As usual, I’d like to thank Simon for last week’s blog. The advice given is really worth taking. If you’ve got an interest, or a hobby, then why not start out small and try writing articles about it for magazines and websites. Not a huge project – something you can fit in around your other work. But there will come a time when you can look back at what you’ve written and you may realise that there’s enough accumulated knowledge to actually make the basics for a book.
Obviously it would be great if you could get a publisher interested in this. It would be even better if they were willing to give you an advance and ensure that there was plenty of publicity after publication, but these days perhaps that’s expecting too much! The other – and increasing popular – way forward is self-publishing. If you are interested in going down this route then an ideal opportunity to find out more about it is at The 5th Self-Publishing Conference. It’s being held on Saturday 22nd April from 9am to 6pm at the University of Leicester. The registration fee is £65 per person and this includes a delegate’s pack, morning coffee, buffet lunch, afternoon tea, a drinks reception and a choice from more than 16 sessions on different aspects of self-publishing. To me, that sounds great value for money!
Sessions will include copyright, audio books, cover design, marketing to retailers and media, the author’s ‘digital profile’ and much more. Full details are available on their website.
As you know, our Short Story Competition officially closed last Friday, so until we get out next comp up and running (limericks – something I always enjoy judging) we thought you might be interested in the International Bath Short Story Award which closes for entries on Monday, May 1st at midnight.
There is a £1000 first prize, £200 second prize, £100 third prize, £50 for the local prize in vouchers – donated by Mr B’s Emporium of Books, Bath. Plus £50 for the Acorn Award for an unpublished writer. The entry fee is £8, the word limit is 2200 and the winning and short-listed stories will be published in their yearly anthology.
My guest next week is Douglas Bruton who won third prize in our last flash fiction competition. He’s got an interesting story to tell about doing research – it really highlights the fact that you should never be afraid to approach the experts if you need facts for your writing.
Author: Diana Nadin
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