Writing Magazine

Writing Magazine October 2020

The saying goes that “everyone has a story in them” and it’s the mission of Writing Magazine to help you get yours out. Brought to you by real experts who know what it takes to improve your writing or get published, this monthly magazine is a must-have for all writers. Whether you write fiction, poetry, drama, children’s books, non-fiction or anything else, each issue features tips, practical exercises and real-life advice, that will not only help you get all that creativity onto the paper but also, get your name and profile out into the industry. With writing masterclasses from professionals, industry news, events listings, competitions where you can submit your work for fantastic prizes and real paid writing opportunities, Writing Magazine has everything you need to hone and improve your talents.

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1 Min
dear reader

Plans to shift production to Writing Magazine HQ didn’t quite pan out this month, with many of us based in areas that have retightened lockdown restrictions. But despite the uncertainty, there has been a silver lining – staying as we were has allowed us to plough all our energies into this bumper issue, always one of the biggest and most important of the year. In addition to the competition supplement, this issue also marks the launch of our massively popular Picture Book Prize competition and we’re thrilled to be able to highlight one of its early successes, Sophie Kirtley (p26), whose debut novel has just been published and is going down very well with younger members of the WM editorial tribe, and even more successful winners on p56. Proof, if…

5 Min
the world of writing

SELL BOOKS BEFORE YOU PUBLISH THEM Sharmaine Lovegrove, who worked for two decades as a bookseller before becoming the publisher at Dialogue Books, says that her party trick is to provide a ten-book reading list by knowing three books a person loves and two they hate. In ‘You must spend a year in a bookshop before you get a job in publishing’, her contribution to the Guardian series 21 brilliant ideas to remake the world, Sharmaine puts the case that it would transform the books that are published and the stories that are told. ‘I’ve long been shocked at the disconnect between publishers and bookshops,’ she writes. ‘The industry’s sole aim is to connect authors to readers by producing books from manuscripts. For many years this activity has been carried out by a…

8 Min
letters to the editor

Write to: Letters to the editor, Writing Magazine, Warners Group Publications plc, 5th Floor, 31-32 Park Row, Leeds LS1 5JD; email: letters@writersnews.co.uk. (Include your name and address when emailing letters. Ensure all letters, a maximum of 250 words, are exclusive to Writing Magazine. Letters may be edited.) When referring to previous articles/letters, please state month of publication and page number. STAR LETTER Not fade away The first time I purchased Writing Magazine was on the day I was diagnosed with a terminal, degenerative neurological illness. I knew my words would eventually fade so I suddenly developed a compulsive need to write. I suffered from huge imposter syndrome reading about all the other skilled writers, but with the help of your magazine, my small weekly writing group (Jude) and an amazing course at The Novelry…

5 Min
a helping handout

Throughout the health crisis, the Society of Authors has shared around £1 million in hardship grants with authors. ‘It is no exaggeration to say that this grant helped me, and my family, to survive.’ This was writer Rob Young’s response to receiving a Contingency Fund grant from the Society of Authors in April. Like many professional writers, illustrators and creatives, the early days of the Covid-19 health crisis were filled not only with adapting to life in lockdown – but they were also defined by email inboxes filled with cancelled contracts, projects, events and performances. Rob continued: ‘Writing is, was and always will be a precarious profession but these are remarkable times. I have been a full-time writer for 22 years and the risk of losing all I’ve worked for is a raw…

3 Min
counting the costs

One of the more arcane parts of the publishing process is the mystery that is scheduling. Quite aside from the strange fact that from time immemorial all books have been published on a Thursday there are the long and often heated conversations that publishers have about when exactly a book should be published. There are two elements to it. The wider strategic question of which season to publish into and the equally important tactical question of which ‘range date’ (ie which Thursday) should be the exact publication day. Autumn and the lead into Christmas is the busiest time of year in the bookshops and publishers put their biggest non-fiction titles and many of their most-loved novelists into the autumn. At least one range date in October is always known as ‘super Thursday’…

5 Min
my father, the war hero

I started writing the book the day my father died, in 1986. It was all very sudden and unexpected. One day he was there, the next he was gone. Pneumonia. I sat on his bed, and idly started clearing his bedside table. And there it was, the notebook. Scruffy, ancient and dog-eared. I flicked through the pages. A diary of some kind, the pages filled with tiny pencil scribbles in my father’s inimitable and illegible handwriting. Putting it to one side, to look at later, it was a couple of years or more before I returned to it. When I did, and started deciphering the script, I realised that it had been written during the early 1940s, and that it told a story, day by day, that was almost completely new to me,…