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Super-marketing Your Books!

February 21st, 2014

First, thanks to Juanita for last Friday’s blog. I loved the following paragraph and think it’s great advice to any aspiring writer:

“If it’s not happening for you, shift slightly sideways. If you love to write but just can’t get published, maybe you just haven’t found your genre. There are so many options – don’t give up, not if writing is truly what you want to do.”

And to prove that you don’t have to be famous to be in with a chance of winning one of the top literary prizes, a 26-year-old creative writing student, who’s never had a book published, is the youngest writer to be long-listed for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. The prize money is an eye-watering £30,000 and Anna Metcalfe, who is studying for a PhD at the University of East Anglia, is up against stiff competition. Other writers on the list include two Pulitzer prize winners, a writer once shortlisted for the Man Booker and three of Granta’s ‘best young British novelists for 2013’.

I recently received my copy of The Woman Writer (the newsletter of the Society of Women Writers and Journalists). There was a short piece by Elizabeth Wright about her local Sainsbury’s store, where she had recently done a book signing. There was no charge but they asked for a percentage of the book sales to be donated to their nominated charity. And, you don’t even need to be signing and selling a book that they actually stock!

Obviously the policy might vary from store to store and will be at the discretion of the manager, but if you are promoting your book/s and have a Sainsbury’s store near you then it’s definitely worth going along and having a chat to them.

My guest next week is Martin Read, winner of our Student of the Year 2014 competition. He’ll be giving advice on how to ensure that you have a steady stream of writing work coming your way. And keep your eye on our competitions page as we’ll shortly be announcing the winners of our 2013 Poetry Competition and opening for entries to this year’s Short Story Competition (sorry, but we can’t afford £30,000 prize money)!


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