And the winner is ...
In the last post, I invited people to vote in a poll to choose a title for the next East Dulwich Writers' Group anthology. It's strange that the group finds editing relatively simple, but when it comes to something as simple as the back cover blurb, intro or title, the discussions can generate endless debates and some very strong feelings.
That's why the public poll has been so helpful. It came as a surprise to some that the overwhelming reaction was that we should stick with the title of the previous anthology, Hoovering the Roof.
The public has spoken. We have listened. We're now working to a tight deadline in order to publish Hoovering the Roof, The Second in late November.
My guest post on Novel Spaces is up today. Click this link if you'd like to see my version of the tools essential for writing.
The Story of London
As part of The Story of London Festival, I will be appearing at an event in Victoria Library in Buckingham Palace Road (hey! I'm at the palace - nearly) with Jemma Wayne and Tom Bromley. We'll all be reading from 33, the anthology published by Glasshouse Books. (I wrote the story set in Croydon.)
Click here to see more Glasshouse events. To celebrate Glasshouse's inclusion in the Festival, they are making a special offer: if you order either 33 East or West before 8th Oct, you will get the accompanying volume free. Simply put the code: Story of London in the special instructions, when purchasing through PayPal. If you'd rather not use PayPal, then please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apparently (and somewhat surprisingly - it looks like a very useful day indeed) there are still a few places available for the Getting Published event on 2nd October at the Royal Overseas League. (Yet another vaguely royal connection? Where's my damn tiara?)
If you've completed a novel or non-fiction MS and want to know how to go about the next steps, this is the event for you. There's a packed and very entertaining programme (including a party afterwards - yay!) and you'll meet publishers and agents as well as getting direct feedback on your opening chapter, synopsis and covering letter from one of the Book Doctors. Click here to see the full programme.
PS: JUST SPOTTED THIS VERY POSITIVE REVIEW OF 33 ON AMAZON.
For short story fans, the final one "How Lucky You Are" by Debi Alper packs a punch making you glad you purchased these books.