It's been a while since I did one of these posts, and I am aware that lately I have become a Very Bad Blogger. Blame my new novel which is taking all my spare time. I'm about half way through the first draft, so I will continue to be a VBB for some time to come. Sorry about that.
Anyway, here are some interesting snippets for you to follow up.
1. If you're considering submitting stories to the US magazine, Woman's World (guidelines on this blog are still correct), then do go and take a look at Kate Willoughby's blog. She reads the magazine every week and analyses the stories in them. She's sold quite a few to them herself, so has a very good idea of what they take and what they don't. With thanks to Rena George for reminding me of this link.
2. If you write children's stories, here's a possible market for you. The Knowonder website aims to help literacy in children by providing great stories they can read every day. There's a small payment for stories published, too.
3. For all you pocket novelists out there, go and take a look at Sally's blog where she has posted the latest guidelines for My Weekly pocket novels. There's a lovely colourful flyer - it won't copy too well to Blogger so please go to Sally's blog and download it from there. My Weekly want novels in the Murder, Modern and Medical categories. I guess you could have a contemporary story in which a doctor murders his patients then falls in love with a nurse to cover all the bases... Looks to me like they're trying to muscle in on the Mills & Boon market a little. Well why not? And don't forget if you sell them a pocket novel, you can usually sell the same novel again to the large print publisher, Ulverscroft, then happily receive PLR payments for many years to come. As long as PLR is not scrapped, of course - talking of which, have you signed the petition yet?
4. Do you ever feel as though there's too much to do and not enough time? Well, I have the answer. Buy a copy of Peter Jones's book, How To Do Everything And Be Happy. It's just been re-released as a second edition, after selling 10,000 copies of the first edition. Not bad for a self-published book! I have a copy, personally signed by the author no less. He's a lovely chap, and the book is full of great advice on how to enjoy life to the full. There's a short interview with him on Della's blog. For today (and I don't know how much longer), the book is free to download to Kindle, or buy an audio version (read by Peter) or a paper version.
(The book I really need to read, is Peter's second, coming soon, entitled How To Eat Loads And Stay Slim. It is co-authored by Della Galton. You can read the opening chapter here.)
Right, that's me done. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.