With tips for short story writers and Leeds Big Bookend, here is the latest Mother's Milk Books newsletter:
And a huge welcome to those new to this newsletter. :-)
Nondula, Short Story Tips, Baby X & A New Pamphlet
I can’t quite believe that I sent out the last newsletter 2
months ago. The reason for that gap in time is mainly because of the
At last, Nondula
by Ana Salote, the sequel to Oy Yew,
has a publication date – 12th June, and it is
currently available to pre-order at the discounted price of £6.99.
Ana and I have been working very intensively on the last edits for the past
couple of months, and, as usual, I have typeset it myself and proofread it
over and over so that I can give it the Mother’s Milk Books stamp of
approval. At this stage of a book’s life, I know it so well that it seems
obvious that people should buy it and read it and love it. But then I
remember that others haven’t examined every line of the manuscript over and
over so I guess I should tell you something about it!
In Other News – note the capitalization (it seems strange to
me that other things have been happening besides the production of Nondula!), I was at the
Northern Short Story Festival in Leeds last Saturday, where I sat on a
panel to discuss the short story form. Jamie from Valley Press managed to
get a recording of the event, so if you’d like to hear about what editors
look for in a short story, please do head on over to
Facebook and have a listen. But if you’re short on time, I’ve
pulled out 5 useful tips from the talk:
over what’s more important: character or plot. Make sure you have the right
balance of both.
2.Don’t forget about
ideas or the milieu! Jamie McGarry reinforced the importance of ideas in a
short story. (Read more from Orson Scott Card when it comes to the MICE –
milieu, ideas, character, event – quotient.)
important. Becca Parkinson from Comma Press advocated thinking carefully
about your ending when planning your story.
4.There are many
opportunities for short story writers. If you’re short on cash enter free
competitions or calls for submissions from lit mags or small presses that
don’t charge. Lots here from my author, Cathy Bryant: http://compsandcalls.com/wp/
5.Keep going! If you
really want to write and get published, you will do it!
All in all, it was a fantastic day. I loved getting the
opportunity to meet with writers also in love with short stories and fairy
tales, and it was a pleasure, as always, to chat to my fellow publishers,
and to catch up with my author Becky Cherriman who hosted the panel (as
well as catching up with some of those published in The Forgotten and the Fantastical 3).
I can’t believe it was February 2016 since I published Becky’s debut pamphlet Echolocation.
Me casting a ‘fine writing spell’ on the
Photo credit: Izzy Brittle and the Leeds Big Bookend Festival
Lastly, Baby X by Rebecca Ann Smith is now officially an
award-winning book. Not only did it win an Eric Hoffer Da Vinci Eye award
for ‘superior cover art’ by Emma Howitt, but it also scooped the Eric
Hoffer First Horizon award for superior work by a debut author AND it was
the winner of the commercial fiction category. Huge congratulations to both
Rebecca and Emma; I’m incredibly pleased that you both received recognition
of your work, and it makes me very proud to have played a role in producing
and publishing this incredible book.
Right, I’d better get off and start typesetting the new
by Ruth Stacey and Katy Wareham-Morris – to be launched at Ledbury Poetry
Festival on 9th July. Details to be found here.