1. The Bad News
I’ve not had much luck with my stories in the last couple of weeks.
For example, THREE rejections on one day from Woman’s Weekly, in what can only be described as an ‘email-of-doom’ and then, just as I was picking myself off the floor – WHAM! I was hit with another one a few days later…Aaaagh! (sorry, I’ve gone a bit ‘comic strip’! WHAM, BAM.. err… KA-POW!! There, got it out of my system).
Anyway, it seemed like quite a lot of work down the pan, at first but I’ll just have to rewrite them or tweak them and do something else with them, won’t I?
It’s not because she’s a complete genius, (although of course, I’m sure she’s talented!). No, she is, by her own admission, working very hard, submitting lots of stories and not giving up or getting downhearted when the (plentiful) rejections come in. There’s a message there somewhere!
2. The Good News
But there is good news too.
Namely, (small drum roll), I am one of the 10 winners of the Mumsnet/Walkers Books Children’s Bedtime Story competition!
They had 350 entries so I’m very pleased to be ‘chosen’ and my story will be published in the book (and illustrated!) which is coming out in the Autumn. Exciting stuff!
What’s weird is, I really want to be a fiction writer/novelist and I’ve had the most success, so far, with poetry and children’s stories! Does anyone want to swap?
But I’m not complaining, of course. The £500 prize will come in very handy too. I’ll have to find out if I have to declare that to the tax man! Does anyone know? I’ve read conflicting reports. Some say, if it’s a competition and you haven’t paid to enter then no, it’s not taxable but other articles I’ve read say yes, if it’s skill-based and constitutes part of your ‘income’ then you have to declare it. Pah!
And finally, I am not the only ‘winner’ around here… Jacqui Cooper left a message to say she’d won the January Writers Bureau ‘first paragraph’ competition, ‘The Year the World Burned’.
Well done, Jacqui!
This is the fourth person who’s won a Writers Bureau correspondence writing course from this blog and/or my classes now! So I’m now expecting it to happen every month.
Don’t forget to get your entries in for their love poetry competition which ends on 28th Feb!