I’ve been busy with publicity stuff for the new writing book. Below is the press release the publisher has sent out to various newspapers and magazines.
My next task is to write something to go with it for local writing groups, offering to come in and answer questions, run workshops or whatever they might like. By local, I mean around Portsmouth and Southampton – but because of the camper van, I could travel much further if the circumstances were right.
Prolific Local Author Publishes Writing Advice
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Prolific, published short story writer, Patsy Collins and Editor at Alfie Dog Fiction, Rosemary J Kind, have combined their experience to publish a book of writing advice for those looking to write and publish short stories.
Patsy, a former tour guide on HMS Victory, has set many of her stories and novels around Lee-on-Solent, where she lives. These days she can often be found touring the country with maritime photographer, husband Gary Davies. “I love writing parked up overlooking a beach,” says Patsy. “Our campervan acts as my mobile office.”
Patsy, whose stories have been published in the leading women’s magazines, both at home and abroad, met Rosemary through an online writing group they were both part of. “We got together to read each other’s work and, as we both write articles on writing for magazines, we started to talk about collaborating on a book. The great thing is that our strengths complement each other, which gives us the opportunity to give other writers a wider picture.”
Their book, From Story Idea to Reader, covers the writing process from how to come up with ideas to where to submit work and sets out to be a practical and accessible guide. “We’ve both run courses on writing,” says Patsy, “and are used to the sorts of areas which those starting out need more help with. We’ve also both judged competitions and Rosemary has edited several thousand short stories over the last few years, so we have a clear picture of the common mistakes that writers make and have set out to help them overcome those in order to achieve publication.”
Between them, Patsy and Rosemary have separately published sixteen books, both fiction and non-fiction, but this is the first time they’ve worked together on a project. “Writing can be a lonely occupation,” says Rosemary, who lives in North Yorkshire. “Working together on this has been huge fun and we hope that comes through in our writing.”
From Story Idea to Reader is published by Alfie Dog Fiction and comes out on 30th November. The paperback is £9.99 and the ebook £3.99.