Saturday, 15 May 2010

Sally's Top Tips for Pocket Novels

If you're interested in writing for the Pocket Novel market, take a look at this post where Sally Q passes on her wisdom and knowledge. She began writing pocket novels only recently, but so far every one she's written has been snapped up by My Weekly. The first of them has also been purchased by a large print publisher, which means plenty of PLR payments heading Sally's way in the future.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love all these recent posts about the MW pocket novels, because I'm slaving away on one right now!

I've had two previous stories published, both Regencies, but my new one is set during the Australian Gold Rush period.

Authors might be interested to know that Maggie Seed, the editor, really does likes some "action" in these novels - in fact, I've been asked to murder someone in my story!

It's certainly a lot of work: 30,000 words might not sound like much, but it's a lot harder than it seems. Still, as I'm planning to send something to a publisher such as Robert Hale in the future (word count around 70,000 words) this is all very valuable exprience.

I'd recommend anyone interested in writing novels should try one. (And you can make money on them beyond the 200 pounds DC Thomson pays, but that's by the by...)

Brigid from Australia

penandpaints said...

Thanks Womag, I have already read Sally's excellent post! I should really get on with mine.

Anonymous said...

Hello Brigid,
I'd be very interested to know what the other markets are for novellas you are alluding to. I've written a couple now and am just brewing a new one and it would be good to have a choice of places to send them.
Gina

Anonymous said...

Gina, after your MW novella has been published, I believe you can submit it to a large print publisher such as Ulverscroft.

I haven't done this myself, so I can offer no further information.

With my own two novellas (they're both set in the Regency period i.e. historicals), I sent mine to Regency Reads, a digital publisher that sells already published Regency-set novels & novellas. I submitted my pair in January, and they're already making money ! (Not a lot, I hasten to add, but it comes in useful.)

Have you considered digital publishing? There's quite a number of digital publishers these days (check Editors & Preditors website to make sure they're legit !! There are some dodgy ones around, so be careful.)

I'm also targeting Wild Rose Press, a digital romance publisher. They accept short stories from 7,500 to 65,000 words, and full length novels to 100,000 words. They can be contemporary romance, historical, paranormal (that is, vampires/werewolves/time travel), the Wild West etc etc... and with the magazine market unfortunately shrinking, I believe digital publishing is definitely worth investigating.

Brigid.

Anonymous said...

Many thanks Brigid, that's very helpful, especially the Editors and Predators site. It's so hard to know who's on your side on the internet.
Gina

Quillers said...

Thanks for the plug (again!) womag.

Ulverscroft buy up previously printed My Weekly Pocket novels and pay (at least for a 30k novella) twice as much as MW do for the privilege so it's well worth trying once your MW pocket novel has been published (you have to send Ulverscroft the actual published novella, not your original manuscript by the way). And as Womag says, you're then eligible for public lending rights (so make sure you do register for PLR as soon as you know your novel is going to be in the library).

Ulverscroft also put a completely new cover picture on so it's a nice way of seeing your work in a different format. And they're very nice, friendly people to deal with who pay up promptly. Oh and they send you four free copies too.

Quillers said...

If anyone is looking for some MW/PF pocket novels for research there are some for sale on ebay at the moment. They'r recent titles too, as I bought a couple of them before I went on holiday (but just to be clear, it's not me selling these)

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/4-ISSUES-MY-WEEKLY-PEOPLES-FRIEND-POCKET-NOVELS-/180511454256?cmd=ViewItem&pt=UK_Magazines&hash=item2a07523430