136: Submission package critique by Sworn Secret author Amanda Jennings

ITEM: A submission package critique of first three chapters, synopsis and letter, by contemporary fiction author, Amanda Jennings.

DESCRIPTION: This can take the form of an email report and telephone conversation, or a face to face meeting over lunch in London or within 1 hour of Reading.

Amanda Jennings Sworn Secret by Amanda JenningsBIO: Amanda Jennings is a contemporary fiction writer. Her first book, Sworn Secret, was published last year in the UK, and is soon to be published in Italy, Taiwan and as an ebook in the US. The Judas Scar will be published in May 2014 by Cutting Edge Press.

About Candy Gourlay

Growing up in the Philippines, Candy Gourlay wondered why all the books she'd ever loved didn't resemble her steamy, tropical home in Manila. As a result, it took her years to fulfil her dream of becoming an author – and years to learn that Filipino stories, too, belong in the pages of books. Her latest novel is BONE TALK, set in 1899 and told from the point of view of a boy from a headhunting village during the US invasion of the Philippines. She has just published her first picture book, IS IT A MERMAID – about a dugong who thinks she's a mermaid. Candy's other novels, TALL STORY and SHINE, have been listed for many prizes in the United Kingdom such as the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Book Prize. Both novels won the Crystal Kite Prize for Europe and Tall Story was awarded the National Children's Book Award in the Philippines.


  1. Let’s begin with Β£30!

  2. I am underlining LUNCH in capital letters to this donation. My shout. In London or an hour from Reading. We will have a lovely lunch and can chat about your writing, my writing, anybody’s writing. There will be pudding.

  3. IF I fail to nab andy and tony i’ll be back, though i have no writing to discuss so it would just be lunch lol

  4. For those that don’t have writing to discuss: I’ll take you to lunch, wine and dine you, laugh at ALL your jokes, and when published, will send you two signed and dedicated copies of The Judas Scar (out in May) and a Crunchie.

  5. omg a CRUNCHIE! πŸ™‚

  6. I know. I KNOW!!! πŸ˜‰

  7. Right, let’s get serious here. Β£100. I have no book to critique but I would love to talk about Sworn Secret AND the Judas Scar and then when Hollywood come knocking for the rights to Sworn Secret and you are all famous and everything I can say “I once had lunch with her” and all my friends will be “what?!! Seriously?! But she is like totes amazeballs” and I can be like “ya ha, I know, right?”

    Shall I stop?

    I am serious about the Β£100 Jennings.

  8. Well, then, Your Highness. I shall be sending you TWO CRUNCHIES. And choosing a monumental place for lunch. Many thanks.

  9. If this is the KFC drive thru at Reading Gate I am going to mightily disappointed, you know that, right?

  10. Oh. OK then. *gets her copy of Fast Food Joints in Berkshire out again*

  11. Β£110 – as long as there is a McFlurry for pudding

  12. A McFlurry is certainly an option. Thank you for your bid! AJ

  13. Honk back. Thank you very much! This is going to have to be a very good lunch. I shall learn a few jokes.

  14. Mrs H

    Are there any months you’re not available to do this, Amanda? πŸ™‚

  15. No, should be able to do this whenever. Would need a week or so to look at synopsis/chapters, but really I’m around, diary dependent of course. It will get busier towards May in the run up to the publication of The Judas Scar – but I can ALWAYS MAKE TIME FOR LUNCH!!! πŸ˜‰

  16. Mrs H

    Hi Amanda – I commented earlier but it seems to have vanished! Is there any month when you’re not available to do this?

  17. Mrs H

    Sorry Amanda – previous comment reappeared as I was making second one! D’oh! I’d like to bid 135GBP πŸ™‚

  18. Oh wow. That’s amazing. Thank you! πŸ™‚

  19. Is there Crunchie for pudding? Love love love Crunchies! πŸ™‚

  20. Oh yes! We will have crunchies for pudding and I will send you home with two. One for the journey home. One for breakfast. πŸ™‚

  21. Mmm lovely … πŸ™‚

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