My short stories in top 25 free downloads at Ether Books

My three short stories are in the top  25 free downloads at nos. 3, 4 and 11 at Ether Books. Download them for free downloads on apple and google store at http://bit.ly/1gTfErK.  Thanks for those of you who have read them.

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Duotrope is the best writers’ resource I’ve come across

I’ve had success with my submissions.  Check it out at:

https://duotrope.com/

 

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Authors should not work for free

I agree with Philip Hensher that authors should not work for free.  They are professionals just like anyone else and often given the mantra ‘but you’ll get enormous publicity and coverage if you do this for free.”  I was guilty of this tactic too when I was voluntarily running the Bournemouth Literary Festival and that’s because sadly I had no money to give them.  So how do we stop this when many of us in the publishing, writing and creative industries are running on tight shoestrings.

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The Power 1000 – London’s most influential people

So nice to see a wide range of writers and the publishing industry’s movers and shakers on the top 1,000 list of influential Londoners.  For those of us who dream or had dreams of making our millions in the publishing industry – is there hope?

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Short story submissions not good for BBC ‘s short story award 2013

It is disappointing to hear that the standards of submissions were very low. According to one of the judges, very few people are good at short stories.  Sad indictment for short stories. We need to up the game!

 

The Power of women’s writing.  The prize’s second all-female shortlist shows it’s ‘suited to women’s innovative brilliance’

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Toni Morrison on blues, spiritual, jazz and writing

Toni Morrison is one of my favourite writers and her quote below is the essence of her novel Jazz:

“Sometimes I hear blues, sometimes spirituals or jazz and I’ve appropriated it.  I’ve tried to reconstruct the texture of it in my writing – certain kinds of repetition – its profound simplicity”.

Source: Paul Gilroy, “Living Memory: An Interview with Toni Morrison,” in Paul Gilroy, Small Acts (London: Serpents Tail,

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Storymoja Hay Festival – many stories, one world

As an African, I am so proud to see the fusion of the Hay Festival and Storymoja.  What a smorsgasboard of creativity in Nairobi!  I hope this collaboration will spread all over Africa. I have a dream to do something similar in Zambia.

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