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Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

May 25th, 2018

“Sometimes you just have to put your money where your mouth is.” This is what best-selling writer Jo Jo Moyles said in her interview with the Guardian when she was talking about the funding she is providing for Quick Reads. For those of you who don’t know, Quick Reads publishes a series of short, simple books that might appeal to the one in six adults in the UK with reading difficulties. The scheme, established in 2006, is designed to encourage reading and hopefully give slow readers more confidence and help them to move on to full-length books.

I think it’s a brilliant scheme, but there have been funding difficulties and the threat of closure has been hanging over it. When she heard this, the author offered to provide resources to keep it going for three years, providing a lifeline which would give it the opportunity to work on finding additional funding. When you can read fluently, you tend to take it for granted. Nothing beats the pleasure of a good book;  it’s easy to find information when you need it and understanding and filling in forms isn’t a serious problems. But, if your reading isn’t fluent then you’re missing out on so much and life is far less smooth. So, Quick Reads can now start commissioning new books again and I wish them well! This is definitely one organisation that deserves a helping hand.

I’ve just spotted the Cinammon Press Annual Debut Fiction Prize for novels, novellas and short story collections. It caught my eye because of the prize, which is one year’s free mentoring or (if you’ve already had mentoring from them) 100 copies of your novel/collection of stories plus a publishing contract. That’s quite a tempting prize; so if you’re interested, have a look at their website for the full rules of entry – the closing date is not till 31st July.

Here at Writers Bureau we’ve been looking into the subject of mentoring and the inspiration this can provide for writers. Working with a mentor can increase your confidence and move your writing to a whole new level. And because of that we’ve introduced our own mentoring scheme that you might be interested in.

Our programme pairs you with a writer who has a proven track record in the genre you want to work in. It combines written comment and face-to-face meetings via video link, or in person, to discuss your work and progress. Plus, you can discuss your plans for publication and promotion of your writing, if you wish. The aim is for your mentor to help you find your individual voice and encourage you to try new approaches.

It’s not an easy process and you shouldn’t even consider undertaking it if there are time-consuming or stressful events going on in your life at the moment. Nor is it for beginners. But it does provide an opportunity for you to really concentrate on yourself and your writing in a very personal way. That’s why we call it Writers Bureau One-to-One. If you want more details just check out the previous link or give us a call.

And finally… the winners of the 2018 Short Story Competition have now been announced. You can find them here and I hope you’ll enjoy reading the stories. Congratulations to the winner, Jason, and the runners up Lynne, Michela and Gillan.

Author: Diana Nadin



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