The Purpose of Clarendon House Publications and the Inner Circle Writers’ Group
My purpose is to present YOU, the writer, the person reading this right now, with a career path to success as an author, leading you from wherever you are on that path at the moment to as close as you can come to the goal of achieving a fulfilling and potentially lucrative role as a teller of stories. If you are already achieving that, I am here to point you towards an even bigger goal.
There is a whole spectrum involved here: you might be stuck in a set of circumstances which prevent you from acting upon your dream to be a writer; you might be beginning to write, but lacking in confidence and direction; you might be striding ahead with your work, perhaps getting published on occasion, but need to know where to go from there, or maybe you are in need of professional services. Or you might simply want advice on marketing - or anything in between.
1. By setting out for you in as simple terms as possible the principles of successful fiction as revealed by master authors through the centuries, including modern TV and film screenwriters, in the form of
a) free gifts for your immediate use and application
b) books and courses through which you can learn to master those secrets (like the book How Stories Really Work or the How to Write Stories That Work - and Get Them Published course, and other materials)
c) individual consultancies to address lifestyle (so that you can get more writing done) and marketing (so that you can sell more of your books)
d) personal tutoring through the Clarendon House Master Author Programme (a select programme of studies open to only a few students each year).
2. By providing you with as many opportunities to have your own work published through
a) an ongoing series of short story anthologies which lay out a career path towards becoming a professional writer, giving you exposure to the public not only in the stories themselves but with associated marketing
b) a series of paid anthologies - this means collections of your short stories upon which Clarendon House Publications will pay royalties
c) a set of professional services including beta reading, editing and proofreading as well as formatting and independent publishing advice.
3. By managing an effective, positive, free and helpful writers’ group on Facebook, designed to stimulate, entertain, focus and enhance your storytelling capabilities and your life as a writer by providing an active, bright and helpful community of fellow writers and professional authors.
My objectives are
a) to empower unique, individual authors capable of having a distinct effect on their surrounding cultures and communities
b) to bring together a community of disparate talents in order to sponsor ongoing and energetic artistic creation
c) to foster the growth of a positive and potentially life-changing aesthetic movement.
What does that actually mean, though?
There's a tendency in our culture to demand that we place our attention on abstracts and on things far away, about which we can effectively do little. It almost seems, in fact, that there is a global scheme to direct our attention and focus away from our immediate environments and the needs of those around us and to place it instead on vast and lofty insubstantialities which will in practical terms come to nothing, leaving us bereft and feeling overwhelmed and very small in the universe. I don't think this is actually a 'scheme' or a 'conspiracy', but I do think it's a cultural tendency. That's because we are in the middle of a broadly Ironic period in history, about which you can read more in How Stories Really Work. What that means in practical terms is that we are often distracted from what is real and right on front of us to a large degree.
As writers, as part of the above 'potentially life-changing aesthetic movement' (a grand, abstract and distant cause, at first glance), our job is really to focus on the next work, the next chapter, the next sentence, and the next reader. Grand social movements only occur when enough people make movements with their fingers across keyboards. Those people don't have to have the same ideas, write in the same way, or share the same beliefs - they just have to be honest, look around them, and write from their hearts.
That's why the Inner Circle Writers' Group exists; that's why Clarendon House Publications is doing everything it can to lay out a pathway to professional publication for you, the person reading this, even if you've been published elsewhere.
Does that all sound ambitious? Maybe it is. But at the end of the day, this is all about YOU, not me. I will create as much of a trail as I can for you within my limited resources, and I invite you to walk down it as far and as quickly as you wish.
If you’d like to know more about any of the above, feel free to contact me at