By Mike Nappa

ISBN-10: 1402254121

ISBN-13: 9781402254123

Discover the tips and tricks to averting the rejection pile.

You've performed it! You've written the following "must have" publication and everybody you recognize who reads your manuscript is of the same opinion – it's bound to be a bestseller. So why can't you discover a writer for it? For a few cause (maybe much more than one) editors and brokers alike continue rejecting your proposal.

So what are you doing wrong?

Discover seventy seven of the commonest the reason why hundreds of thousands of ebook proposals are rejected each year, and discover what you are able to do to make your thought stick out from the remainder. operating as an writer, editor, and agent from greater than twenty years, publishing veteran Mike Nappa is aware the main common error authors make of their proposals after which uncomplicated steps you could take to prevent catching a experience at the teach to Rejection-ville.

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Rainier’s account of his involvement, as Smithy, in the show appears to contain a pointed message about the legacy of the war and the treatment of veterans. Sent home from the front in an amnesiac condition, Smithy is kept in Melbury Asylum until, amid the confusion of the armistice celebrations, he takes the opportunity to abscond. In the town, he encounters Paula, an actress, who realizes he is in difficulty and takes him under her wing. Rainier’s description of the version of Salute the Flag in which Paula performed indicates that its transformation from serious play to music-hall farce began even sooner than Harrison suspects: Salute the Flag […] was a hangover from wartime, having begun in 1914 as a straight melodrama with no comedy at all, but with many Remembering the Last War 39 rousing speeches that audiences in those days had liked to cheer.

On the occasion of their first meeting, she notices a scar on his face: ‘Home-made mine. ’ He said: ‘Spain. ’ (Pargeter, She Goes120) This misapprehension of Catherine’s is partly prompted by the fact that Tom has the appearance of a veteran, prematurely grey and ‘weatherbeaten’ (119). It is also implied, however, that until she meets Tom, the First World War is her main point of reference so far as combat goes, even though her understanding of this is channelled through her contact with Nick, she herself being too young to remember it.

Moreover, because Smithy is unable to remember his life before the war, he is completely a product of the conflict; his partially remembered traumatic war experiences are the sum total of his past life. Whilst he inveighs against the double-crossing that led to him being injured, in other respects Rainier emerges from the war unscathed. It could even be implied that he forgets the war too easily, and is therefore unable to forestall the drift towards a further conflict. Rainier’s time as Smithy is bookended by two shocks – the shock of injury in war and the shock of the road accident, events that recall Freud’s aetiology of trauma (Freud, Beyond 6).

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