And Now For The Good News…

Rena George Crime Fiction, Pocket Novels, Short Story Markets, The People's Friend 2 Comments

I have news, and I can’t wait to share it. The Large Print publishers, Ulverscroft, have just accepted my crime novel, A Cornish Revenge, for publication in their Linford Mystery imprint. Several of my books have previously been taken up by this lovely publisher, but this is the first one that didn’t start life as a pocket novel. It’s also the first that is not a romance. My previous Large Print novel, Another Chance, which was only published on August …

A Free Cornish Romance

Rena George Cornwall, Crime Fiction, Short Story Markets 8 Comments

* Free Romantic Novel! I’m delighted to tell you that my first published Pocket Novel ‘ Danger at Mellin Cove’ continues to be a pleasing seller on Amazon’s kindle site. It also gives me a buzz when I look for the large print edition in my local library and find it’s out on loan. So if you fancy curling up this weekend with big handsome Cornish fisherman, Jem Pentreath, and sharing his romantic adventures in 18th century Cornwall with feisty …

What’s in a Review?

Rena George Cornwall, Crime Fiction, Pocket Novels, Reviews 8 Comments

This week I became an Amazon best seller!! (Hooray!!  – jump up and down and toss bonnet in the air!) My Loveday Ross Cornish Mystery Series collection reached 39 in the top 100 Fiction / Drama category, earlier this week, with an overall best selling ranking of 15,168. I can’t believe it. However…despite the welcome sales, the only review I currently have for this collection is from an American reader on the Amazon.com site. He gave it a 4 Star …

Wicked Autumn Review

Rena George Cosy Crime, Crime Fiction, Reviews 4 Comments

I was recently delighted to have been invited by the prestigious, independent publishers, Constable & Robinson, to join their list of review bloggers. This is my first review for them.   Wicked Autumn by G.M. Malliett.   Take the quintessentially English village of Nether Monkslip, add a charismatic young vicar, fresh from the shady world of MI5, and mix well with the horrid, domineering woman who rules the community and leads the Women’s Institute. And hey presto! – A cosy …

Writing Short Stories

Rena George Christmas Stories, Crime Fiction, Stories 6 Comments

I did something this weekend that I haven’t done in years. I wrote a short story. All you fabulous writers out there who do this all the time will be muttering ‘So what?’ But I’d forgotten how difficult it is. I don’t mean getting one published, which can be something akin to a miracle in these difficult times when so many of the popular women’s mags have dropped their fiction pages. No, I’m talking about coming up with a great …

Writing Pocket Novels

Rena George Pocket Novels 2 Comments

I should have called this post Letting Go, or rather, Not Letting Go! I ‘m usually fairly good at taking advice, particularly when it comes from someone whose opinion I respect. So I don’t know what it is about this particular little pocket novel, but I’m having a tough time giving up on it. ‘Through the Eyes of Love’ started life more than two years ago. I struggled with it because the plot was quite complicated … complicated?  Now that …

A Free Highland Romance and a Pocket Novel Edit

Rena George Editing your work, My Kindles, Pocket Novels 8 Comments

I’ve just completed my latest People’s Friend (I hope) pocket novel. There’s at least a week of revisions and editing to do, but I’m still feeling euphoric. And amazingly…I’m actually looking forward to the edit. To celebrate, I’m inviting everyone interested to help themselves to a free download of my Scottish romance, Highland Heart here for three days – Friday 15th, Saturday 16th, and Sunday 17th February. Usually when I get to this point in a novella I’m all written …

Writing Serials

Rena George Pocket Novels, Serials 4 Comments

I’m just stopping by quickly to point you in the direction of The Pocketeers blog, where the lovely Cara Cooper is discussing her experience of writing a serial for The People’s Friend. I’ve always wanted to write serials, but having had a few knock backs from Woman’s Weekly I’d put the idea on the back burner. Cara’s fired up my enthusiasm again. Pop over and read what she has to say. You won’t be sorry. And if you decide to …

Writing Short Stories

Rena George My Kindles, Pocket Novels, Short Story Markets 4 Comments

  This is the breathtakingly beautiful Loch Lomond – just to cheer us all up on these dreary February days. When I first started writing women’s fiction a few years ago I began, as many writers do, with short stories for magazines. I was lucky enough to be published in Take a Break, The People’s Friend, Woman’s Weekly, The Weekly News, and others. But I still struggled. Creating a complete and marketable story with a believable plot and characters that …

What Publishers Pay

Rena George Publishers Payments 4 Comments

Finding a publisher for that first book is never easy. After all the angst of previous rejections, and the eternal wait for yet another editor’s response, the final confirmation that somebody wants to publish your book can be euphoric. Congratulations! …But, hang on a minute. You’ve spent a year or more writing, re-writing and editing your manuscript. You still had to do that full-time job and work into the wee small hours to get the novel finished. You so deserve …