Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Book shelf

I've just updated my Bookshop page - click on link at top of page - to add Della Galton's The Short Story Writer's Toolshed. 

If people have started asking you what you want for Christmas, why not ask for some how-to write books? Mind you, Della's latest is only £1.88 as an ebook so you could probably just treat yourself to that one!

19 comments:

Patsy said...

It is about time to give a few not too subtle hints about the books we'd like.

Old Kitty said...

I'm all for treats! Take care
x

Della Galton said...

Thank you Kath, I'm rather fond of this little book. I hope anyone who buys it finds it v useful. I'm having a great day. Just sold 3 to Norah. Her email buying them had gone astray apparently so she sent it again, and one to Fast Fiction, and one to PF. The PF one was about a guy with bowel cancer - they really are pushing the boundaries. It was called A Memory of Horses, I might have read it in class. Anyway, thanks.

Anonymous said...

ps I actually came over to look at the Fast Fiction categories as I was about to send A Memory of Horses to them and wanted to know which category to put it under. :)

Della Galton said...

pps - that anonymous is me. I'm sure I didn't choose anonymous !

Geraldine Ryan said...

Congrats on the sales, Della! Hoping some of your good luck will brush off on me, especially as I have a serial out with Gaynor.

All my stories to Fast Fiction seem to sink without trace. I don't know why. Do they have to be either 700 or 1400? And what is this about "I wanted to know which category to put it under"

Anonymous said...

Oh, that we were all as succussful as Della! And as modest!

Anonymous said...

Hi Geraldine, Fast Fiction Categories include romance, thriller, light bite, sixth sense, heartwarmer, revenge and tear jerker (All info on this blog under That's Life'. All mine are now sinking without trace too after selling them three in quick succession. I've tried using the category headings to capture their interest but no luck so far. Well done to Della on her sales. Good wishes to all. KH

Geraldine Ryan said...

Thanks for that, Anon. I have read that but didn't really take it in. I guess I thought that it was their job to put it under a category heading, a bit like FF do when they call a story "one from the heart" for example.

But can you - or anyone - answer my question on length? Can it be multiples of the one page length?

Janice said...

Hi Geraldine!

I don't know whether you remember me - we have spoken before.

Please don't take this for absolute gospel but the lengths I work to for Fast Fiction are 700, 1,200, 1,400, 2,100 and 2,700.

Hope this helps.

Geraldine Ryan said...

Hi, Janice and thanks very much for this info.

Anonymous said...

Hi Della. You're a star. I never would have thought of bowel cancer as a subject for any short story, never mind PF. It's all in the telling. I'm not selling to OZ at the moment but have had 2 sales to Allas. Hope things are looking up for you. Have a great Xmas. Love
Trish

Geoff Bagwell said...

Hi Geraldine, Della et al,

If it's of interest I've sold a few to FF and work to multiples of the one page length, 700, up to 2,800. I never think in terms of categories, always assumed that was a thing for the mags to sort out (but perhaps I'm wrong?)

I am interested to hear of your sales to Norah, Della. I had a nice run of about 15 sales late last year and early this (after reading the invaluable "How to Write and Sell Short Stories", I must add). Now, though, I have only had 4 responses (1 sale, 3 rejects) from 25 stories I've sent since early September. Beginning to wonder about chasing them up but I hate to hassle Norah.

I'm also wondering how long to leave it before chasing up payment for a story in the Christmas TABFF.

Sorry for the long post - perhaps I should get my own blog!

Geoff

Anonymous said...

Wow! Some of you writers out there are doing so well with TAB. I've just sold my first story to Norah after multiple rejections. How does the payment process go though? I was asked to fill in something and send it back but I wasn't asked to provide bank details or anything. Am I supposed to send an invoice or do they just send a cheque? I'd be very grateful if any one of you successful writers out there would advise. Thanks. KH

Bernadette said...

Geoff, I heard about stories from late August about a month ago and haven't heard about early October ones yet, so I would think September are imminent. I expect Christmas has put people a bit behind.
These days TaBFF stories are normally paid prior to publication, so I don't think it's too early to send a little chaser.

KH, I've never had to send an invoice. TaBFF used to pay by cheque, but now pay direct to bank accounts, though it may be different as it's your first one. I'd wait for a couple of months after sending your forms in and if you haven't heard/received anything a polite chase would be OK. And well done on your first acceptance.

Geoff Bagwell said...


Many thanks, Bernadette. I won't start panicking yet, then.

Congratulations, KH. I've always been paid directly into my account, but as Bernadette says, I can't guarantee this is still the policy if it's your first story. One thing, though - TAB don't pay until publication, so don't do any chasing until your story has appeared in the mag.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Geoff and Bernadette for the 'Well Done's' and the advice. If a mag publishes a story sent to them without alerting you that they've accepted it how quickly would a seasoned (if you know what I mean) writer chase this up. Also how long is reasonable to leave stories with a mag before letting the editor know that you're going to sub elsewhere? Sorry for asking so many questions but having the advice from those very much in 'the know' is helpful. Thanks. KH

Bernadette said...

To the first question - straight away! Editors should always let you know first and if they don't then it's probably an error on their part, or an email gone astray.

Second question - it depends on the mag. Most give an 'expected' time in which you should hear (but don't always stick to it). If it's a mag that will let you know if they are rejecting a story I would wait a few months after the expected time and then send a polite note to the editor as it may not have been received.

If it's one of the mags who only let you know about acceptances, then it's harder to know what to do. Some can take over a year! But personally, unless there is evidence that that mag takes longer than normal, I would think 6 months is OK. But I'm afraid there's no 'right' answer to it and others may have a different view.

Anonymous said...

Thanks again, Bernadette. Your advice is very much appreciated. Good wishes KH