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Introducing Write On! Extra – daily posts for unprecedented times

by Madeleine White (Twitter/Instagram @madeleinefwhite) Hello, I'm Madeleine and I'm the editor of Write On! magazine, a quarterly magazine published by Pen to Print. When we introduced Write On! nearly a year ago we did so based on the following ideas and ideals: “Publishing lies at an intersection of entertainment, information and ...

A Seaside Journey

by Carol Edwards Having published a number of  books about specific places around my local area at Southend on Sea, I came to what I knew was going to be my last publication in the series. I spent a great deal of my time when young, visiting the Golden Mile, clutching my pennies to play the ...

Submit Your Writing to Write On Showcase

by Dan Cross Hi, everyone! My name is Dan and I am the online Showcase editor for Write On!, here to talk to you about Showcase, what it is, how you can use it to promote your creative writing and how to submit your work for publication.  What is Showcase?  Write On’s raison d’être is to encourage writers of all literary ...

Top Ten Tips For Writing Short Stories

by Clare Cooper 1.  Before you start, study your targeted publication’s guidelines, plus as many issues as you can.  You should know your market, word counts, presentation, forbidden and well-worn themes, etc, as this will save you potential heartache and frustration later on. Editors can usually tell in the first sentence, and certainly the first paragraph, if it’s what we’re looking for.  We look for the same things you do:  A story that’s ...

The Other Side of the Desk

by Clare Cooper Wanted: Writers to fill pages in magazines. Must have thick skins and be prepared to take criticism, rejection and incredibly long waiting times on the chin. Must learn to bite their tongues and not get stroppy, or they will be sent to the naughty desk.  Must accept that ...

Real Names vs Pen Names

By Luke Edley  There are lots of writers who choose to write under pen names for many different reasons. But few seem to acknowledge why the popularity of certain names can be a determining factor in a writer’s decision to embrace a nom de plume.  Joanne Rowling, for instance, may have chosen J.K. Rowling ...

Netgalley for Authors

by Maria Riegger In 2019, I used  NetGalley  for the first time. NetGalley  is a paid site used by independent authors and publishers to obtain more book reviews. Here, I’m reporting on my first use of NetGalley and the results.  First,  what is  NetGalley? Authors and publishers can pay to list their books on the site. NetGalley subscribers  (it’s ...

10 Reasons Why Reading is Good For You

by Claire Buss 1. Reading is stimulating! Remember the last time you read a great book? It probably got your heart racing in some way or made you think differently about something. Perhaps it scared you, made you laugh or cry. Either way, it got your brain working out and that ...

Get Writing Fit For 2020

Remember those New Year writing resolutions you made? If they’re all but a distant memory now, fear not, for short story editor Clare Cooper is here with some light-hearted tips to whip you back into shape…  WALKING AND LIFTING  Power-walk your way to your nearest bookshop, remembering to take your Christmas book tokens with you.  Now, buy as many books as you can afford.  Balance it out by buying an even ...

When Writers Become Publishers

By Madeleine White  These days everyone is a writer. You might not think so, but if you use social media, email, or Whatsapp with conviction, you are able to say you write. However, in this digital free-for-all, something has also gone missing. Beyond the algorithms that feed us with whatever they think we ...