Public Lending Right Petition

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 The future of an important source of income for writers is in danger. The Public Lending Right scheme collects money from public libraries for each loan of a book. Authors who register receive a few pence per loan in a lump sum, annually.  This is not a ‘hand-out’.  The Public Lending Right Act was set up by the government over thirty years ago to establish a more fair system of remuneration for writers whose books are borrowed from public libraries. …

Short Story Markets

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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 …

A Bit of Spit and Polish

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Every Saturday morning between 6.30 and 8am I indulge my Scottishness by listening to the marvellous ‘Out of Doors’ programme on Radio Scotland. It’s basically a celebration of all the outdoorsy things people can do in the countryside, mountains, the Highlands and Islands, and around the rugged coastline. One of my favourite places – The mountains of Skye from Redpoint The producers are currently running a feature encouraging listeners to send in memories of their favourite places and this week …

The Long Wait

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     I was going to tell you about the wonderful week that himself and I have just had in the Scottish Highlands, hence the picture of lovely Inverness       It was my intention to describe the fabulous sunny weather, the spectacular mountain scenery, the Clootie Well, where sick people tie strips of their clothing (cloots) to the surrounding trees in the hope that the place’s mystical powers will restore their health. (That will be a future post)    …

Happy Dating…

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  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 …

My First Post

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Welcome to my blog. I probably couldn’t have picked a better time to launch it. I’ve just received my complimentary copies of the Ulverscroft Large Print paperback edition of my pocket novel, Danger at Mellin Cove, and couldn’t be more excited. Now don’t laugh, but I’ve kindled it. It was the most complicated thing I’ve ever done. Well, it wasn’t actually, for Amazon’s self publishing section holds your hand and takes you through the process, literally step by step. But …