It’s Back!!

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I’m happy to tell you that the free download of Danger at Mellin Cove is now available again here until Friday, July 20. To those who tried to download it, but couldn’t, thank you for your patience. Please do try again. Rena xx

A free pocket novel, a romantic conference, and some scary stuff

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 I’m delighted to tell you that my Kindle book, Danger at Mellin Cove, which started life as a My Weeky Pocket Novel, is free to download here from Amazon for the next five days from Sunday July 15 – 19th. It’s the first time I’ve done this so I don’t know what to expect, but here’s a little taster to hopefully encourage you to click that mouse. “In Cornwall a dangerous world of passions and intrigue awaits Hedra St Neot …

Editing nightmares…and a wee disappointment!

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 I hate editing. I detest having to do that second draft…third…fourth, and so on. All the really creative stuff goes into the first time the words hit the page. For me, it’s when my characters come alive and the plot unfolds. Re-drafts are the crafting bits where the writer moulds and sculpts her/his work. Scenes come and go. Tired phrases are discarded, to be replaced with snappier, more inspired ones. It’s the professional part of writing that turns a good …

An Award and Another Pocket Novel

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  Editors’ decisions are like buses, you wait and wait for a number 57, and then, just when you’ve given up hope, a whole string of them turn up. This is my way of sharing my wonderful news that… I’VE SOLD ANOTHER POCKET NOVEL TO PEOPLE’S FRIEND!! I know. I can hardly believe it either. The latest one ‘Trust in Me’ will be published on December 13. Two ‘pockets’ accepted in the course of a week. Now, I’m not boasting! …

Location, Location, Location – and a new Pocket Novel

Rena George Highland Homecoming, Pocket Novels 12 Comments

Location matters…well it does to me. It’s where all my stories start. It doesn’t matter if it’s a short story, a pocket novel or a crime novel, the setting has to be right before I can plunge in any further. Once I’ve decided on the location then I have a think about the kind of people who might live there, what their lives might be like, what jobs they could do, what problems they need to solve. Obviously lots more …

How to Write 10,000 Words a Day…(I wish)

Rena George Word counts 11 Comments

 How many words can you write in a day – 2,000w, 5,000w, 10,000w? I suppose most of us are in the 1,000w to 2,000w bracket. And if you can achieve this, day in day out, then that’s not a bad result…unless, of course, there’s a way of doing better. Chrissie Loveday, a writer I really admire, revealed in a recent comment on The Pocketeers blog that she could, on a good day, achieve 5,000 words. And Sally Quilford, one of …

Murder! Mystery! and Medicals! – new My Weekly Pocket Novel Guidelines

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My Weekly Pocket Novels have taken an adventurous turn by introducing new Murder, Mystery, and Medical genres. These additions will not alter the flavour of our lovely books, says editor, Maggie Seed, which will still be thrilling quick reads, with great characters, drama and action Here are the new guidelines: Pocket novels are exciting, thrilling reads that sweep the reader away for adventures and intrigue, drama and romance! The focus is on the developing relationship between our two main characters, …

Short Story Markets

Rena George Short Story Markets 8 Comments

I’ve found a new market for my short stories – well, new to me, but I suspect many of you are already familiar with the US magazine Woman’s World. Remuneration is good if you can write to their very specific requirements. I definitely intend to have a go at it. You might want to have a look at Kate Willoughby’s blog here She reviews a story each week, breaking down the content and examining exactly why the story was chosen. She says, …

Rejections and Silver Linings

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I’d like to say I take these things in my stride, and although I’m definitely learning to deal with the disappointment a bit better, it did put the kybosh on any ‘feel good’ plans I might have had. (Any advice re dealing with rejections gratefully received) The picture opposite has nothing to do with writing. My lovely granddaughters always cheer me up! Anyway, as they say, every cloud… and all that. In my case the silver lining turned up in …

Happy Dating…

Rena George Story/Feature Ideas 2 Comments

  Every year I promise myself to be more organized with my research into national anniversaries – the more obscure the better. You see my thinking is that if I can target a short story/article around that theme it will enhance my prospects of securing a sale. And if the event isn’t all that well known then it’s even better. So I’m more than a little miffed to discover that the anniversary of the ancient Celtic Beltane Fire Festival (May …