Thursday, October 1, 2009

Super Thursday

In the book publishing world, today is known as 'Super Thursday'. Some 800 new books are being published today, all with the aim of being the Christmas Number 1. Well that means there are going to be 799 disappointed authors later on in the year then!

It's also a Super Thursday for other reasons though. One of my students, Helen Baggott, has a letter published in the November issue of Writers' Forum magazine, (out today), so she wins herself a Moleskine notebook. (Savour the moment as you unwrap it from its cellophane Helen.)

Her letter provides a tip to other writers about developing writing opportunities. I won't pass the tip on - go and buy a copy of the magazine - but it also demonstrates that the letters page of a magazine is a useful place way of passing on hints and tips. Editors like the letters page to have 'club-like' feel to it where friends can meet and share news, comment and gossip, so hints fall into this category nicely. So if you have a tip you share with friends, why not share it with the readers of a magazine too?

I happen to have the Star Letter in the November issue of MacWorld magazine (a magazine for Apple computers). My prize is a desktop publishing layout programme - a professional tool, with a professional price. There's no way I could have afforded the price - not at over £900!

And if you happen to buy the November issue of Writers' Forum, then look out for Cass and Janie Jackson's regular column on page 45. I'd like to thank them here for the nice words they said about me!

The November issue of Writers' News magazine is just out, and inside are details of the latest achievements of Penny Legg, a friend who was one of my students. I've blogged before about her book successes, but this raises another point to remember if you can... tell the world about your successes! Being writers shut up in our garrets, we don't often get a chance to blow our own trumpets. So if you've had a success then tell someone. You deserve it! It proves that you are a writer! And people will learn to respect you more as a writer too.

To shout about your successes in Writers' News magazine you need to be a subscriber (well worth the subscription - you get Writing Magazine included in the subscription cost). But even if you're not a subscriber you could still write a letter to a writing magazine (and get another success out of it, if that's published!)

A quick glance though the magazines also shows that Fiona from my writers' circle has got a letter in Writer's News and (update to this post) another member, Julie has a letter in Writing Magazine this month too.

(Update number 2 - and I was just about to close Writing Magazine up when I spotted a letter from another of my ex-students, Rob Innis. Well done everybody!)

So I think you'll agree - Super Thursday doesn't have to just be about books!

Good Luck.