I’ve three lots of e-reading to tell you about today (plus a novel-writing workshop) so get your Kindles, tablets, smartphones and other gadgets at the ready …
Firstly, Wendy Clarke has launched her first collection of short stories.
Wendy is a prolific and successful women’s magazine fiction writer. She’s had around 90 stories published over the last three years – phenomenal!
Her collection, Room in Your Heart, comprises twelve romantic short stories that have previously appeared in People’s Friend. It’s worth taking a look if you’d like to write for People’s Friend or if you just love a good dose of romance!
The book is available on Amazon and I’m sure Wendy won’t mind you gate-crashing the launch party over on her blog – pop in and say hello (and see what she has to say about Kindle Direct Publishing for Absolute Beginners).
Secondly, the e-magazine for fiction lovers, Kishboo has now formally launched.
It is available free online or as an Android app and very cheaply for Kindle.
The magazine is running a short story competition and is also looking for articles and readers’ letters. Have a look at the first edition online and see if you can spot any familiar names among the contributors.
Thirdly, you may remember me talking about Judith Cutler’s new crime novel Death in Elysium a few months ago.
At the time it was only available in a rather expensive hardback edition but now it’s out as a not-quite-so-expensive e-book. It’s the first in a new series of crime novels featuring city girl/vicar’s wife/sleuth, Jodie Welsh. Take a look at it on Amazon.
And now the workshop:
Romantic novelist, Alison May, is running a ‘Developing Your Novel’ workshop on Sunday 15th November at The Hive in Worcester. It costs a reasonable £40 which includes lunch and refreshments. It is aimed at people who already have a novel-in-progress (at any stage). It will include intensive sessions on plot structure and characterisation, and will also look at skills such as writing a synopsis and editing and revising your novel. Full details on Alison’s website.
Phew, I’m exhausted after telling you all that lot. Time to curl up with a good book …
#1 by shirley stow on October 28, 2014 - 8:16 am
I love your informative and inspiring blogs, sally. Some writing editor should snap you up. Your enthusiasm is infectious.
#2 by Sally Jenkins on October 28, 2014 - 10:03 am
Thanks for the kind words, Shirley.
#3 by susanjanejoness on October 28, 2014 - 11:55 am
All good things here, Sally. I see you have an article in Kishboo as well. My story is on the list of ten, and hope anyone who reads it clicks on like….
http://www.kishboo.co.uk/issue_1/story_1.php… Well worth a go at entering for such a reasonable entry fee.
Now I need to sort my kindle out. Thanks for the links.
#4 by Sally Jenkins on October 28, 2014 - 12:14 pm
Good Luck with that story, Susan!
#5 by susanjanejoness on October 28, 2014 - 4:10 pm
#6 by Linda on October 28, 2014 - 5:37 pm
Oh dear, I want to read them all but I’m madly rushing around trying to cross things off my to do list before I start NaNoWriMo. Perhaps in December …?
#7 by Sally Jenkins on October 28, 2014 - 5:42 pm
I know that feeling so well, Linda. So many books, so little time …
#8 by Wendy Clarke on October 28, 2014 - 7:02 pm
Thank you for mentioning my new romance collection, Sally. Your KDP book was so useful when putting it together and made it so much easier.
#9 by Sally Jenkins on October 30, 2014 - 1:16 pm
Thanks for the vote of confidence in Kindle Direct Publishing for Absolute Beginners, Wendy. And I hope ‘Room in Your heart’ sells well.
#10 by Nicola on October 28, 2014 - 8:52 pm
It’s so nice when writers promote fellow writers. I’ve already read half of Wendy Clarke’s Room in your Heart. I do hope the second compilation comes out soon. No pressure 🙂
#11 by Sally Jenkins on October 30, 2014 - 1:17 pm
I agree, Nicola. It’s great when we can all help each other. And I’m sure Wendy’s next collection won’t be long – she’s got scores of stories to choose from!
#12 by Patsy on October 29, 2014 - 10:01 am
It’s definitely staying in and reading weather today.
#13 by Sally Jenkins on October 30, 2014 - 1:18 pm
Yes, the night’s are drawing in, patsy and it’s time to batten down the hatches!