WriteWords is celebrating today! Just as the celebrations for Scotwil's Yeovil win are calming down a little, longstanding member of the Childrens' Writers group Eve26, otherwise known as Eve Ainsworth, wakes us all up again. Eve has signed a two-book deal with Scholastic, and Seven Days will be published in March 2015. Congratulations Eve!
As she says here, : "5 years of trying, hundreds of rejections and some near misses ... And I really wouldn't have done without you guys. This group is fab. It kept me going when I was low and helped me keep my writing fresh and on point. So THANK YOU!"
Another cause for some cheer is the news that Waterstones - the UK's only countrywide chain of bookshops - is working its way back to health, as CEO James Daunt describes it. As ever, WriteWorders have their views.
And although self-publishing is an increasingly popular and viable way to get your writing out into the big wide world, that does, of course, mean a proliferation of services aimed at helping you do just that. How do you tell the vanity presses from the companies who honestly provide a range of services, and decide what you do and you don't need and want to pay for. And how do you tell which would suit your project best? Writers & Artists Yearbook has launched a comparison site, where you can put in what you want to do, and get a list of suitable companies. Once you've had a look, you can click through for a quote. For anyone who's trying to grapple with contracts and sizes and unit costs, that's cause for celebration.