It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas – And Another Pocket Novel!

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       This is Bridlington from the clifftop on a sparkly, frosty Yorkshire morning. I love Christmas, but it doesn’t half take its toll on the writing. There are  puddings to make, shopping to be done, decorations to put up, pantomimes to attend, menus to plan, cupboards to tidy….you get my drift? The upshot being that the writing schedule has taken a tumble. My current WIP – a pocket novel for The People’s Friend – is half written. The plan was …

People’s Friend Editors’ Interview

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  There’s an interview here with The People’s Friend features’ editor, Alex Corlett, and fiction editor, Shirley Blair. I was especially delighted to find this, as Alex was the first person I ever worked with at the ‘friend’. It was down to his patience and guidance that I got my first short story, Coming Home, published. You can read it here. Interesting to note in the interview that the magazine often plans seasonal features and stories – and has them …

Writing for Woman’s Weekly

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 Why doesn’t Woman’s Weekly like me? I’ve done my market research, and analysed the magazine’s content to within an inch of its life. I’ve studied the short stories – first and third person, characters, motivation, plots – and written up my short fiction every which way. Yet I still have enough rejection letters from WW to paper my front room. (I exaggerated that bit, but there’s a LOT of letters) The latest arrived this week for a story I sent …

The Birth of a New Pocket Novel

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 I’ve just started a new People’s Friend pocket novel. I love this early part of the process, where you wander through a make-believe world of your own creation watching the characters come to life. It’s here, where the settings grow vibrant and the developing plot going on in your head makes you tingle with excitement, that every new novel is born…well conceived at least, for it has a long way to go before it’s ready to show its face to …

The People’s Friend Pocket Novels

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 I’m absolutely delighted to share my news that my People’s Friend Pocket Novel, Another Chance is now in the shops.   And here it is … I’m especially pleased that it’s been published in the same week as the magazine launched it’s new revamped look. There are 16 extra pages, which means more space for features and fiction. The magazine guarantees to publish seven short stories – two more than before – and the usual two serials every week. There’s a …

Pocket Novels and Light Bulb Moments!

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While driving to York the other day to meet a friend for lunch in our favourite restaurant, I had a light bulb moment. But I’m not sure I’m happy about it. You see, what came to me in this blinding flash was the realisation that the My Weekly Pocket Novel I have just finished is actually TWO pocket novels. I was aiming for a psychological thriller for one of MW’s new Easy Read genres. That bit seemed OK. All the …

Cash From Letters and Fillers

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In these times of ever decreasing markets for the short story writer it’s definitely worth having a look at the magazines’ letters and fillers pages. OK, so there will be those out there who don’t consider it ‘proper writing’ (whatever that is) Writing is writing, and some of these letters are really creative. It also gives you the chance to get your camera out. In most cases a photo to illustrate a letter or tip can double the payment. And …

Will Crime Pay? I’m Hoping So.

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 I love crime novels. I love even more that the new look My Weekly Pocket Novels will include a thrilling Intrigue genre that’s right up my street. So, inspired by that, I’ve been busy putting the finishing touches to my submission. Death Tide in Cornwall, features enigmatic Detective Inspector Sam Kitto and amateur sleuth magazine editor, Loveday Ross, who don’t always see eye to eye. These two characters already feature in a long short story Captured in Cornwall, which is …

All Change at My Weekly Pocket Novels

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  Brilliant news over at My Weekly Pocket Novels! A new four-a-month Easy Read brand is to be lauched in October, boosting opportunities for more sales. Here they are: Caress What: Sweet romance, thrilling emotional drama Who: Active, attractive, gorgeous heroes; attractive, feisty, unique heroines When: Modern settings and dilemmas; also historical romance How: Get our couple together dealing with an issue they hold dear, and see the sparks fly Remember: Passion not pornography! Liason What: Thrilling, contemporary reads, for …

A Thousand Free Downloads and a Sense of Place

Rena George My Kindles, Pocket Novels, Story/Feature Ideas, Uncategorized 4 Comments

Well almost 1,000! It was actually a colossal 989 who supported my recent Danger in Mellin Cove kindle promotion. And I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone, particularly all the lovely people (you now who you are) who tweeted and retweeted it. Keeping fingers crossed now that some of you will find the time to review it. I was so made up at this success that I kindled another little book, Captured in Cornwall. It’s actually an …