Tuesday, October 9, 2012


  I've been in love with Edward Thomas for years. Sometimes I think he's unbearable but I can't imagine life without him. So when I'd completed my Masters degree on his poetry I was still thinking about him, and that thinking turned into a novel. Robert Frost, Helen Thomas and others feature too, of course.

And that novel is about to be published! But I find I'm not sitting back doing nothing  - there is so much to do  working with my publisher, Frank, as a kind of partner. (www.streetbooks.co.uk)  He knows what he is doing, I don't, but I'm learning fast and I thought other writers might want to read what I'm learning as I go along.

So if you are  working with a small/ medium sized publisher, or self-publishing, read on.

And if you know Edward Thomas was writing for you,  I will be posting some poetry and maybe prose, keeping alongside him with the seasons. Some Robert Frost too. Here is the first part of -


The green elm with the one great bough of gold
Lets leaves into the grass slip, one by one, -
The short hill grass, the mushrooms small milk-white,
Harebell and scabious and tormentil,
That blackberry and gorse, in dew and sun,
Bow down to; and the wind travels too light
To shake the fallen birch leaves from the fern;
The gossamers wander at their own will.
At heavier steps than birds' the squirrels scold.

The rest tomorrow, and choosing the cover.

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  1. A great start, looking forward to more.

    1. Thank you - very encouraging. I hope you continue to find it interesting.

  2. What a great idea to give us a look into the process of getting a book published. Love it sofar.
    Having read the manuscript at an earlier stage, i know how wonderful it is going to be.

    1. Thank you, thyme - you must be one of only two people, I'll have to guess.