Exciting new enterprises
I ran my first editing workshop last week. I really enjoyed it. The time just flew by. We used an Etc venue. They really look after you well and the prices are very reasonable compared with other conference venues I’ve used. The delegate price included continental breakfast on arrival, lunch, and refreshments throughout the day. They supply fresh fruit and juices as well as tea, coffee and biscuits.
I envisage running another course like this soon and also one on marketing.
I’ve also enjoyed preparing my The Business of Writing Course for next Saturday morning. It cost the vast sum of £5.00. It takes place at 10.30 in the St John Centre just opposite Waterloo. More details here: https://www.waterloofestival.com/writing-workshop-2019
In the afternoon we have a celebration event: https://www.waterloofestival.com/writing-competition-celebration2019 This event is free and includes readings and open mic.
News about my writing
I’m plodding along still with my on-going projects: The House of Clementine and 280 x 70 – the sequel to 140 x 140. This works in a similar way. Each time I write I look at the first picture I see on my Twitter feed and write a story about it in exactly 280 words.
I’m also still writing a longer short story after each edit of Clementine. Next up: The Black Dog and the Meringue. Now, that title should keep you guessing
Catalogue of books for children
You can find it here. Do take a look if you’re into children’s books. This month I’ve included The Bride’s Farewell by Meg Rosoff (YA), Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick (fluent reader / teen), and The Children of Willesden Lane by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen (teen).
Current reading recommendation
This month I have chosen The Reading Cure by Laura Freeman. Warning: this book may make you hungry.
Laura Freeman was anorexic. She always loved reading. After diagnosis and as a cure began she was confined to bed and could do nothing but read. She slowly began to relearn how to enjoy food as she read about it in books.
Freeman doesn’t trivialise anorexia. She would probably describe herself as a recovering anorexic.
She does point out just how much the food in books adds to our enjoyment of them.
Give it a go. You’ll find it here.
This month I’m giving away The Best of CaféLit 6 in which some of my stories appear.
Access it and lots of other freebies here.
Note, that normally my books and the books supplied by the imprints I manage sell for anything from £0.99 to £10.99, with most on Kindle being about £2.99 and the average price for paperback being £7.00. We have to allow our writers to make a living. But I’m offering these free samples so that you can try before you buy.
Naturally I welcome reviews.
The Schellberg Project
I’ve added a couple of post this month about Käthe Edler, Renate’s mother. She was quite a feisty woman and I’ve included material about here being a female scientist and one of the first women in her town to obtain a driving license.
The posts may be helpful for teachers who are familiar with the Schellberg stories or who are teaching about the Holocaust. These two items are also being included in the Discovery Packs in the teacher’s / workshop kit.
You can read the posts here.
I’ve added in also The Children of Willesden Lane by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen, another story of survival via the Kindertransport, to the stock of recommended books. You can find it here.
I’m still promoting my school visits associated with The House on Schellberg Street project. I’ve now developed a whole workshop for this. It starts off with a board game, includes some role play and creative writing and ends with a discussion.
It is now possible to purchase the kit to work on on your own. Find details here.
Costs for my workshops = travel expenses plus £400 for a full day and £200 for a half day. This includes all materials and some freebies. Two schools near to each other might consider splitting the day and halving the travel expenses and fees. This is open to negotiation in any case.
I also offer a free half day visit, though you pay my travel expenses, if you allow me to promote my books.
I’m continuously adding materials for schools to the site that are different from the ones I use for the workshops. I’ve recently added in resources and books to do with the topic. See them here:
Query for a school visit here.
I’m also happy to tailor a visit for your agreed donation. This can be for either a Schellberg Cycle visit or a creative writing workshop. Any monies raised this way will go specifically to a project I have for a non-fiction book about a journey that will follow the footsteps of Clara Lehrs. I’m hoping to do the whole journey by train, including departing via my nearest Metrolink station. It’s important to feel the rails beneath my feet.
I offer as well standard author visits which include readings from my books, Q & A sessions and creative writing exercises.
Please remember, with these as well, I’m open to negotiation if you can’t afford the full price.
Some notes about my newsletters and blogs
They do overlap a little but here is a summary of what they all do.
Bridge House Authors For all those published by Bridge House, CaféLit, Chapletown or The Red Telephone or interested in being published by us. General news about the imprints. News for writers. Links to book performance. Sign up here.
Chapeltown Books News about our books. Sign up here.
The Creative Café Project News about the project and CaféLit – for the consumer rather than for the producer. Sign up here.
Gill’s News: News about my writing, The Schellberg Project, School Visits and Events. Find it here.
Opportunities List Remember I keep a full list of vetted opportunities on my writing blog. See them here. New ones are added several times a day. Roughly once a month I go through it and take out all of the out of date ones. At that point I send it out to a list. If you would like to be on that list, sign up here.
Pushing Boundaries, Flying Higher News about conferences and workshops to do with the young adult novel. (infrequent postings) Sign up here.
Red Telephone Books News about our books and our authors. Sign up here.
A Publisher’s Perspective Here I blog as a publisher. Access this here.
The Creative Café Project Listings and reviews of creative cafés. See them here.
CaféLit Stories Find these here
Gill James Writer All about writing and about my books. View this here.
Gill’s Recommended Reads Find information here about books that have taken me out of my editor’s head.
Gill’s Sample Fiction Read some of my fiction here.
The House on Schellberg Street All about my Schellberg project. Read it here.
Writing Teacher All about teaching creative writing. Some creative writing exercises. Access this here.
Books Books Books Weekly offers on our books and news of new books. Find them here.
Happy reading and writing.