I know I haven’t been around much recently. Close readers of Write On will possibly recall that I was having a bad time with rejections, which is not good for confidence and makes for depressing blog posts. No change there, I’m afraid. However, two things I wrote before this bad spell, but which I knew would be slow coming, have finally arrived.
My article on reading during Lockdown is in the March edition of Together magazine. An enormous thank you to all who took part in my survey and provided me with my ammunition. Together is the magazine by Christian Resources Together, for Christian booksellers and publishers. It would infringe copyright for me to give a link to my report article here, but if you take Together – or if you are a member of Association of Christian Writers and have received your .PDF copy – it’s towards the back.
In addition, my story ‘The Lorry Drivers’ Book Club’ is now in Fiction Junkies. (Fiction Junkies is the successor to PennyShorts, which may ring some bells with some of you.) I am in august company: Helen Yendall (whose blog I follow), Christopher Fielden (who provides invaluable services to writers in the form of directories of ‘calls to submissions’ and competitions) and Catherine Edmunds (who I used to know from Writers’ Dock days). Members of Sudbury Writing Group may remember ‘Lorry Drivers’ Book Club’ as one of our monthly prompts before Lockdown. I wasn’t the only writer who wrote to it and I wonder if members of our group have had any luck with submissions written to this title.
Meanwhile I’ve been doing a lot of web development, mainly for Association of Christian Writers’ website, making curtains for my daughter and, in between, attempting to incorporate editor’s comments on The Novel. Although I entered a short story comp with Silver Apples yesterday, I haven’t been submitting many pieces recently. The acknowledgment I received from Silver Apples today more or less summed up how I’m feeling at the moment:
Thank you for entering our short story competition… We know how hard it can be to take another chance on a piece of work that has been turned down from somewhere else. Thank you for trusting us with it.
In addition, I’ve attended two Zoom events organised by the ACW, one on self-publishing and the second on writing historical fiction. Next week, I’ll be at a third, on writing for children. ACW has always held events, face-to-face events in venues, up until last year, but holding them on Zoom has made it so much easier for people to be join in these activities. I’m also attempting to do a bit more reading, widening my knowledge of the markets where I would like to submit. I don’t see the point of adopting a scattergun approach to submissions.
Talking of reading, I’m thinking of re-opening my reading blog, Dear Reader. Would you read it?