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.
If it’s successful I shall
certainly run it again.
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
books for children
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
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
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
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
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
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
They do overlap a little but here is a summary of what they
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.
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.
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
A Publisher’s Perspective
Here I blog as a publisher. Access
The Creative Café Project
Listings and reviews of creative
cafés. See them her
Find these here
Gill James Writer
All about writing and about my books. View
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.
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