Life post retirement
goes on. I still say it’s more of a career change than retirement per se. Do writers and other creative practitioners
ever actually retire? I’m certainly very busy. I’m doing many things that I did
before but not the admin. I’m my own boss, which I’m enjoying.
upping all of my marketing strategies. I’ll shortly be sending out an email via
Sprint Mail. It’s an expensive
option but I’ve found it very effective in the past.
are European continues
to get more followers. I do want others to write for this, so do take a look if
you love Europe – whether you’re Brexit or Remain. I want your articles poems, short stories. Do
submit! Instructions are on the site.
We’ve also published Salford
and actually managed to get it out on Shelagh Delaney Day.
are the winners of the competition we ran last year. I’m now considering making
this an annual event and running a parallel event for school children. We have
a page for this book too. See it here.
We’re also looking at doing some single author collections.
These are for authors we’ve already published. You may recycle stories we’ve
already included in another anthology, and you may reedit these if you wish.
You may also add in new stories. We’re aiming at a total word count of between
30,000 and 80,000 words.
If you’re interested in this, contact me here.
If you’re a Bridge House / Red Telephone / CafeLit / Chapletown
author and you want to get serious about book tours, consider our author’s kit.
We provide twenty books you take to the bookshop and the bookshop can put these
through the till. We then invoice the bookshop, with a 35% discount for any
sold and top up your supply to twenty. A the end of the tour you can either pay
for the remaining books at cost + 10% or keep them until you’ve sold them and
then pay the normal price of 75% of RRP. The latter can in any case be set against
royalties. You need to allow at least ten days between events. Contact me here
if you’re interested
We’re all very much looking forward to the Bridge House / CafeLit
celebration / launch that we’re holding on Saturday 3 December. Alas, this
event is now full.
We haven’t quite decided on the theme for the 2017 anthology
but Debz and I will be discussing that on Saturday.
We’re running an extra one. Citizens of Nowhere. The stories will all be about the global
citizen. You probably get the drift. We’re
partly commissioning and partly having open submissions. Watch social media and
this newsletter for further details.
always open to submissions. Find out how here. I’ve
been encouraging my students to submit. I’m beginning to see some of their work
The Best of
CaféLit 5 is now available. There are some lovely stories in this. I’m very
pleased that I have a story in this collection. Order your copy here.
We’re setting up the Advent Calendar of stories again and there
are gaps. I’ll fill them by recycling stories from previous years or using one
or two of my own. All of the stories we have so far are rather on the dark
A few more cheerful ones would be
very welcome. Submit your Christmas story between 100 and 3,000 words here
We’re currently looking for collections of Flash Fiction.
See our submissions page here.
two writers signed up already and I’ll be putting out one of my collections as
well soon. I’m also currently reading a third. Take a look here.
looking for new cafés. If you visit one
of the cafés in the project
and would like to write a review of between 250 and 350 words – nice, too, to
have a couple of pictures – send it to me here.
Do the same if you find a new café.
I’m now going to send out a welcome letter to each new café
that’s added. This will also offer them the opportunity to join the mailing
I’m also now proactively encouraging cafes to stock The Best of CafeLit. Do you know anyone who
might like to stock it? We can offer a 35% discount to retailers. Query gill at
cafelit dot co dot uk.
I’m proactively 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. I’m offering this half price to first six schools to apply. Contact
I’m now adding in materials for schools. See them here
Query for a school visit here.
I am also happy to do standard author visits which include
readings from my books, Q & A sessions and creative writing exercises.
Costs= travel expenses plus £400 for a full day and £200 for
a half day. This includes all materials and some freebies. Tow school near to
each other might consider splitting the day and halving the travel expenses and
fees. This is open to negotiation in any case.
The Red Telephone
We are currently
open for submissions. Hoorah! We’re looking for the next great YA novel. Check
out the details here.
We’re particularly open to speculative
fiction but we’ll also like anything that is well written and
well-targeted. I’m currently reading a
couple of full submissions. I welcome others but send sample chapters and synopsis
first. The full details are on the site.
I’d like to remind
you of our new enterprise - something between a mentoring system and an online
course. Though publication is not guaranteed, we will at least look at your
full book if you’ve attended one of the courses. We’re offering it for free to
a few people at first. We’ll refine as we go along based on feedback from our
clients. We’ll then continue to offer it at a discount for a while before going
to full price when we’re completely happy with it. We’re not sure what the full
price will be. Again, we’ll be guided by our current clients. Find out more here. Four people have now signed up. Room for one
more. We’re running out of space so if you’re hesitating, now is the time to
make your mind up. We look forward to
hearing from you.
I continue to make good progress on Shooting Hitler.
being serialised. The cover makes this theme quite clear. The novel is can now
be found on Channillo. You may read it here.
the second in the Schellberg circle. All five stories cover roughly the same
period and are very much happening in and associated with Nazi Germany and the
Holocaust. They can be read in any order. The stories overlap to some extent
but where they repeat we see the happening form another point of view. For
instance The House on Schellberg Street
is mainly about a young girl, Renate, who comes to England on the
Kindertranpsort. Clara’s Story
about her grandmother. Girl in a Smart Uniform
explains how at least one German girl associated with the story became a Nazi –
and then gave it all up. Shooting Hitler
is Renate’s mother’s version of events. In The
we learn about what happens to Renate’s
Coming soon: a read through of J K Rowling’s The Cursed Child. Watch this space and
social media for details.
This month I’m
giving away a copy of all three books in my Peace
Child trilogy. Message me via Twitter = @GillJames. You can have these
either as mobi files for Kindle or as hard copies.
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, sing up here.
Happy reading and