It’s getting nearer…
The world’s most exciting writers’ magazine.
Many of you have heard of it; hundreds of you are talking about it; dozens of you are planning to submit things to it; and a whole load of you have said that you would subscribe to it. It’s only going to cost you £2.00 a month (that’s roughly $US2.60) -less than the price of one cup of tea in a shop, for all the tremendous and lasting value that each issue will contain.
So, how does it all work?
Let me say first that I am planning to launch the magazine early in 2019. Hopefully, this will be in January or February. But a lot depends on your help.
The magazine will contain many, many things of great interest to you, including:
Main Articles (about such things as writing tips, dealing with self-doubt, detailed analyses of successful writing, personal experiences and successes from writers , favourite reading, advice for new writers starting out, specialist topics, studies of particular books or genres and so much more)
Short Stories of any genre, maximum length 5,000 words
Ongoing serials - which means that there is no set maximum length, if you think about it…
Excerpts from work that you are ready to share, with feedback
Interviews - would you like to be interviewed? Don’t be afraid! The questions will always be sympathetic and aimed at encouraging readers to delve into your work. If you would like to be the subject of one of these in-depth interviews, please let me know.
Submission Information - by which I mean the latest hard information on where to submit your stories or novels all over the world, updated with what’s new, what’s trending, what’s not and so on. The magazine will be as close as possible to a ‘one-stop shop’ for writers looking to build a career from their work.
Advertisements - there’ll be plenty of space to advertise your work with full and half page ads, as well as smaller classified ads, all for very reasonable prices and with special discounts and so on. As it’s an electronic mag, you’ll be able to add links too. More details on ads and rates soon.
Analysis -I will look closely at the writing of master authors and tell you what is working and why, in enough detail for you to learn from it. You’ll get mini-classes in the methodology described in my book How Stories Really Work, as well as advice based on the work of top writers.
Tips, Advice, Hints
Quizzes, Competitions, Jokes
Cartoons and Comic Strips
Specialist articles about topics like the role of settings in fiction, the nature of characters in ongoing serials, the ways style can be used to create emotional effects, and so forth.
If you have anything that you think fits into the above broad categories, you are welcome to submit it. Now.
Or anything else which you think may be of interest to other writers. Get to it.
Just email your submission to me:
If you have artwork or an ad, I will need images of a high resolution.
As I say, more details will appear very soon about advertising rates.
Before I go any further, I must say that there will be far more value packed into each issue of this monthly magazine than you might be expecting, and certainly more than its £2.00 cover price would suggest - BUT I am also going to offer a pre-launch subscription deal which will mean that you will be able to sign up for 12 issues for the price of 10.
That’s right: for only £20.00, you will be able to subscribe to a year’s issues.
Details and links will appear soon so that you can take advantage of this offer. Once the magazine is launched, this deal will probably no longer be offered, so please pay careful attention and make the most of it.
Once the magazine reaches 1,000 subscribers, I will pay cash for accepted contributions.
As I have said elsewhere, building up numbers of subscribers is going to take time, even with all your help. By getting your writing friends to subscribe, you can contribute to creating a paid avenue for your own work in the future. But it will probably be a few months before the 1,000 target is reached.
Until then, what I can offer you is awards.
Anyone whose submission for a major article or featured short story is accepted will receive a free copy of my How To Write Stories That Work - and Get Them Published e-course, valued at £395.00 (that’s about $516.00 US) - though the course is currently available from Lulu at only £117.96 + VAT (Sales tax).
As you can read on the website, the course is based on my book How Stories Really Work and is all about the physics that makes 'hero's journeys', three-act structures, character development and all those other things work in fiction. It contains the principles that lie behind almost all other writing advice you'll ever read about. The course doesn’t just tell you about getting published, it walks you through the entire process. It teaches you how to become an independent publisher empowered to print and distribute your own work from the moment you complete it.
The course includes personal feedback from me on your work at key points. You can read more about the course here.
Lesser contributions will earn free professional beta reading commensurate with the size of their contribution.
Special contributions will receive a hand-drawn portrait based on a photograph of their choice. Samples of my artwork can be seen here.
I want the magazine to expand so that it reaches more and more writers - and I want it to be packed full of value so that each and every issue is eagerly awaited as both a tool for forwarding each writer’s career and as a source of enlightenment and entertainment. But I want everyone who contributes to it to flourish too.
When we get to 1,000 subscribers, I’ll offer the following:
£100.00 for a lead story or article.
£50.00 for a designated secondary story or article.
£10.00 for a huge slice of other contributions.
What’s more, if we can get to 2,000 subscribers, I will double all of the above and possibly go further than that.
So what should you do now?
And stand by for further details about how and where to subscribe!
If you have any questions, please email me
Onwards and upwards!