Posted by on Apr 28, 2006 in Uncategorised | 7 Comments

Myfanwy Collins tagged me with this meme: Look at the list of books below. Bold the ones you’ve read, italicize the ones you might read, cross out the ones you won’t, underline the ones on your book shelf, and place (parentheses) around the ones you’ve never even heard of. Sadly, I can’t seem to cross […]

Posted by on Apr 27, 2006 in Uncategorised | 3 Comments

Ambit People often complain about editors. I try not to, being an editor myself, but it does happen from time to time that I whinge. Most of the time though, editors are nice people doing a tough job. This week’s mail reminded me of that fact. I got a letter from Ambit. Was a story […]

Posted by on Apr 26, 2006 in Uncategorised | 2 Comments

If you want to be a writer … Have projects as well as babies What I mean is, don’t just write fiction that is important to you. Kick back, have fun, write fluff. Nobody can spend all day being serious and high falutin’ about words and not become a bit of a pompous arse. Think […]

Posted by on Apr 25, 2006 in Uncategorised | 5 Comments

What’s better than galleys? Getting your complimentary copies! Through the post this morning came the gorgeously jacketed ‘Mexico, A Love Story’. It’s a Seal Press book from Avalon Publishing Group, edited by Camille Cusanamo, with whom I’ve worked several times now and whose selection and editorial skills I’ve come to respect and admire. You can […]

Posted by on Apr 24, 2006 in Uncategorised | One Comment

Why would anybody bother? I received an anthology call early last week and went to check it out. The publisher’s website is ‘under construction’ and both of the editor’s email addresses bounced my query message. On the call page there is no indication of rights required by the publisher, nor of payment to writers. To […]

Posted by on Apr 21, 2006 in Uncategorised | No Comments

Chroma – A Queer Literary Journal I have a soft spot for Chroma, not because they’ve ever published me but because their editor, Shaun Levin, is one of the nicest editors I know, and I know many. So I’m glad to share some good news with you! FORTHCOMING READINGS Friday, 21 April, 7pm at […]

Posted by on Apr 20, 2006 in Uncategorised | No Comments

I’ve just received my copy of Mindprints, a very fine journal with a unique remit. The editors invite writers and artists with disabilities – as well as those with an interest in the field of disability – to contribute. I notice they have a flash fiction contest running – and should that be your baby, […]

Posted by on Apr 19, 2006 in Uncategorised | No Comments

If you want to be a writer … Workshop! Every so often when I’m teaching, I have the sad realisation that one of my students has been working away for years on a novel, or a trilogy, or an opera cycle; all alone, like the mythical writer in the mythical garrett. It’s usually a disaster […]

Posted by on Apr 18, 2006 in Uncategorised | One Comment

If you want to be a writer … Write. Yesterday I ended up in a long conversation with a writer who wondered why I kept telling people what they shouldn’t do. Why didn’t I tell them what they should do to become good writers instead? Well, it’s not that easy. It’s a bit like running […]

Posted by on Apr 17, 2006 in Uncategorised | No Comments

EASTER BUNNY! Okay, for Easter we ate too much chocolate, walked along Brighton sea-front in the almost sunny but very windy weather and generally had a good time. Part of that good time came from sharing Thursday and Friday with B A Goodjohn, familiarly known as Bunny, friend, poet and now … novelist. Bunny lives […]