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Five Motivational Quotes

July 23rd, 2021

I’m sure that like me, over the past 18 months you’ve been dependent on library apps and Amazon Kindle for your reading matter. (After lengthy closure during the early months of the pandemic, my local library is still being used as a vaccination centre.) So I just thought I’d mention the Kindle Storyteller Award 2021. It’s a £20,000 literary prize recognising outstanding writing and is open to writers publishing in English in any genre, who publish their work through Kindle Direct Publishing. Readers play a significant role in selecting the winner, helped by a panel of judges including various book industry experts. It’s open for entries until 31st August 2021.

I know that some of you might find the thought of publishing your book with Kindle Direct Publishing daunting, but if you have a book ready to hit the shelves and no publisher or agent in sight then it’s definitely worth considering this option. I’ve not done it myself but I have been told by various students that KDP simplifies the process as much as possible and that it’s not beyond the know-how of anyone who’s reasonably confident in their IT skills (or has an obliging friend or grandchild to help them). So with such a generous prize on offer at the moment, maybe now is the time to give it a try.

Because I feel we all need a bit of encouragement from time to time I’m going to give you five of my favourite quotes from well-known authors. I hope you find them enlightening!

“You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page” (Jodi Picoult)

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” (Toni Morrison)

“Tell the readers a story! Because without a story, you are merely using words to prove you can string them together in logical sentences.” (Anne McCaffrey)  Please take note of this as we get so many short story competition entries each year where the author writes beautifully but they don’t make the shortlist because there’s no real ‘story’.

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” (Stephen King)

And finally:

“Write your first draft with your heart. Rewrite with your head.” (Mike Rich)

Before I leave you this week, I want to remind you about our Poetry Competition as it will soon be the closing date for entries – 31st July. There are three prizes of £300, £200 and £100 and each winner also receives a Writers Bureau course of their choice worth up to £444! Your poem can be up to 40 lines and on any theme.  The entry fee is £5.00 per poem (or £4.00 if you are a member of the Association of Freelance Writers).

My guest next week is Simon Whaley who has just published a ‘Cosy Crime’ novel Blooming Murder. Until I’d seen Richard Osman’s novel, The Thursday Murder Club, referred to as ‘cosy crime’ I’d never heard of the genre, but Simon will be explaining all about it and what sets it apart from mainstream crime books.

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