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Networking for Writers

August 30th, 2013

First, thanks to Tony for last week’s blog. I hate the idea of going to any event solely with the idea of networking in mind – it seems so clinical and calculating. But, if you follow Tony’s advice and try to make it into an exercise in helping other people then I’m sure you’ll find it easier and, in the long run, you’ll get more from it.

If not, at least you’ll have made a few more friends along the way – and you never know when they’ll be able to put in a good word for you!

The Borrowers

I don’t often read the ‘Metro’ newspaper on the way to work – there are too many ‘celeb’ stories for my liking and not enough hard news. But I was glancing through it the other day and noticed a small snippet on China. Apparently, a library has been created for commuters on underground trains. You can pick up a book from shelves at one station and then, when you’ve read it, you can drop it off at another. Sounds a great idea if you’re a regular commuter – perhaps someone should suggest a similar scheme for the London Underground and mainline stations around the UK.

First Novel Competition

Lightship Publishing is a Hull-based publishing company who runs competitions throughout the year including ones for short stories, poetry and flash fiction. But their Lightship First Novel Prize is now open for entries (closing date 31st January 2014). If you’ve written a literary or genre novel you can enter a 300-word synopsis and the first 10,000 words of your book. At the closing date the best five will be short-listed and the authors asked to send in the rest of the novel. So, if you are considering entering, make sure your novel is already complete. You don’t want it to turn into a mad dash to finish it – and with an entry fee of £25/£27 you need to be submitting your best work!

When the winning novel is selected it will be edited and then published by Alma Publishing who were, themselves, winners of the Independent Publishers of the Year Award 2013. For full details of how to enter, visit their website.

I mentioned last week that our own annual Poetry Competition is now open for entries and, coincidentally, my guest blogger for next week is Rex Andrews who won last year’s first prize with his wonderful poem ‘Earth’. Rex’s message is that you should never give up as a writer and retirement is certainly no excuse for resting on your laurels.


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