1. A while back I posted an appeal from Sharon who wanted to find writers to set up an email group swapping feedback on short stories. Well, she's now set up the group with a few writers but there's room for more. Doing a crit of a short story benefits both the writer and the person giving feedback, so if you feel you'd like to join this group do contact Sharon on sbee.poetry (at) gmail.com.
2. Take A Break are looking for 'summery' stories right now - why not put your shorts and shades on to put yourself in the mood, and get writing!
3. If you're looking for maximum payment per word, don't forget about the letters pages in magazines. Blog reader Lydia reminded me of this market, and says she has sold hundreds of letters over the years. Some mags give prizes rather than payment for letters these days but often the special interest mags will pay £25 or so for a letter. Go spend an hour browsing in WHSmith and jot down the contact details on the letters page!
4. Finally, if you've bought and enjoyed Diamonds and Pearls, please consider leaving a review on Amazon. Preferably a good one! If you haven't yet bought it, remember it's sold in aid of a breast cancer charity, so not only is it a great read but a worthy cause too.