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First Impressions Critique Service & The Writers’ Coffee Shop

Firstly, I’ve had some extremely positive feedback from Dorinda Cass on her short story critique, which I supplied as a prize a week ago on this blog.

She told me, “Your critique was helpful and insightful. I have no qualms in recommending your critique service to others.”

Therefore I am pleased to announce that the First Impressions Critique Service is now open for business.

The cost is £10.00 for a critique of a story or piece of non-fiction up to 2,000 words in length. Full details of what’s included can be found on my First Impressions Critique Service page. Why not pop over and have a look?

Secondly, The Writer’s Coffee Shop is currently open for submissions. This is an independent publisher based in New South Wales in Australia and it is also the publisher that first released Fifty Shades of Grey as e-books and print-on-demand paperbacks. I thought that EL James had initially self-published the e-books but according to her website, this was not the case.

The Writer’s Coffee Shop is currently looking for stories between 20,000 and 30,000 words (a good stepping stone from short story to novel?). The stories must fall into the genres of either romance or erotica. Stories can be emailed and full details are here.

Finally, I’ve had a couple of nice surprises in the past week. I was shortlisted in the Writers’ News ‘Pride and Prejudice’ Short Story Competition – I was pleased about this since I’d gone to the trouble of reading the book (for the first time) especially so that I could enter the competition.

And today I heard that I’d won a £25 Tesco gift card for leaving a comment on Hire Bloggers Facebook page. Hire Bloggers is a new undertaking that aims to match bloggers to businesses for paid work. Wouldn’t it be nice to earn money from blogging?

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Sister by Rosamund Lupton (plus critique winner!)

If you’re looking for a page-turner of a book, can I recommend Sister by Rosamund Lupton? Sister by Rosamund Lupton

It’s a psychological thriller with an unusual structure and an absolutely un-guessable ending – the sort of ending that made me want to go back to the beginning of the book and check that I hadn’t missed any obvious clues.

The story in a nutshell:

Beatrice’s younger sister, Tess, goes missing. The two of them have been incredibly close since childhood and Beatrice abandons her job in the U.S. to fly home to England to find out what has happened to her sister. The police make assumptions without proper investigation and close the case too quickly for Beatrice’s liking. But she carries on delving into her sister’s life, discovering things that she never knew and, finally, stumbling on something terrible.

There is one of those ‘Author Q and A’ sections at the end of the book and part of it deals with how Lupton developed her realistic characters. She says, “Before the last draft, I changed the central characters’ names and then read it again, as if meeting them for the first time to see if they seemed real.”

Sounds like a good tip for all of us!

And talking of tips, I hope I’m going to be able to give some to Dorinda Cass, the winner in my draw for a free critique. Dorinda lives in North Yorkshire and has a degree in Creative Writing. She is currently two-thirds of the way through a novel (well done, Dorinda!) and enjoys short story writing as well. Dorinda will be acting as a ‘guinea-pig’ for my planned critique service.

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