My father drank every day and would let me sip beer as a child. Sometimes my sister and I would be left in the car while our parents were in the pub but we were happy because they brought us raspberry and lemonade. We did not feel abused but of course that could not go on today.
Street in Male’ Maldives – Courtesy of Google Images
A five-star hotel. A very lovely warm night near the Equator. A waiter glides by with a large Bami Goreng bedecked with a handsome lettuce leaf that elects to hang-glide off the plate into the pool. Tonight, guests have to slum it and use the tiny, unappetising beach recently built at the backside of the hotel, a little dark and scary at night. For, this evening, the Maldives Olympic swimming squad is practising, this being the only remotely large pool in the Maldives and, even then, a bit on the mingy side compared with the monster the team will no doubt be faced with in a year or so. Always a hypnotic sight, cruising the lengths, strong, silent, on a mission and with those huge, dazzling teeth Maldivians possess, just like sharks – and both without benefit of orthodontics.
- Water Villas, Maldives Resort
Many people in Villingili do not have running water and have to fill up lots of plastic bottles each day from a special pump. It is not unusual to see a whole family in the sea shampooing their hair.
NB I have put the link to the full article (and the site) at the end if you wish to read the rest of this article; the site is a real find!
HOW TO FIND A LITERARY AGENT FOR NON-FICTION
(by Jericho Writers)
“Here’s how to find non-fiction literary agents, what kinds of non-fiction they’re looking for, and how to give them what they want.
WHAT ARE NON-FICTION AGENTS LOOKING FOR?
All agents are looking for the same thing: saleable manuscripts that might make money. Whilst specialist or academic non-fiction isn’t on the cards (you’ll need a book proposal to pitch to publishers, in this instance), non-fiction literary agents are looking for:
- Anything celebrity-led, and written by or endorsed by that celebrity;
- A strong and compelling personal memoir;
- A funny, moving, exotic tale of travel;
- A popular science tome;
- A narrative-led history;
- A biography, if the subject in question is genuinely famous;
- A major new diet and motivational work;
- A strong, quirky one-off.
What no one’s looking for is niche.
Guidebooks in minor subject areas, books of local history, biographies of little-known subjects, aren’t sought after. These books may well sell to the right publishers, though mightn’t sell for enough money to make it worth an agent’s while to get involved. In such cases, it’s fine to approach publishers direct.”
TO READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE, PLEASE GO TO THIS LINK:
[I am re-blogging this post by Yann Girard via link below.]
I’ve self published 9 books over the past four years. I know. Self publishing isn’t anything special anymore. Still, I wanted to talk a little bit about my experience. Simply because you only hear about the people who have a hell lot of success self publishing books. You never hear about the people who don’t have success self publishing books. And I’m one of them. I never had any success self publishing any of my books…