May 22nd, 2015
Living in France can sound like a dream come true to Francophiles living in the UK, but when you’re a budding writer it can sometimes feel like you’re living in exile.
How I envy those bloggers who wax lyrical about their writing groups and litfests, not to mention book signings. When my French friends show an interest in my writing very few are able to read it let alone provide a critique.
The current trend for Indie publishing is also out of my grasp as I can hardly nip over the channel in my spare time to actively promote my book in local bookshops. Looking for an agent is just as difficult as it would be if I were back in Blighty, but at least comprehensive lists can be found on the internet.
Speaking of the world wide web, this is my lifeline, it keeps me abreast of changes in the publishing world and allows me to pester my faithful readers back home with dozens of rewrites! Even finding an editor for my first full length manuscript proved a simple task, again with the help of my trusty laptop, and whilst the editing process taught me a lot, I can’t help thinking it would have been so much more fulfilling to learn this face to face or in a writer’s circle. Writing is by definition a solitary pursuit, but how I crave the contact with like-minded souls! Read the rest of this entry »
May 18th, 2015
Right, now, I’m not getting fixated or anything, but last week I blogged about magazine articles and, here I am again, blogging about … magazine articles. Y’see, I’ve got these ideas – all good, publishable, and I’ve got my editorial calendar sorted, but the thing I’m not sure about is how to approach an editor. So I’ve been looking back through the E-Zee Writer archive to get some advice and, as usual, it’s come up trumps. Back in June 2009, Simon Whaley wrote a piece called Perfect Pitches, all about making a good impression and striking deals with editors, and it’s proving to be a great help. Read the rest of this entry »
May 15th, 2015
As usual, thanks to Esther – I hope you’ll decide to enter her competition.
While we’re on the subject of the ‘C’ word, our own Limerick competition has now come to an end. I’ve been sifting through the entries and I couldn’t help but chuckle at some of them. I’ve got a very bad habit of doing this kind of task in bed – much to my husband’s consternation. Last week he had to resort to ear-plugs because I kept reading the good ones aloud to him. And they say romance is dead! Read the rest of this entry »
May 11th, 2015
I’m branching out. As well as blogs, songs and stories, I’m going to start writing articles. I know I can do it, and I certainly need the money. So I’m getting organised – ready to work.
First job is setting up my own editorial calendar. And how do you do that? Well, scooting around the internet I found a great series of ‘How To’ articles at Lorelle on WordPress. They’re aimed mainly at bloggers, but I’ve found their tips useful for all sorts of writing jobs. Amongst other things, they pointed me toward a website called timeanddate.com where I’ve customized a calendar covering the whole of the next eighteen months. Telling it where I live, it’s included all my local state and religious holidays, so I now have everything from Pancake Day to Diwali on a massive one page per month wall-hanging that’s going to be the foundation of my article writing campaign. Read the rest of this entry »
May 8th, 2015
I’ve always been competition crazy – well, for short story competitions anyway. I entered one in my teens and was fortunate enough to win, but it took years before I had my next award. Yet, there’s that something special about them and this compelled me to keep writing and to keep entering. So, exactly what is the attraction of writing competitions and are they worth entering?
Writing competitions are great fun to enter. They offer more scope for experimentation and in many cases, you don’t have to stick to the boundaries enforced by writing for particular markets such as the women’s weeklies. Read the rest of this entry »