Saturday, 29 April 2017

Event at the Old Pint Pot

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Dear all,
In case you didn't get the newsletter:

I’ve arranged for a get-together in the summer in Greater Manchester as promised. I’ve picked a venue in Salford for this as Salford Stories came out in the last year and Neil Campbell’s collection of short fiction will be out by then. Both feature The Old Pint Pot, so that’s where we’ll be on 3 June 2.00 until 4.00. Even more appropriate, it’s right by the University of Salford and many of us have a connection there as well. 
 

You can book your place here.(https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bridge-house-chapeltown-celebration-red-telephone-celebration-tickets-33776672938)   It is free but ticketed. You may invite a guest as well. Invite as many people as you like and promote like mad. Wouldn’t it be great if we  “sold” all 200 places? Our London events generally attract about 50 and it was touch and go last year. We “sold out” We’re at the same venue this year but we may have think again for 2018.
 
If you would like to read, let me know by return.  
 
 
Generally we have:
  • general mingling
  • cash bar
  • an opportunity to buy books at an advantageous rate    
  • “speed-dating”  where you get to speak to as many people as possible in the room i.e. promote yourself to readers, swap tips with other writers
  • author readings
  • latest news from me  
  • collection for a local charity
  • big book swap (bring one of your other titles and take something else home – hopefully all will be reviewed. If you bring a non-writing friend they can just bring a book they love)  
    Hope you can all make it! See you there?
Gill James

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Gliterary Tales - call for submission

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For 2017 we want stories that shine, stories with a little sparkle, a touch of magic or a sprinkle of pixie dust. We like the unusual or the unexpected in the usual, so let your imagination run wild. This will be a collection of 'Gliterary' tales, so make them glitter.

We open for submissions for a yearly anthology of short stories on January 1st each year until March 31st.

New writers, established writers and writers we've included in other anthologies are all equally welcome.  

Timeline
Submissions accepted January 1st until 31 March
Editors' decisions By 30 June or thereabouts!
Editorial 1 July until 30 September
Book design and early marketing 1 October until 14 November
Book release 15 November
Celebration event 2 December

How to Submit
Please send your submission as a Word attachment to editor@bridgehousepublishing.co.uk
In the body of the email say a little about yourself.
In the subject line, please put your name and the title of your story.
Texts should be:
Between 1,000 and 5,000 words
Previously unpublished
Double-spaced (Please do not put an extra double-space between paragraphs but do indent new paragraphs – use the Word paragraph settings to set this up)
In a regular font – e.g. Times New Roman or Arial, 12 point
In the header include the name by which you would like to be known and the title of the text. In the footer please include your legal name and full contact details, including your preferred email address and telephone number. Please use the header and footer function in Word to create headers and footers.     
Please add a third person bio at the end of your text – between 50 and 70 words and include a URL if you wish.
Please adhere to these guidelines even if they sound pernickety – it really helps us if you submit this way. Although we wouldn’t necessarily reject your story if it was fantastic and you’d done something a little out of kilter, if you’re borderline or your story is very similar to another this could be a deciding factor.     


Author Compensation

 We offer royalties of 7.5%  on the net price of  print book on the and  50% of the profit of the e-book.

 You may register for ALCS and PLR (British and Irish) pro rata.

We offer author discounts of 25% on all Bridge House Books and sister imprint, The Red Telephone, in hard copy. So you may order multiple copies of your own books or mix and match with others. For orders of 5 or more we waive shipping costs – normally £1.00 per book. With your first order of 5 books we include one free copy.

A word of warning
Anthologies of short stories do not sell in vast quantities to the public – even when they include higher profile writers. We actually now have a mixed profile of writers – and actually the better known writers sell less well to family and friends than new writers.
You must also bear in mind that if you are in an anthology with 23 other writers a small profit is going to be divided.   
Immaculate records of royalties are maintained and money for royalties is kept in a separate bank account. We currently have over 300 authors on our books. We pay our royalties once a year for the period of 1 January to 31 December by the 31 March of the following year and only after an author has accrued £10.00 or more. We only issue statements in this case though are happy to supply information if you request it. This is simply because of the amount of time administration takes. Some of our authors who are proactive and / or published in multiple anthologies do earn a reasonable amount. Many authors opt to donate their royalties to one of the charities we support.


What else we do for you
Get your work out there
Help you to get a new line on your writing CV
Edit your work well – our editors are experienced writers and editors
Promote your work as much as time allows 
Give you lots of tips about how you can help to promote your work
Invite you every year to the celebratory London event  




Saturday, 24 December 2016

Day 24: Winking at Angels by Elizabeth Cox

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1.      What gave you the idea for Baubles story? 

I thought about when I was widowed at a relatively young age. How everyone, especially family, is supportive, but you feel isolated and different. You don’t want to be ‘granny’, even though you are one. You need something to spark your life again, to give you back your independence, to give you courage to start again. Why not a wink from an angel, when you’re feeling vulnerable, to make you feel part of life again, to make you feel like a woman again?


2.      How would you describe your normal style of writing? 

I don’t know that I have a ‘normal’ style. I’ve written quirky stories and serious stories. My poetry is quite personal, and I use natural images taken from the world around me. I wish I could write political poetry about world issues, but it’s not in me, even though I have strong opinions on most things. I think my poetry is gentle and lyrical and heartfelt. Now, I’m writing a novel set in c991 featuring Anglo-Saxon society during the Viking raids and drawing on my knowledge of Old English literature. I also have another novel on the go which is set in the area around Carcassonne and the Pyrenees. Is a psychological murder type story, with some romance. As you can see I have a ‘butterfly’ mind and many interests.


3.      Have you published other material?  

Winking at Angels is my first short story to be published in an anthology, but have published a short story The Giraffe I Knew Before You on CafeLit website and a poem, Evening in Early May published in the Save the Rhino Anthology. I have published an academic book, Gender, Time and Memory in Medieval Culture, for which I was co-editor and contributed an article on memory and the women in Beowulf.  


4.      Do you have a writing routine? 

No I don’t have a routine, as I work all week in an ‘ordinary job’. I write, when I have the time and opportunity. My best time to work is late afternoon, no ‘lark’ here. But, I never stop thinking about ideas and making notes. I managed to write a short story and a chapter of my novel while in France recently on holiday.


5.      Do you have a favourite place for writing? 

I have my own desk in the corner of the dining room near the window, with all my favourite little things, close to my overflowing bookcase.


6.      Tell something quirky about you. 

I don’t think I’m a very quirky person, but I have a fascination with hawks and falcons. Could be because I’m a medievalist, and no self-respecting lady in medieval times would be without her gerfalcon on her wrist. I also have spent very enjoyable times shaking my coins and beads as a belly dancer, a wonderful excuse to wear ‘over the top’ dangly earrings, and I’m told I do a good ‘shimmy’. 

Extract from Winking at Angels 



Grace fought her way through the Christmas crowds slipping and sliding along the wet pavements. She shivered and pulled her cashmere scarf around her neck against the sting of the sleet and wondered what had possessed her to leave the warmth of her cosy log fire on such a miserable day. It wasn’t as if she had any shopping left to do. She’d bought a power drill for Martin, a cookery book for Alice, Heaven knew she needed it and all kinds of the latest fads for the grandchildren, not that they would appreciate them. And what would she get in return? She knew that wasn’t the point, but she shuddered to think what impression they had of her when they bought her granny slippers and Old English Lavender bath salts. As she struggled along through the rising wind, the smell of frying doughnuts from a nearby stall made her feel quite nauseous. All around her voices laughed and argued, as shoppers scurried around searching for that perfect gift.

Grace was a handsome woman, in her early fifties, not exactly slender, more what you would call comfortable. She had black, softly waving hair, which always refused to be tamed by the hairdresser, and the softest, blue eyes which crinkled at the corners when she laughed. Paul had always said they were her best feature. She still missed him, even after all this time. Today, she was dressed in a wraparound black woollen coat which covered her from head to toe. Regretting the fact that she had left one glove at home, she thrust her left hand in her coat pocket, as she strode along.

She’d just had to get out this afternoon, even though the weather was disgusting. She was feeling lonely and knew that she would soon be wallowing in dreadful self-pity, if she stayed indoors. Since Paul had died, she had felt so alone, never fully part of the human race, always the spare person living on the edge of other people’s worlds. To the casual observer she had recovered well. She had a good job as an office manager, a lovely home, a close and loving family and many friends. But no one understood this feeling of being rudderless, of being outside and not belonging.

It was Christmas day tomorrow, and she was expected at Martin and Alice’s for the holidays. She dutifully went there every year, and they wouldn’t hear of anything else. However, it had got to the stage, where she would rather spend it on her own, but they certainly would not let her do that no matter how much she protested. Where was her courage! She loved them dearly and her son, Martin was good and considerate but rather dull and set in his ways. He was only thirty-two but already older than the world, and Alice, well Alice was a kind girl and a good mother to the children, Jake and Sally, but she still believed in ironing Martin’s socks. They made it very clear that they disapproved when Grace went to Italy on her own. She chuckled, when she remembered Martin’s concern, “Mum you won’t be safe. Someone might steal your purse. You might be attacked.” “Or worse”, Alice had piped up. As if she had suddenly become unable to look after herself, just because her husband had died. They would think she was being ‘stupid’ for wanting to spend the day alone; just becoming one more thing for them to worry about. She would be happy to visit with the presents, have a drink with them and then leave them to their own lives. But they couldn’t understand that. She loved them so much, and she didn’t want to upset them by being too dogmatic. She was still relatively young and needed to have her independence. She’d be old and more dependent soon enough.

All this was rushing through her mind, when her eye was caught by some sparkling gold angels in the gift shop, strung like baubles across the steamed up window as if in flight. She stopped to look. The shop was like Aladdin’s cave with so many glittery things on display, but the angels were heart-stopping. They were painted gold with halos of soft spun hair and robes made of honey-coloured iridescent cloth. Their wings were made of the softest-looking white feathers which called out to be stroked. But it was their faces which were so arresting. They were so calm and full of grace, with their green painted eyes which seemed to look directly at you. From the shop doorway the sound of a choir singing, It came upon a Midnight Clear, washed over her, and she could feel her eyes welling up with tears which began to trickle down her cold cheeks. “They’re only dolls for heaven’s sake, pull yourself together,” she muttered, angry at herself, wiping away the tears with her one gloved hand.

  

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