I am of This Land, the sixth book in my Schellberg cycle is now on its
way out to publishers though I shall eventually publish it via Chapeltown if need
I’ve started a new Peace Chid book but am already thinking
about another Schellberg one.
I’ve had one story on CafeLit: The Last Human, https://www.cafelitmagazine.uk/2022/09/the-last-human-by-gill-james-black.html
An old man is determined to remain 100% human.
On Talking About My Generation I have an article about Neighbours a soap I’m now missing. https://talkingaboutmygeneration.co.uk/saying-a-sad-good-bye-to-neighbours/
I’m offering a new way for you
to obtain a copy of my YA story about grief: A Gallery for Nick. See details here: https://ko-fi.com/s/a3c2e95b3f
On My Blog
This month I again
have several interviews with other writers. Tony
Domaille, and June
Webber talk about being published in The
Best of CaféLit 11
Domaille and Neta
Shlain talk about being published in The
Knox chats to us about her CaféLit serial, The
I also discuss time in fiction: https://www.gilljameswriter.com/2022/09/time-in-fiction.html
The Young Person’s Library
This month I’ve added:
Forget You by Jamila Gavin This is a YA text that tells the story of
four feisty young women during World War II. It is partially based on some events
that actually happened.
and the Bats by Emma
Reynolds is a picture book though a little sophisticated for
pre-school. It addresses climate change.
Girl by Rebecca Elliott Another pre-school text. It has lovely illustrations
and deals with loneliness.
Current reading recommendation
Pünd, who may remind you of a certain Belgian detective. Then
comes the twist. A much more intriguing story and even more bizarre murder are hidden
behind this story.
Note: these are usually mobi-files to be downloaded to a Kindle. Occasionally there are PDFs. This month I’m offering a mobi-file of So Now You’re Published, What Next
What could you /
should you do now that you are published?
The last thing most writers want to do is spend a lot of
time on marketing. Yet books don't sell themselves by magic, no matter how good
they are. Publishers do what they can but time and money is limited, and
inevitably they have to move on to the next project. If you can adapt a few
useful routines, especially ones you find palatable and fun, you'll hardly
notice you're doing it. There are heaps of useful suggestions here and handy
check lists to keep you on track.
So, kick-start your marketing with this handy little volume.
Find out more. Grab
your copy and lots of other freebies here.
And please, please, please leave a review, perhaps on
Amazon, Good Reads and / or Story Graph, when you’ve finished.
Note: Normally my
books and the books supplied by the imprints I manage sell for anything from
£0.99 to £10.99. Most on Kindle are
about £2.99 and the average price for paperback is £7.00. Writers have to make
a living. But I’m offering these free samples so that you can try before you
The Schellberg Project
The posts may be helpful for teachers who are familiar with
the Schellberg stories or who are teaching about the Holocaust. They may also be interesting for other readers
of historical fiction.
Sometimes I also write about what might be useful to other
I’ve added three posts this month.
Forget You by Jamila Gavin, also mentioned above, shows us
some of the roles young women took on during World War II.
I look at the role
of the Resistance
in Germany, which will also feature in the next Schellberg book that I write.
I’ve continued to talk about my working process again in Drafts
14, 15 and 16 - does it ever end? where I describe killing
off my darlings, the overall flow (aka the read aloud edit) and presentation.
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,
Chapeltown 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.
The Bridgetown Café Bookshop where
you can buy my book and books published by Bridge House Publishing, CafeLit,
Chapeltown Books and The Red Telephone.
Visit us 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. Book recommendations and giveaways. Find it 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 and some other editors 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
Gill’s Recommended Reads Find information here about books that
have taken me out of my editor’s head and a reminder of the ones I’ve
highlighted in this newsletter.
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. I also invite other writers to provide
prompts and work for critique.
Books Books Books Weekly offers on our books and news of new
books. Find them here.
The Young Person’s Library The children’s
book catalogue. Access it here.
Fair Submissions Find
Opportunities for writers are added several times a day. Roughly once a
month I send it out to a list. If you would like to be on that list, sign up here.
Happy reading and