Saturday, 11 August 2012

Swanwick Writers' Summer School

After weeks of looking forward to it, I'm finally here.

I took my twenty copies of Taranor into the book room. 

(Faerie fantasy adventure ... type Taranor into amazon books to find the kindle version. It's in paperback too.)

After supper we had an entertaining lecture by Steve Hartley, author of The World's Biggest Bogie.

 His five rules to getting published.
1 create a short and punchy synopsis.
2 polish your manuscript, re-write, re-write.
3 find your voice.
4 get yourself noticed.
5 make your work commercially viable. Power has shifted from editorial power to marketing power.
The lecture ended with eleven women getting into a huge pair of knickers. I forgot to take my camera, so haven't got a pic of that.

Looking forward to tomorrow.


  1. I'm looking forward to hearing more, Helen. Please say Hi to Elizabeth (Ivy) Lord for me. She too has been looking forward to going. Tell her from me, I hope she's behaving herself and has all her music sheets and books with her.

    Hope you have a wonderful time too.

    1. Thanks Paula, It's as wonderful as ever. I'm looking forward to the sing-a-long.