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Rise of the New Barbarians

Jonathan Franzen says he doesn’t like Twitter. Neither does he like the tide of self-published dross that’s threatening to destroy literature forever. The reasons he gives for this dislike are understandable. As an author accorded almost god-like status by the critics and hailed as the last great American novelist, he can afford to be sceptical. But do his views have…

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Last man standing

The publishing world has changed. Authors no longer need to follow the traditional model in order to see their work in print. They can simply upload their work to Amazon and be in business in a matter of minutes – a privilege unheard of in previous decades. Forward to the deluge of grateful readers and the six-figure advance from Harper…

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WOW Interview – Helen Summer

The Words of Wisdom Interview – a series of interviews with writers and artists, to discover their methods, dreams and inspiration.

No.4 – Helen Summer

Helen is an author living in Christchurch, Dorset. She started writing in 1997, initially writing children’s stories and short stories aimed at the women’s magazine market. She embarked on the Writers Bureau correspondence course, which she completed in two years.  She also became Press Officer of the athletic club where she coached.

She was introduced to a publisher at a half-marathon race in Majorca. That publisher turned out to be John Blake who then invited Helen to write a book about people who’d run over 100 marathons. That book turned into ‘Running Crazy’, published by John Blake Publishing in March 2012, available on Amazon,  all good book stores and some sports shops.

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The longest day

The hardest moment for any writer is beginning. You sit down at the laptop/notepad and stare at the intimidating white space before you, wondering how you arrived at this position. Then, after several gulps of filter coffee (or Jim Beam), you make a tentative start, one leaden finger after another. Soon, you’ve forgotten how intimidating the whole process is, and…

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In the Lion’s Den

Novelists are a sensitive bunch on the whole. So it was with some trepidation that I agreed to face a library book club on a cold, wet Monday afternoon, to hear their comments on my novel The Butterfly Collector. One of the things a writer fears most is criticism. You’ve spent hours labouring over your magnum opus and expect the…

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WOW Interview – Pam Fudge

The Words of Wisdom Interview – a series of interviews with writers and artists, to discover their methods, dreams and inspiration.

No.3 – Pam Fudge

This month’s Words of Wisdom come from the inimitable Pam Fudge who has been writing since 1983 with success initially in competitions and on local radio.  Pam’s short stories have been published on a regular basis since 1984 by such magazines as Patches, Hers, My Story, Romance, True Story, Woman’s Story, My Weekly, Chat, Bella and Family Circle. The most recent have been published in World Wide Writers, The Lady Fiction Special, Woman, Take A Break, Best, Fiction Feast and Woman’s Weekly.

For eleven years, until March 2002 Pam tutored Writing For Pleasure And Profit classes for the local Adult Education Service, with a number of successes among her students. She was also a Home Study tutor for Writers News for two years.

Pam Fudge is a member of Flair For Words, The Romantic Novelists’ Association, The Society of Women Writers and Journalists and The Society of Authors. She is available for talks and workshops in the local area.  Publication of Pam’s 10th novel Not What It Seems is 31st July 2013

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Sunday

I had a good day today. I got up around nine and had the first of many cups of coffee. Then I hit the laptop and posted an interview with fellow writer James Manlow. Following this, I updated posts for my novel The Butterfly Collector, for Twitter and Facebook, and headed back downstairs for a spot of restorative T’ai Chi. Actually, I didn’t do it in that order at all, but, hey, this is supposed to be random!

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20,000 leagues under the sea

You write a book. Then you rewrite it several times until you’re sick of the sight of it. Then you send it out to the gatekeepers, those shadowy creatures whose job it is to pick the nuggets from the literary dross.  Two things will most likely happen. One, your book will be rejected countless times. Two, you will become disillusioned with the whole process and consider giving up.

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Crossing the Line

The hardest thing to write is the truth. Fiction may be the ideal medium by which to explore difficult themes but the challenge to write honestly and without self-censorship is always hard to overcome. Writers fear obscurity.  They spend weeks, months, sometimes years honing words for public consumption, only to worry obsessively about their perceived reception. But that’s the rub.…

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Self-publish and be damned (Part Two)

A short while ago, I made the decision to self-publish my first novel The Butterfly Collector. Far from being a whim, or the result of excessive vanity (although I have enough of that), the decision was taken after some consideration. Prior to this, my novel had undertaken an extensive tour of agent’s offices and publishing houses without any offers. The waiting time…

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