Monday, 4 June 2012

Jubilee Weekend Reading and Writing

Since this is a holiday weekend in the UK, to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, I thought I'd mention a variety of writing and reading opportunities for anyone with spare time over the next couple of days!

I found a good article about writing for Mills & Boon on the Love Money site, which not only highlights the difference between some of their lines but also looks at payment possibilities (in a general way). They've provided the links to the Harlequin website where you'll find exact guidelines for each line, including the new Heartwarming series.

A new crime fiction competition is running just now from Stylist, and they're looking for a novel with a female protagonist. For the competition, you only have to submit the first 6000 words along with an outline (not revealing the ending!), and a 250-word biography of the central character. The closing date is 12th July 2012 and you can find full details here.

And now for a great read. One of Lesley Cookman's cosy crime books featuring retired actress turned sleuth Libby Sarjeant, Murder by Magic, is free on kindle for the next four days.

Enjoy Jubilee Day tomorrow!

Rosemary

14 comments:

Nas said...

Thanks for the links! Hope you had a lovely Jubilee weekend!

Joanna said...

Thank you for these links, Rosemary, and have a lovely weekend!

Teresa Ashby said...

Thank you for the links, Rosemary - I hope you're having a lovely weekend x

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Hi Nas, Joanna and Teresa - thanks for leaving a comment. Hope you're all having a good weekend too! The Thames boat pageant looked wonderful on TV yesterday.

Paula Martin said...

Thanks for the links. The M&B one was interesting. One thing it didn't say was how long they keep your ms. before rejecting it - you can waste nearly a year waiting for a response from them!

Talli Roland said...

Thanks for all the news, Rosemary! Hope you're enjoying the weekend.

myraduffy said...

Like the Queen, we writers keep going no matter what!

Erin O'Quinn said...

Romy, I've passed the crime novel link to a friend who writes in that genre...thanks!

We're treated on every evening's news broadcasts to your perky little queen, God love her, especially for giving you a well-earned holiday!

xxErin

Joan Fleming said...

Thanks for the info and the links, Rosemary. I'm sure there should be some stories triggered by the Jubilee celebrations!

Diane Fordham said...

Hope you had a lovely relaxing weekend Rosemary - may many good things come your way this week x

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks for that point, Paula!

A great weekend, Talli - London has done the UK proud!

Hi Erin - it's been an amazing celebration weekend, even though I'm watching it all on TV!

That's a good idea, Joan!

Many thanks for that, Diane - you too!

Patsy said...

The Love Money Site post is interesting. I'd like to think that anyone reading it and then deciding to bash out 50,000 words to earn some extra cash would find the task wasn't quite as easy as she makes it appear.

Cara Cooper said...

Hope you had a good weekend, perfect for writing weatherwise!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Hmm - I hadn't really picked up that assumption, Patsy. But a lot of people seem to think it's easy - until they try!

Hi Cara - I've loved watching the celebrations on TV. Always find something to stop me writing!