I’ve sent the new novel to my agent. Always very hard to do, especially at this risk-averse juncture. Candles, anybody?
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Perhaps the Northern Professor can confirm who is patron saint of novels. Maybe in this case St Luke, who was, like Janey, a scholar and whose gospel could be viewed as a novel based on historic events… Candle efficacy will probably depend on getting this right. BEST LUCK!
The patron saint of writers and journalists is St Francis de Sales, who must have his work cut out. Novelists don’t seem to have a patron saint as such, but St John the Divine is also a patron saint of writers, and perhaps he would be graciously pleased to take an interest. It might be a little saucy to light one to St Helena herself, though I hope she isn’t actually cross with me.
At this rate it sounds like we may all end up seeking the intercession of a whole celestial consortium! Who knows, it may work, but I’m always sceptical of committees. Nothing ever gets done. And with saints they’d be no end of bickering.