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 on: June 07, 2016, 09:27:43 AM 
Started by marc_chagall - Last post by marc_chagall
Very happy to have had a flash accepted for this anthology. Full list of stories is here: Includes a few familiar names.

 on: June 02, 2016, 05:17:05 AM 
Started by Ed - Last post by fnord33
I'm glad to see everybody's doing so well. The last couple of years I've been desperately trying to find an artist that will come through on the "Birth" cover. I have a good feeling about artist 4. I have art for "Sex" and have somebody working on turning it into a cover. I put the blurb-in-progress in the workshop. if anybody has time to offer advice I'd appreciate it.

Rev: You certainly picked an interesting time to immigrate. Where are you headed?

 on: May 31, 2016, 03:34:29 PM 
Started by Ed - Last post by Geoff_N
Yep, the publisher, Rev, will appreciate dialogue with his or her potential clients, so go ahead as Delph says, and ask for clarification.

I'm still waiting to hoodwink a publisher to take Xaghra's Revenge; written an illustrated kids' series also under consideration by a publisher; writing shorts - 7 published this year; ARIA keeps reappearing on lists and yesterday appeared on a list of nominated novels for best SF indie book. Dunno how that happened but even the nominations has led to a huge upsurge in sales - 2 overnight!

No writing next week cos I'm on another cycle tour to Cheltenham and taking Liz Williams' Empire of Bones to read for my SFF Book Group, and a notebook to flesh out other short ideas.

 on: May 31, 2016, 01:38:13 PM 
Started by Ed - Last post by delboy
Don't you just hate it when you write a really long post and then get a "This page can't be displayed" message and thereafter all your words have gone...

Suffice to say, well done Rev and Delph. And as for me, writing going well - really enjoying it. But have the opposite of insane amounts of spare time. Commute getting longer. Work getting more stressful. Whatever happened to the life of leisure we were promised 40 years ago?


 on: May 31, 2016, 02:29:14 AM 
Started by Ed - Last post by marc_chagall
Re: the proposals, I'd write back, sound as enthusiastic as possible, and ask what sort of thing they had in mind. Sounds like a very positive reply you got from them, so I'd certainly follow it up asap.

I'm currently busy flogging my last book (biography of my mum) which is my best seller to date. I think some people are so relieved they can buy a book from me that isn't poetry or fiction.  scratch Never mind. The next book is both poetry AND fiction - a collaborative, illustrated novel-with-poems. Should be out in a month or two. Publisher is keen to get it to press now because she wants me to read some of the poems at the Poetry Book Fair in London in September, and I'm game. That aside, I'm busy with poetry mentoring from Ahren Warner, and short story mentoring from he-who-must-not-be-named-on-cafe-doom. Both going extremely well. I'm working towards a second full poetry collection, so that will be the next big project.

 on: May 30, 2016, 12:46:42 AM 
Started by Ed - Last post by Rev. Austin
Hey folks! I thought I'd check in and ask your collective advice; I recently sent my latest novel off to Severed Press (the first and only place it's been subbed so far) and they've replied with how the book isn't quite what they're after, but they would like to work with me again (I had my very first anthology publication with them!) and wondered if I'd like to talk proposals...! I'm not quite sure what this means, though. Are they inviting me to 'pitch' other novel/book ideas, or should I ask them what they're after...? It's certainly exciting!

Other than this, I've started learning Spanish and how to code computer games in an effort to fill up the insane amount of spare time I have (still going through the visa process to move to the States). I'm really chuffed with this latest novel so I'm keen to try and find other suitable publishers (ideally). How's it all going with you lot? I keep meaning to check on here more regularly again but keep forgetting  rolleyes 

 on: May 29, 2016, 03:09:57 AM 
Started by Ed - Last post by marc_chagall
Thank you Geoff!

Poll's now up, and I've set it for two days, it being a Bank Holiday weekend.

 on: May 27, 2016, 04:05:08 AM 
Started by Ed - Last post by Geoff_N
Cath, I so rarely write flashes these days - the story ideas popping into my head like bubbles from a glass of quinine-filled tonic water, take a smidgen too much character development. Also I have a tendence to repel clues and hints for stories. However, senssitive to your plea I'll give it a go this week.

 on: May 27, 2016, 04:01:51 AM 
Started by Ed - Last post by Geoff_N
Lash, it's best not to respond directly to such emails because it shows they've hit a real person and can flag up their database as such, leading not more hits from them and others they sell their databases too. They can be reported to various authorities set up to investigate such perpetrators because they are breaking several lawa such as misuse of computers, threats to kill, etc.

If you were to cut my brake cable I'd be in little danger because these days I'd call on passing butterflies to help slow me down Wink

 on: May 22, 2016, 03:42:38 PM 
Started by Ed - Last post by marc_chagall
A few more entries for the flash challenge would be much appreciated. I'm not putting a poll up until there's at least three of us.

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