It was a great do, lovely agenty types - all enthusiastic and hungry for something wonderful. Judging by Twitter everyone had a great time and I look forward to reading about all those positive outcomes in our Saturday Celebrations. But was it at the agents party I learned about the importance of a good ending?
That was at The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Apollo Theatre that afternoon.
I had some birthday money to spend on a show so I picked up a bargain ticket a few rows from the front of the stalls ten minutes before curtain up. #rightplacerighttime
It was great. The staging brilliantly represented the precise way that Christopher's mind worked, the acting was convincing especially Trevor Fox as the Dad and the story demonstrated wonderfully how the ordinary is really, extraordinary. Having said that, the play was not as great as the book which I loved. That is until the end.
Depending on your classification of spoiler, one may follow.
It was the puppy! When Christopher's dad brought the puppy out, I loved it! In a way it was a bit of a cheap trick but who cares, it was in the book and is the only resolution to the poor dead dog at the beginning. The cast reacted brilliantly to the cutest Andrex puppy you ever did see, the whole theatre aaaahed - everyone was smitten. Then after the final curtain there was also a very satisfying bit of maths. I left the Apollo ready to watch the whole show all over again.
Isn't that how we, authors and illustrators, should leave our readers?
For fear of turning this post into spoiler city, do you have any endings that changed your feelings about a story? You don't have to say what happens...
Though many of you had already found our hidden page (linked to Agent Confidential) of excellent advice on choosing the right agent from the one and only Nicola Morgan, we thought it was so good we posted it again on Thursday. Friday signposted us to Anne Marie's great post on the Illustrator blog Big Little Tales and Saturday we celebrated with Bryony Pearce on the publication of her second novel.
In our box of delights next week, we have...
- Celia & Annie's report on the Nosy Crow Conference!
- Latest London Professional Series report!
- A new Slushpile Challenge!
- News from Central North!
- Sara O' Connor!
And no apologies for the exclamation marks!
Now for the great ending...