Quote: Andrew A, Friday, 13 Apr 2012 13:17
Still longing to see T.W’s work. I bet it’s brilliant – well written, witty, poignant, exciting, thought provoking. I can’t wait.
My ‘The Blunted Sabre’ is currently with the editor having its adverbs restored (it is a period piece and requires original features). Also, Chapter Seventeen requires wallpapering, and there remains an internal rhyme in Elegance Tremayne’s post-publication ejaculation that requires attention.
But be assured that the opening chapters of the comedic tale of Lucy Lovehart’s unwritten Romantic novel will grace this site before long. If the good people at Random House happen to be looking in, here is a synopsis:
Lucy Lovehart, an unmarried clergyman’s daughter, persuades Fortescue and Foster to publish ‘The Blunted Sabre’, the work of her nom de plume
, Elegance Tremayne.
Unfortunately, the book has not been written, not to mention the fact that ragamuffin Lucy simply does not look like a writer. So the Loveharts’ maid, Millie – who has a trunkful of her own unpublished novels – sets about writing the book, and Lucy persuades eccentric Aunt Beatrice to impersonate Elegance at meetings with Mr Fortescue and his nephew, Charles.
Charles, being a literary snob, has little truck with “silly novels written by silly women”, but he manages to fall in love at his first sight of Lucy –now impersonating Millie – when he visits Little Tarn to negotiate royalties with Elegance. Meanwhile, he discovers one of Millie’s original manuscripts and recognises it as a Work of Great Importance; Millie passes the book off as Lucy’s in order to avoid confusion.
The climactic scene arrives when both books are launched at The Book Shelf in Warminster. Aunt Beatrice reads from Elegance Tremayne’s novel – written, of course, by Mille - and answers audience questions, while Lucy does the same for her own work – also written by Millie. High comedy ensues, as well as a satirical examination of the nature of Art, Vanity and Deception.
The novel ends with Charles marrying one of the writers. But which one? To find out please send a crossed cheque for advance royalties of £20,000 made out to Jeffrey Jones c/o Edward Smith at YouWriteOn.
Thank you for your time.
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