Thursday, 25 July 2013

Interview with Shirley Blair from PF

I am off on holiday in a matter of hours, but first had to let you know that Sam Tonge is promising tea and coffee with Shirley Blair, fiction ed of People's Friend, on her blog next week.

So do keep an eye on it and don't miss it!

Monday, 22 July 2013

Are we all enjoying the sunshine?

Down here on the south coast we've had four weeks now of relentless sunshine. After complaining about the freezing Spring, no one dares mutter about the heat! I'm lucky enough to live just five minutes from the beach, and we've certainly enjoyed life lately - hence the lack of posts. We're due a storm tonight I think, so that might be the end of it. I don't mind - we're off camping in the Alps at the end of this week, which I'm very much looking forward to. So this will be the last post for a few weeks.


Meanwhile, here are a few bits and pieces for you.

Writer Douglas McPherson, or at least his alter ego Julia Douglas, has managed to secure royal approval for one of his books. Something to aspire to, hey? Full story here.

I've advertised Sally Quilford's online writing courses on this blog several times. If you've ever wondered what they're like, take a look at Charlie Britten's blog here where she writes about her experiences taking Sally's recent short story course. If that inspires you, why not consider taking Sally's online romance writing course? Details here, but hurry as I think it's nearly full.
Edited 23/7/13 to add that Sally has just announced a one day workshop on writing romance - in Chesterfield on 28th Sept. Full details here

Last weekend I was at Della Galton's book launch for her brilliant novel, Ice and a Slice, which is now available as a paperback. If you wish you could have been there, take a look at her photos on her blog, here.

Finally, I've been so delighted with the response to Ghost Stories and How to Write Them I've decided to write another hybrid How To/anthology with a similar structure. It'll take a little while to complete, but watch this space!

Hope you all enjoy the rest of the summer!

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Two competitions

Whether you like writing long or short stuff, there's always a suitable competition for your work. Here are two from the extremes:

The Bath Novel Award  - Send the first 5000 words of your novel plus synopsis, by end February 2014 (so there is loads of time!) Top prize is £1000, and the judge is a literary agent, so there's more to be won if she really likes your work.

If you can't face writing a novel, how about writing a single line? Fleeting Books are running a competition to find a brilliant new rule for writers. Something along the lines of  "Write drunk, edit sober" (Hemingway) or "There's a word for a writer who never gives up: Published" (J A Konrath). Send in your own pearls of wisdom by 31st July for a chance to be included in a new book 'No Cheap Tricks', invites to launch dos plus £100 cash.


Sunday, 7 July 2013

Want to write romance?

Sally Quilford is running a course this autumn on writing romances. It's a one-to-one course, managed via email, and at the end of it you will have all the components of a category romance novel. If you've ever thought about trying your hand at romances, either for the pocket novel market, or for Mills and Boon or the other romance publishers, this is a great opportunity to learn the craft. Participants on the course also get a free ebook, Love Craft which I can personally vouch for (of course, I'm on its cover!!) Sally has sold countless pocket novels (at least, I've lost count) and really knows her stuff.

Full details and how to sign up, here.

Monday, 1 July 2013

Woman's Weekly Live!

I know a few people who went to this event last year and found it very inspirational. This year it's being held on 12-14th September, at EventCity, Manchester.

There are a number of fiction workshops and talks planned, led by fiction ed Gaynor Davies and authors Della Galton and Jane Wenham-Jones. Full details here. Note that you will need to book the fiction workshop places in advance, and to do that you need to book a ticket for the main event.