The ramblings of aspiring author, Madeleine Sara, her dreams to become published and her trials and tribulations along the way. Plus other writerly nuggets of wisdom!
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Okay so my Away Day post told you I was attending a writing course on Saturday.
I absolutely loved it! Della was lovely too.
The course was primarily a chance to find out how to get published in the Womag Short Story Market, although we did also discuss novels.
The course covered:
Of course you would need to attend Della Galton’sWorkshop to find out more about it all. Or buy her book:
Apparently my editor’s letter was ‘a better class of rejection’ which was interesting. I can tell you that the Bad Luck option is where you've sent in a story that has the same theme as so many others they've had that they won't publish any more of them for now.
All the ladies attending were of an equivalent standard to me, which was wonderful (because I once attended a writing group where competitiveness and jealously created lots of problems)
We each read out a 1400-2000 manuscript for critiquing. It was all very positive and helpful and I only wish I lived near enough to attend her regular weekly workshops. I got some great feedback on a short story I've already submitted that will need reworking!
Also she advised us not to bombard editors with several MS's all at once because they can at best only publish a couple of your pieces twice a year and may then just chose a couple and send the rest right back to you.
BTW Della said she'd happily arrange courses in other parts of the UK if there was a demand. Would you be interested?