Hello lovely writers, and excited about a small publication here, I thought it might be a good time to create a lesson about a path to getting published.
Now this is smalltime publishing, just a poem in a fine anthology, but its course is one that might apply to many types of writing. What it shows is how relevant other people are to publication, who can help nudge your work along, and how joining in with projects helps. Most of us write to connect and being in writing communities is a vital part of that.
Also, it reminds you that you are not alone…even though you may enjoy quite a lot of time in solitary imaginings…
Could You Write Memoir?
A Times newspaper article grabbed my attention a couple of weeks ago, with an article on memoir writing, focussing on https://storyterrace.com/en-GB. It says:
‘Revenues at StoryTerrace, which charges clients up to £5,200, more than doubled to £4m in the four months after lockdown started in March. Rutger Bruining, who launched it in London in 2014, says half his customers are fortysomethings ordering biographies of their parents, documenting their lives in full rather than waiting to gather scraps for eulogies.’
This is in the UK, but I’m sure there will be memoir or biography companies across the world, needing freelance writers to help with growth.
Coincidentally, the excellent Jane Friedman’s recent newsletter mentioned her top post this month: 2 methods for structuring your memoir.
Contemporary poet Anthony Anaxagorou published a list of creative writing guides recently, and it’s a refreshing one with a few titles I’d never explored. Recommended, if you’re a writing book fan.
We’re about to go into another full lockdown here in Wales, but just for two weeks, of benefit to writing projects here is how I’m choosing to view it. Do hope life is getting managed effectively wherever you are.
Before I say farewell until the next post, here’s the poem which is in the anthology. Warning: best to avoid if you don’t want to feel sad.
Keep those words flowing, please!