Friday, 29 November 2013
The money is coming in quickly but there is still a lot outstanding and an incredible amount of admin for the organisers to cope with. They are doing an amazing job.
Delighted to say I won some books and a 3-chapter critique of my novel. :-)
Thursday, 28 November 2013
Feeling vaguely violated. Should have trade-marked my name. :-(
Thanks to Sam Tonge for alerting me!
Tuesday, 26 November 2013
“Why not try some romantic writing?” my lovely wife suggested. “Romance. Women love to read anything about unrequited love and passion. I could help you out …”
“I’m a married man. What do I know about romance?”
The next three weeks were spent sleeping on the couch. My back was killing me and someone had used up all the pain-killer tablets.
Thursday, 21 November 2013
Monday, 18 November 2013
Eg Viv Hampshire's offer to critique two women's magazine stories (lot 363) is still at £10. You'll normally pay a lot more than that for a single story critique, AND this money is going to charity.
Also worth looking at lot 351 which is from Jane Wenham-Jones - copies of her marvellous how-to books plus a half hour's spoken critique of your chapters or story.
Wahey, just noticed I still have the winning bid on one lot. Not going to say which in case someone sneaks in and pinches it from me!
Wednesday, 13 November 2013
Here's the link to the auction site but you might be especially interested in lot number 108 where Sam Tonge (she of the last guest post here) is offering a detailed critique of a womag story.
There are all manner of items offered, from books to full manuscript critiques from agents (high bids for this one already!) to offers to give talks in schools. Do go and take a look, and help out this very worthwhile cause.
Saturday, 9 November 2013
Thanks Sam! Best of luck with the book launch. I adore the cover, and will be buying this novel as soon as it's released tomorrow!
Doubting Abbey - the blurb
Swapping downstairs for upstairs… How hard can it be!? Look up the phrase ordinary girl and you’ll see a picture of me, Gemma Goodwin – I only look half-decent after applying the entire contents of my make-up bag, and my dating track-record includes a man who treated me to dinner…at a kebab shop. No joke! The only extraordinary thing about me is that I look EXACTLY like my BFF, Abbey Croxley. Oh, and that for reasons I can’t explain, I’ve agreed to swap identities and pretend be her to star in the TV show about her aristocratic family’s country estate, Million Dollar Mansion. So now it’s not just my tan I’m faking – it’s Kate Middleton style demure hemlines and lady-like manners too. And amongst the hundreds of fusty etiquette rules I’m trying to cram into my head, there are two I really must remember; 1) No-one can ever find out that I’m just Gemma, who’d be more at home in the servants quarters. And 2) There can be absolutely no flirting with Abbey’s dishy but buttoned-up cousin, Lord Edward. Aaargh, this is going to be harder than I thought…
Thursday, 7 November 2013
Here's the link to buy the paperback from Amazon.co.uk where it is currently selling at £5.85.
And here it is on Amazon.com for $9.25.
It's also still available as a Kindle book, and you can read more about the book, the authors and the stories in it here.
Monday, 4 November 2013
As I prepare to take over the page, I want to hear from you if you’re a women’s magazine writer who also writes for competitions.
I also want to hear from people who have any competition news, views or queries. Let me know about your competition wins, or any unusual competitions you come across. And if you’re a competition judge or organiser, I’ll do my best to list your competition if you can send details three months ahead.
If you want to get in touch you can email the competition pages at competitiveedge(at)writers-forum(dot)com
I look forward to hearing from you.
Edited - just found Writers' Forum on Facebook.