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World Book Night 2013

March 15th, 2013

First, my thanks to Sally Jenkins for last week’s blog.  It contained some really useful advice as people definitely do judge a book by its cover – whether it’s an e-book or the printed version. This was brought home to me when I was looking at the World Book Night website.  There are pictures of all 20 titles that have been selected and it was interesting to compare them.  If you’re in the process of trying to put together a cover for your book, go and have a look as it might prompt some ideas.

This year, World Book Night is being held on 23rd April and for those not familiar with the concept it involves thousands of volunteers each giving specially chosen and printed books to people in their communities who might not normally read. In addition half a million books are given directly to the hardest to reach potential readers in prisons, care homes, hospitals, sheltered housing and to the homeless. The aim is to light that spark that will get people reading and enjoying books!  If you’re curious about the books that have been chosen, then check out the website.

A fortnight ago I mentioned that we would be choosing the winner of the ‘love poem in ten lines’ competition the following day.  As it’s only short, I’ll share it with you, because I think it’s beautifully crafter.  I hope the winner, Sherri Turner, gets a great deal of enjoyment from the Art of Writing Poetry course which was her prize.

Picnics

You feed me strawberries, pink as lips,

and pour champagne into glasses etched with roses.

You stroke my suntanned legs, stretched out on cashmere,

and brush wind-blown leaves from my bare feet.

And I remember a tartan rug, grained with dirt from a Cortina boot,

eating egg sandwiches and Mars bars

and licking melted chocolate straight off the wrapper,

our sticky fingers kissed with cocoa.

And that was love and this is love

and when only crumbs are left that, too, will be love.

This month, you can win our Effective Time Management course – but you’ll only stand a chance if you send us your tips on how you make time to fit more writing into your busy life.

Finally, don’t forget that our 2013 Short Story Competition is now accepting entries – top prize is £500 and there are runners up of £300, £200 and £100. The entry fee is £5 or £4 for subscribers to Freelance Market News.

My guest next week is Angela Kecojevic, one of the runners up in our Writer of the Year Award, who will be talking about the benefits of being a member of a creative writing group – in her case, The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

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