Annie Burrows

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I've been published by Mills & Boon since 2007..but I'd been making up stories in my head for as long as I can remember. It was a long walk home from school, and there were no ipods in those days to keep you amused! When I wasn't daydreaming, I had my nose stuck in a book. My parents used to take me to the library every Saturday, until I was old enough to get there on my own, and my house was always full of books.

During school holidays, the whole family loved to visit stately homes and castles. As soon as we got home, my older sister and I would either dress up as lords and ladies, and romp around the garden, or, if it was raining, retreat to our bedroom where we would draw intricately detailed plans of our very own imaginary stately ho
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Annie Burrows thanks for asking this question Naomi - it really made me think, because what I usually remember about a book is the characters, rather than an…morethanks for asking this question Naomi - it really made me think, because what I usually remember about a book is the characters, rather than an ending.
But 2 endings did spring to mind (eventually)
The first is the iconic ending of Jane Eyre. "Reader, I married him." Who could forget that? I just love the way the author gathers us in to her story, making us feel as though we are friends in whom she's confiding.
The other ending is from a book that not many people may have heard of: "The Untied Kingdom" by Kate Johnson. The hero gives up his entire world for love of the heroine, while the heroine is desperately trying to find her way back to the world in which he lives, even though it would mean return to terrible danger. It's a real high stakes situation, which left me with that "aaahhh" feeling.
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Annie Burrows Hi there Cintia.
When I was an aspiring writer, I felt very much like you do. It actually hurt to walk into a book shop and see all those books on the…more
Hi there Cintia.
When I was an aspiring writer, I felt very much like you do. It actually hurt to walk into a book shop and see all those books on the shelves by people lucky enough to have got a publishing deal.
But the only way you are ever going to get a book deal is if you keep on going. If you want to be a published writer as much as I did, then you won't be able to give up, in spite of all the discouraging things you might hear about the publishing industry. It took me just over ten years from starting on my first novel to actually getting a deal. I got rejection slip after rejection slip, with no idea what I was doing wrong (since none of the publishers explained)
After a while, I decided it might help if I went on a creative writing course, to see if I actually might have what it took, or if I was deluding myself. I found an evening class at a local college.
My next idea was to pay for a critique, so that somebody in the know could tell me what I was doing wrong.
But before I'd finished the course, (or had to get that critique) one of my submissions (the first 3 chapters) came back with a request for the rest of the manuscript, and that eventually became my first published book.
It turned out that I hadn't been doing anything dreadfully wrong with my writing. I just needed to have a story land on the right editors desk, at the right time.
So, you do need to persevere though rejections. Most writers do. It's very rare for someone to have a first book accepted.
But for now, maybe it would help if you stopped reading about what everyone else is doing, and how hard it is to get that deal, and just write for yourself? (I'm pretty sure you can't help it anyway!)

wishing you all the best in your writing career,
Annie

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Thank you all for following my blog here on Goodreads, where I have been sharing a very personal view of what it is like to be a writer. And dealing with themes in alphabetical order. This month, I've finally reached Z...and zombie kittens!

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