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




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!!


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:

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:
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
Also at Margate-Lyrical on Facebook.


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.


'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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