At Lavender and White Publishing we specialise in working with authors who are writing equestrian fiction and non-fiction. We are always looking for books, non-fiction and fiction of every genre, romance, crime, fantasy, historical – right across the whole spectrum of writing, just as long as the book is either set in the horse world, or about horses.
Everyone in the office is horse mad. If we are not on or around our horses then the next best thing is reading about them, or the wonderful world that horse people inhabit. This is why Lavender and White Publishing was founded – so that we could find the sort of books we want to read – to make them the best they can be so that other equestrian officianados will enjoy reading them.
Non-fiction has to be informative, helping readers with a problem, or increasing their knowledge. Fiction however is where a writer’s imagination can really fly. There are so many different people involved with horses and ponies, the whole social sphere right across the board from single mum’s struggling to keep one shaggy pony to billionaires with strings of racehorses or polo ponies. Equally there is a huge variety of sports within the equestrian field from small county gymkhanas to huge race meetings and everything in between. So there’s huge scope for what to write about. How about a crime novel set in the polo world, or a tender romance involving a billionaire racehorse owner and his groom?
It’s not just equestrian fiction that we are looking for at Lavender and White Publishing – we are always on the look-out for entertaining, well written memoires, lives spent involved with horses, a life time of hunting, training unruly horses, or a magical rides across foreign lands.
Unfortunately though so many books are let down by badly portrayed settings. No matter how interesting the story is, it is the setting which will bring it to life. The reader wants to be transported into the world your book is set in with all the sounds, smells and sights. If your book is set at Badminton, then your reader needs to feel as if they are really there, so as a writer you need to know not only the layout of the Badminton estate and also know how the event unfolds. Get the setting wrong and you are in danger of losing your reader – possibly permanently.
Once you know the setting, as well as you know your own home and its environs you can begin to incorporate the setting into your story, so that by the end of the story your readers will know it as well as you do. If you use a real place or a real event it’s important to get your facts straight, nothing turns a reader off than incorrect detail in a book.
This is best done slowly, drip feed readers information rather than bore them with huge descriptive passages about the beautiful house or stable yard. Your reader needs to feel that they are actually beside the hero or heroine as the story unfolds. As with every skill, this improves with practice – read as much as you can and keep writing. The more you write the better you will become.
Along with plot and characters the setting is a very important part of any novel. It gives the reader a sense of time and place. The characters in a book set in the 1800’s would react a lot differently to ones in the 21st century, even if they inhabited the same place. A good writer will really bring their setting to life through their words, by using descriptive language you will really create an atmosphere and sense of place in your novel. One of the best things about being a writer is that you pull all of the strings, which means that you get to choose where to set your novel. An imaginary location is often easier to use, but sketch out where the buildings are and make sure you have a detailed plan, even to what flowers are growing in the gardens so that you don’t forget and make some horrendous mistake that will irritate your readers. Of course it is possible to combine both real and fictional settings to make a location of your own.
Another important point to note is that your protagonist, the main character in the book, needs to be likable, even when they are being horrid. The reader needs to sympathise with them.
Sounds easy doesn’t it, but it isn’t always so. Our editors can help to turn your first draft into something that you will be proud of and which will attract readers who will enjoy being transported to the world you have written about. We are more than happy to advise authors and work with them. Just contact us and have a chat about your book.
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