinks the fire: Lo, all our pomp of yesterday Is one with Nineveh and Tyre! Judge of the Nations, spare us yet.
Lest we forget - lest we forget! In early Kipling and his family travelled to South Africa for their winter holiday, thus beginning an annual tradition which excepting the following year was to last until With his newly minted reputation as the poet of the Empire, Kipling was warmly received by some of the most influential politicians of the Cape Colony , including Cecil Rhodes , Sir Alfred Milner , and Leander Starr Jameson.
In turn, Kipling cultivated their friendship and came to greatly admire all three men and their politics.