I love Writing Magazine. I get it on subscription and look forward to receiving my copy each month. As well as it being a really helpful tool for writers, there are opportunities to be published on the Letters page and the Subscribers’ Spotlight.
A few months ago I sent a piece into the mag about publishing my first paperback in my fairy series. To be honest I’d almost forgotten about it until a friend messaged me to say I had been featured in the March issue. What a lovely surprise.
On another tack, my fourth fairy book is currently with an author friend. It’s at second draft stage and I’m looking forward to getting some feedback on it, good or bad, so I can further polish it and have it ready for publication for kindle later in the year.
If you happened to read my January post, I mentioned I was thinking of starting a novel for adults. And yes, I have started it. There are only 6,000 words so far so I’ve a very long way to go. It’ll be in the category ‘women’s fiction’ and goodness knows when I will complete it.
I’ve hit upon the thorny issue of names – both for my characters, and even for my author’s name. Should I have a pen-name as I am writing in a different genre to my children’s books? Or, will that complicate matters? My main character’s name has changed three times already as the original name, Rachel, didn’t seem to suit how she looks.
Names can be very tricky, can’t they? Which brings me back neatly to Writing Magazine. In the same issue, Jane Wenham Jones answers a reader’s letter. The reader has written her second novel and has used the name of a close friend, much to the horror of said friend. Jane Wenham Jones tackles the subject well, discussing the possible libel and defamation implications. Right, I’m just off to change my character’s name again as I’ve just realised I have a friend with the same name. Oops!