Wednesday 24 November 2021

Thanks, maybe, yes, no and please.

Womag news

Several people have asked about the rejection policy with Seven Days, magazine, so I asked Siobhan. Her (very swift) reply was – "I’m not sending out rejection responses so 2 months / 60 days would be the cut-off for assuming and sending elsewhere." She added "the fiction content has now increased – which can only be good news." 

Thanks, Siobhan. It's so much better to know where we stand within a reasonable period of time than to wait and wait and wait and still be left wondering.

Free entry competition news

For this competition from On The Premises, you're asked for 25-50 words on holiday stress. The first prize is $35. I'm very tempted to have a go at that one.

Thanks to Alan Barker for letting me know about this crime writing competition. Stories can be up to 2,000 words and the top prize is £1,000 plus some nice whisky glasses. I'm definitely entering that!

Here's what seems to me to be an odd poetry competition. Entries are to be inspired by something within the TV show Twin Peaks, which I've never seen so it makes no sense to me. Possibly American spellings, such as 'donut' will help. Still, as with all the competitions I feature, it's free, they seem to like a bit of alliteration, you can have up to three goes and there's a £75 prize. I'll probably give it a miss, but if I do enter I'll craft couplets concerning my curious compulsion for chocolate cake.

A request from me

My romantic murder mystery Acting Like A Killer is officially released on Sunday (it can be ordered now). Anything you can do to help support it will be very welcome. 

That support includes, but isn't limited to, buying a copy of the ebook or paperback*, asking your library to stock it, or borrowing through kindle unlimited. If you do read and enjoy it, a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads would be wonderful.

Also sharing tweets and posts or otherwise letting people know the book exists will be very much appreciated.

*books make excellent and easy to wrap gifts ;-)


ados123 said...

Thanks for the information on SevenDays, Patsy. Good to know where we stand with stories and two months is a faster turn around than many mags. Thanks also for the competitions. I've already sent and entry to On The Premises. I love their short comps.
Good luck with your book release. A romantic murder mystery sounds intriguing!

Liz said...

That crime fiction comp sounds good.

Good luck with your book, Patsy.

Sheelagh said...

Thanks Patsy, that is great information as always. I agree that it is good to know in a short time frame if your submission to SevenDays has been successful or not. Re your book launch I must get back on to my local library who promised to source some of your books for me, I really enjoyed your slight spooky tales over Halloween weekend. I might try my hand at some of the competitions too, its good discipline if nothing else to write a story in less than 50 words

Sheelagh said...

Just ordered Acting Like A Killer for delivery to Kindle on 28th (in case the library take too long), looking forward to reading that.

Marguerite said...

I'm looking forward to your book, Patsy :) Yes, good to hear about the short turnaround for SevenDays. Always good to know where you stand. Thank you again for the competitions.

Rajani Rehana said...

Super blog

Unknown said...

Agree - good to have that info from Seven Days, and also to know that they have such a short turnaround time. Thanks.

Geraldine Ryan said...

Patsy what's your Twitter name? Happy to post a link to your new book.

Patsy said...

@ Alyson – Thank you.

Yes, two months is pretty good.

@ Liz – I suspect they'll be a lot of entries for that one – still, somebody has to win.

@ Sheelagh – Thank you for your efforts to get my books into your library. And for ordering the ebook.

@ Marguerite – I hate not knowing and having to keep asking. A rejection sometimes seems preferable.

@ Rajani – You're right, it is. ;-)

@ Unknown – Yes, it's helpful.

@ Geraldine – Thank you. I'm aPatsyCollins and @Womagwriter