Thursday, 27 March 2014

The next meeting of the BWC is:


Monday, 7th April 2014

7.15 pm to 9.15 pm

The Brown Jug Pub, Ramsgate
Road, Broadstairs



All writers welcome

No subscription.  Just turn up and join in!

  
Mss Readings



Such a varied lot of mss at the last meeting!
And such fun - many thanks.



 

Contact Details:


Trisha Scott - 01843 602853

or 




 

News


What fun on the radio on 16th March - Howard Evans' Sunday Night Live show, 107.8 Academy FM!!  Discussions about poetry, the BWC, 
books to be published and comments from Catherine about 'Fifty Shades of Grey'!!
Some photos ... 




Naomi, Trisha and Philip

Naomi, Catherine and Philip

Trisha, Naomi, Catherine and Philip

And the quartet again!!



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The following quote is from an Agent:

"Rejection does not necessarily mean that it's without merit, but that they do not think they can sell it.
From the hundreds of people of all kinds who write to me each year, I probably take on 2 to 4 new clients.  (For most major publishers the figures for unsolicited manuscripts are even worse: between zero and two out of literally thousands.  Broadcasting and films are much the same.)
However, the overwhelming majority (over 95%) of submissions are so hopelessly bad that one shouldn't really include them in any 'significant' statistics.
Last year 100,000 new titles (fiction and non-fiction and including new editions of previously published works) were published.  
That there is a vast majority of undiscovered talent out there is a delusion. If you are genuinely talented, persist; the real odds are less fearsome than they might at first appear."

This was a few years ago.  The most recent available figures for new titles and editions are: UK - 149,000 (2011), US - 292,014 (2011) and the total worldwide (including from 1990 as the last publication date of some countries) - 2,200,000.

But - food for thought:
The figures for 2012 for self-publishing: 
Total - 391,000 (including USA but not including those books not requiring an ISBN for e-books).  80% was fiction.
The most recent figure (2010) from UNESCO is that there were about 328,000 new works a year.  So there were more self-published books in 2012 than estimated for the industry in 2010.
Of all the ISBN books in 2012, 40% were self-published.

A website worth a look:
 http://www.selfpublishedauthor.com





Hot Key Books is a children's publisher 
open to submissions.
They say they're 'Looking for great books for young readers. We are Hot Key Books, a brand new division of Bonnier Publishing, publishing books for 9 – 19 year olds.'
Check out their website for submission guidelines: 
www.hotkeybooks.com
Their editions are: Romance, Humour, Realistic, Futuristic, Thoughtful, Youngest, Friendship, Tear-Jerker, Fantasy, Historical, Light-Hearted and Oldest.





Advanced Notice of the next Open Mic Poetry 
and Spoken Word evening:
Tuesday, 29th April 2014 at the Lifeboat Bar, Margate
from 8 pm. Free Entry.
More information or to book a slot contact Jamie Thomson
on jamiesinbox@gmail.com
Also at Margate-Lyrical on Facebook.




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How many journalists does it take 
to change a light bulb?
"We just report the facts, we don't change them."



A man walks into a book shop and says: 'Can I have a book by Shakespeare?'
'Of course, Sir,' says the salesman.  'Which one?'
The man replies: 'William'.



How many editors does it take to change a light bulb?
It was supposed to be in place last week.


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'Either write something worth reading 
or do something worth writing.'
Benjamin Franklin




'Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought
and the thought has found words.'
Robert Frost



'I hope everyone that is reading this is having 
a really good day.  
And if you are not, just know that in every new minute that passes you have an opportunity to change that.'
Gillian Anderson



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Wednesday, 12 March 2014

The next meeting of the BWC is:


Monday, 17th March 2014

7.15 pm to 9.15 pm

The Brown Jug Pub, Ramsgate
Road, Broadstairs



All writers welcome

  
Mss Readings



A good variety of mss last meeting - 
children's books, poetry, short stories, 
memoirs... thanks to everyone for a 
great evening.



 
Contact Details:


Trisha Scott - 01843 602853

or 




 

News


We're back on the radio!!
On the Howard Evans Sunday
Night Live show on 
Academy FM Radio on 
16th March, 8 pm onwards.
Be sure to tune in!!!


Don't forget to bring your poetry
or prose to the Spoken Word
Open Mic evening on Tuesday,
18th March, 8 pm at the
Lifeboat Bar, Margate.  Free entry.
Book your place with  Jamie Thomson on jamiesinbox@gmail.com
Also see Margate-Lyrical on Facebook.


Bloomsbury has started a new imprint for authors 
of Young Adult fiction.  They say: 
'Are you an aspiring author? Do you have a young adult or new adult manuscript polished and ready to go? Well Bloomsbury Spark is ready to accept your submissions!'
Details are on: 
https://www.writersandartists.co.uk/2014/02/writing-opportunity-bloomsbury-spark
Note: From the details I'm not sure if 
you are required to pay for the services offered.  
Authors may want to check this.

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How many writers does it take to change a light bulb?
Two.  One to change the bulb and 
one to tell a very long story about it.



What's the difference between an editor and a gorilla?
It's been definitively proven that gorillas can communicate with humans.


A travel writer once told me that 
his books go nowhere ...



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'When I speak of writing, the image that comes to mind is not a novel, a poem, or a literary tradition; it is the person who shuts himself up in a room, sits down at a table, and alone, turns inward.  Amid his shadows, he builds a new world with words.'  Orhan Pamuk


'A professional writer  is an amateur
who didn't quit.'  Richard Bach



'A classic is something that everybody wants to have read
and nobody wants to read.'  Mark Twain



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Saturday, 1 March 2014

The next meeting of the BWC is:


Monday, 3rd March 2014

7.15 pm to 9.15 pm

The Brown Jug Pub, Ramsgate
Road, Broadstairs



All writers welcome

  
Mss Readings



A brilliant talk by Derek Sellen at the 
last meeting and an evening of poetry indulgence!!
More below.



 
Contact Details:


Trisha Scott - 01843 602853

or 




 

News


What a fabulous night on 17th February! 
Derek Sellen read extracts from his poetry and gave us a wonderful talk and valuable answers to our questions about publication, competitions, style and workshops.  Some excellent poetry from the Group Members rounded off a great evening.
Derek's links:
http://www.creativecanterbury.com/listing/derek-sellen/
and 
http://www.canterburypoets.co.uk/rdereksellenpage.html 


Two Venues mentioned by Derek that are 
worth a look:


The Whitstable Literary Festival is new to the area: 8th to 11th May - with events, workshops, exhibitions and screenings.  
Their Facebook site is Whitlit.
 Details on: http://www.whitlit.co.uk which includes: 

'WhitLit is looking for volunteers to help with the festival. From event support to festival guides, ticketing and stewarding, author hosts and technical assistance, there will be a broad range of roles available. If you are interested in helping, please get in touch via our contact page.'

And: 

ROOM with A VIEW  Writing Workshop
Saturday 8th March, Broadstairs
10-1 pm
Inspiration, Ideas, Writing Exercises, Comfy room, 
sea view, coffee & cakes
£12 - email maggie or call 07738702854



Open Mic Poetry and Spoken Word Night
Tuesday, 18th March from 8pm
Free entry - the Lifeboat Bar, Margate
For more Information or for booking your slot - 
contact Jamie Thomson on jamiesinbox@gmail.com
and see Margate-Lyrical on Facebook.



And we're back on local radio!!!
Sunday, 16th March on Academy Radio FM - 
the Howard Evans Sunday Night Live show
talking about the BWC.
Be sure to tune in!!



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For all frustrated writers:

Dear Editor, 

Thank you very much for your recent rejection slip.  As it does not quite meet my present requirements, I am returning it.  This in no way reflects upon its merits.

Don't be discouraged.  I read your rejection slip with great interest and I hope you will continue reading my work.

I appreciate your thinking of me and wish you the best of luck in placing your rejection slip elsewhere.

Literally

Just Another Writer

P S  Please forgive me for this printed note.  I'd like to comment on each rejection slip but the large number I receive makes it impossible to answer each one personally.



I went to a book store and asked the salesman: 'Where's the self-help section?'
 'If I tell you,' he replied 'it will defeat the purpose.'



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'Why do writers write?  Because it isn't there.'
Thomas Berger



'I write fiction because it's a way of 
making statements I can disown.'
Tom Stoppard



'Every word written is a victory against death.' 
Michel Butor



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