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Giving Your Readers That Little Extra ‘Something’

May 26th, 2017

First, thanks to Pam Fish for last week’s blog. I haven’t been the NAWGFest for a while but when I did attend, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was on my own, but did know one or two of the people giving presentations as they were WB tutors. What struck me most, though, was how friendly and welcoming everyone was. So, if you want to attend, but you’re travelling solo, don’t worry that you’ll spend the weekend feeling lonely. I can promise – you won’t!

I was listening to an interview with the author, Michel Faber, recently. He’s the author of The Crimson Petal and the White (a fantastic, noirish book that was made into a TV series); Under the Skin (made into a film) and his latest novel The Book of Strange New Things, which I’ve just started reading. But in the interview he was reading from his latest project Undying: a Love Story – a collection of poems which he wrote while he was coming to terms with the death of his wife from cancer.

He said that he’d originally written them with no real intention of publication. But when he attends literary festivals or book readings he always tries to share something with his audience that they can’t buy – as a thank you for turning up. So, he read some of his poems and they struck a chord with so many people that he decided to publish them.

What a brilliant idea! I don’t know about you, but I get quite annoyed when I go to see an author and they take up most of the time reading chunks from their best-known novels. If you like their work enough to go to the event, you’ve probably already read their books – so this seems at best boring, and at worst a sloppy filler.

Moving on, the 11th Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is now open for entries. Prizes include: £1000 each for the poetry and short fiction winners; publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual for 60 finalists; consultation with Redhammer Management (short fiction winner); full membership to The Poetry Society (poetry winner); a selection of Bloodaxe and Vintage books plus a year’s subscription to Granta.

Short Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words. Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines. And surprisingly, works previously published are accepted. The deadline for submissions is 31 August 2017, so you’ve still plenty of time to enter.

Finally, here at Writers Bureau, we have £25 off any course of your choice if you enrol by Sunday, 28th May. That in itself is a good saving, but I also want to alert you to the fact that all our courses will be going up from 1st June by £20. So, if you’ve been dithering about whether to enrol, get on with it. You really don’t want to pay more than you need to!

My guest next week is Sarah Plater, winner of our Writer of the Year 2017 award, who will be explaining how to successfully pay for the publication of your book upfront by using crowdfunding.

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