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Writing Magazine July 2020

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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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United Kingdom
Warners Group Publications Plc
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
dear reader

Editor We’re getting into the swing of production under lockdown now: this is the second issue produced entirely from our respective homes and we’d like to think it’s turning out rather well. After a month in which we talked of little else, the mood for many writers seems to have shifted now to settling down and getting on with ‘the new normal’, which is very much the case with WM. Hopefully lockdown is being kind to you too but however you’re finding it, we’ll be your companion every step of the way. Whether you need inspiration, ideas, places to submit or just friendly encouragement, WM is a monthly creative push you can rely on, and remember to keep in touch with us for even more, on Twitter and Facebook (@writingmagazine), our…

5 min.
the world of writing

Flogging an undead horse Twelve years later, Stephenie Meyer is to publish her Twilight retelling Midnight Sun in August, relating the same species-crossed love story from the point of view of sparkly vampire Edward Cullen, rather than sulky tween Bella Swan. The trick was also notably used by EL James to extend her Fifty Shades series, which famously originated as Twilight fanfic, for three titles telling the same story from Christian Grey’s point of view. In similar spirit – exploring every avenue of a good idea, or exhausting a cash cow, depending how generous you’re feeling – Stephenie has already published a gender-swapped version of Twilight, Life and Death, featuring Edythe Cullen and Beau Swan. Midnight Sun was originally set for publication in 2008, until the manuscript was leaked online and Stephenie abandoned it…

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 Writing in virus time To quote Plato, Strange times are these in which we live. It is a bit of an understatement; however, a piece of normality ensued when the May edition of Writing Magazine plopped onto the doormat. It was an uplifting event for me as I have been isolating with what is presumed to have been the Covid-19 virus. My day-to-day work as a health and social care coordinator for the NHS is…

5 min.
nda or not?

When you submit your work for consideration by an agent, publisher or film producer you’ll naturally want to ensure that they will protect it from unauthorised sharing or development. Equally, publishers and self-published authors want to protect their interests in their dealings with the third-party services engaged in bringing a work to market. You may even have considered asking a third party to sign a so-called non-disclosure agreement (NDA) and wondering if it might be appropriate to your circumstances. The purpose of an NDA is to bind a party or parties (they can work both ways) under contract to a duty of confidentiality in relation to the receiving and handling of material shared with them. Any breach of that duty will amount to a breach of contract. This can lead to injunctions…

2 min.
future book

While we all try to parse what the hell has happened to our lives and livelihoods – and I write this on the Sunday that Boris Johnson is due to announce phase two of lockdown – it is already clear that aside from those fortunate businesses who have explicitly benefitted from the virus there are many for whom survival is going to be a question of creative thinking and embracing new ways of doing business. One thing is certain though, in a world where we are all feeling the foundations shift beneath our feet and where we are reassessing what it is that we really value in our lives and in society, books are more than holding their own. So it is exciting to see what the potential ramifications for the retail…

7 min.
on the (virtual) road

Ever read a blog? Given that you are reading a writing magazine, the answer is probably yes. Wikipedia defines a blog as a discussion website with informal diary-style text entries called posts. For an author, a blog can be an effective addition to a publicity portfolio since they are about comment and are mostly, but not exclusively, about sharing your thoughts and activities with people. They are rather like a personal magazine, and can help develop an audience, centred on you and your books. Each individual blog will have its own readership. What if you wanted to try to talk to groups of readers from different blogs? Even if you only touched on literary ones, you would never be able to contact even a small minority of the readers. That’s where a…