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New Course from Writers Bureau on marketing your book successfully!

May 21st, 2010

Hi!

First, thanks to Lorraine for last week’s blog. She’s currently writing a course for The Writers Bureau on the best way to promote and sell your book. As you’d expect from Lorraine, the tone is light and humorous but it’s still packed with useful information – I’ll let you know as soon as it’s available.

The weekend in Yorkshire was great and the Himalayan Garden near Grewelthorpe was well worth a visit. I’ve included my picture of Meconopsis betonicifolia (Himalayan blue poppy to you and me) – the only photo I managed to take before my camera batteries died. And yes, you’ve guessed it, when I put the spares in they were flat too!

Spring Flower

So back to work, and as our own writing competition is in full swing I tend to keep my eye on what is going on elsewhere. Last week I noticed the Guardian Weekend short story competition where you can win the chance to have your story published in the Guardian Weekend’s annual summer fiction issue in August.

They are looking for stories up to 2000 words in length on a summer theme and entries have to be in by 18th June. The best story will be published in the magazine and five runners-up will appear on Guardian Books I’m sure the competition will be fierce, but entry is free and the kudos of winning will be immense. Check out the earlier link for full details and rules of entry.

As I mentioned, the maximum length for this, like ours, is 2000 words. But I’ve noticed an increasing number of competitions for ‘flash’ fiction – anything from 50 to 250 words. Is it something to do with our increasingly busy lives or just a reduction in attention span? At first glance it might seem easier than sitting down and wiring 2-3000 words, but that’s not always the case. You’ve got to be pretty good to write something that really has meaning and grips the reader in so few words. It needs a great deal of thought and polishing to carry it off successfully. Give me a more traditional length any day!

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