Look! It’s Me – Up On Alfie Dog

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Happy Thursday Everyone Just dropping by quickly to say how delighted I am to have been chosen by Alfie Dog as the current featured author. Here’s the link if you’re interested in having a look. If you are not familiar with Alfie Dog, please do check it out. It’s a lovely site where short story writers can put their work up for sale – and lovers of short stories can purchase them. Now if I was really organised I would …

And Now For The Good News…

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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

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* 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 …

Writing Short Stories

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  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 …

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 …

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, …