Sadly not me… unless you like curvy. 🙂 No, I definitely have what Jane Wenham-Jones eloquently calls ‘Writer’s Bottom’. I gave up my day job in March and the chair I inherited (they moved and downsized the office during my notice period) does feel a little snugger these days. I have Jane’s new eBook 100 Ways to Fight the Flab so I’ll be working my way through them, although no.69 will have to wait until I’m no longer single! You must read a review by Sebastian on Amazon, it’s hilarious!
Anyway, back to the ‘shaping up nicely’. I was referring to the blog, or rather blogs. I mentioned last week that I’d set up four new critique blogs and Facebook groups. A fifth, http://nonfictionwritinggroup.wordpress.com, joined them today. The only non-fiction I write is about writing, but I wanted to have a critique group that could help non-fiction writers… I’ve interviewed so many.
I’ve had a few submissions to the four original blogs, two items outstanding which I’m tardy getting to, all will become clear why in a minute, but would welcome more. The details of the blogs are in the footer below and https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/online-writing-groups.
In last week’s Shout-out I talked about increasing the author spotlights, which are now weekday evenings so there won’t be one tonight, and that the interviews had taken over my life. What I’ve had to do (and I hated doing it) was to have a cut-off at the end of February and email the interviewees scheduled for March to June that I could no longer run them for free (today’s was the 624th!). I offered them the spotlight instead and some have gone for that. I wanted to find an alternative to just stopping the interviews, because all the authors had gone to the trouble of replying to my questions and a light bulb moment on Tuesday lead to the creation of http://morgensauthorinterviews.wordpress.com.
So what I’ve been doing for the past five days is re-posting the original full interviews. I’m actually only up to no.380 so over half way and I intend to keep going so they’ll all be up by midweek next week. It’s taking so long because they’re months old so I’ve been updating the footers; with the new blog links etc.
Once they’re all up, I’ll then be able to introduce new free Q&A interviews; my questions, the author’s replies but no extra comments from me. I’ll then reblog them on this main blog (which will just show an extract then a link to the interviews blog) so you get to hear about them, although the new blog is also linked to Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo, Tumblr and LinkedIn as this one is so you may spot those notifications first.
Apart from the full interviews on this blog, everything else here, and on the other blogs, are free – a list is on https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/submission-information/opportunities-on-this-blog and http://morgensauthorinterviews.wordpress.com/opportunities-on-the-main-blog. There is plenty of choice. If I’ve not interviewed you yet and you’d like to go for the full interview, it’s only £10 / €12.50 / $15 so won’t break the bank. 🙂
That’s about it for this week. Next up (in about an hour) is the second instalment of my debut novel, The Serial Dater’s Shopping List, on Novel Nights In (NNI) where you’ll get to meet Tim the Weeble and Lawrence the stick-thin social worker.
The NNI slot returns tomorrow night with the third instalment of Rose Mary Boehm’s novel ‘Coming Up for Air’. I hope you enjoy them both and we would love your comments. Clicking on the ‘like’ button is great, and we do appreciate you doing that, but staying just a moment longer to tell us what you think really means a lot.
So that’s about it. I’m going to crack on with reposting the interviews. I’m further behind than I wanted to be because this morning, when I was supposed to be getting ready to go to do my stint at my local British Red Cross shop (I deal with their donated books), I decided to rearrange my bedroom. It’s only the ‘box’ room (because I have two lodgers) so I had my wardrobe in my office which was OK but I knew if I did some moving around it would fit… well, I did it, with about an inch to spare, and crazy as it may sound, especially because it’s the winter here in the UK and my bed is now nearer the radiator, I’m looking forward to going to bed even more so tonight… with Jane’s book for company methinks. 🙂
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The full details of the new online writing groups, and their associated Facebook groups, are:
Morgen’s Online Non-Fiction Writing Group
Morgen’s Online Novel Writing Group
Morgen’s Online Poetry Writing Group
Morgen’s Online Script Writing Group
Morgen’s Online Short Story Writing Group
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