Thursday, 28 July 2016

Writing Competitions and Thick Skins!

Recently I found myself rushing to meet deadlines in order to enter some writing competitions that I'd earmarked. I'd entered a few in the past and, apart from one Highly Commended for a short story, I have never won or made the short list - until today!

This is my celebratory post and a pat on my own back for having my second novel, When Skies Are Grey, make the long list for the SI Leeds Literary Prize for 2016! I'm extremely proud and excited, I can't stop smiling to myself.
I'd vowed to knock the competition entering on the head after these recent entries because I need to concentrate on all the writing projects I have in the pipelines or on the go. Only recently I was asked to ghost write a memoir, and you may remember I'm planning to write a book series under my pseudonym. I'm up to my eyes in word counts!

But since making the long list I feel like a writing competition Ninja - I'm going to enter everything! - Well, not really. I'm sure the feeling will pass. I mean apart from all the above mentioned writing projects, every time I didn't make the cut as far as prizes went, I felt hurt. I still don't have a thick enough skin to handle rejection like a Ninja would. It takes a while to get over the disappointment, I'm afraid. So I'm going to revel in the fact that, for once, I don't have to pull myself together and self help myself into believing I can still write after a panel of judges didn't pick my story.

The short list has yet to be announced. I just hope I can survive the nerves until the end of September. I'll be buying an extra supply of moisturiser in case I need it for all that extra thick skin.

I'm keeping everything crossed until then but making the long list has meant a whole lot to me.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Summer Reading

I'm looking for inspiration. I'm after my next read and I'm not quite sure what it should be.

After finishing my last book, a pretty average novel called A Year Of Being Single,

I was on the look out for something to really get my teeth into.

I read through all the samples that had been sitting on my Kindle for ages (neglected because I had a lot writing and writing jobs on the go) and ended up deleting most of them. On a second look at the descriptions, I wasn't convinced I'd like them after all.

Waiting to be read on my Kindle I have a mixture of literary fiction, thrillers, women's fiction, romantic comedies and books that tell me how to market my own books on Amazon. A word of warning, I've never bought a single book from Amazon that ever helped me crack the world of book marketing so for now I'm sticking to fiction!

So what will it be? In contention there is:

Jill Mansell - You And Me, Always

Laura Barnett - The Versions of Us

and Amulya Malladi - A House For Happy Mothers

If you've read any of these, please let me know. I've got a long train journey ahead this weekend and that just calls for a good read doesn't it?