For the last three decades I’ve been published every month in the UK’s best-selling magazine for writers, Writing Magazine. If you’ve found your way here after seeing my advert in Writing Magazine or reading one of my articles, welcome!
My most recent feature article, published in the April issue, is an interview with the novelist and writer-director Andrew David Barker about how a writer can become a filmmaker. I have worked with Andrew on several of his projects, most notably his award-nominated short novel Dead Leaves. For Writing Magazine he uses examples from his feature film, A Reckoning, as well as his award-winning shorts Two Old Boys and Shining Tor to show how writing skills are transferable to film-making.
Looking back a little to last year, the July issue featured my article on ‘Real World Building’, while in the June edition I wrote about ‘The Ideas Tree’, or how to never run out of inspiration.
Meanwhile here is an inspiring story about how my articles for Writing Magazine recently fed back into my editing work. In October I received an email from one of my clients, Mona Callister, whose first novel, Footsteps on the Path, I had just finished editing. Mona has kindly allowed me to reproduce part of her message here:
‘In an attempt to tidy the room that I write in, I came across a back issue of Writing Magazine left open at a page with an article on writing a novel which I had found extremely useful. It was the guidance I needed for the stage where I was at that time. I had underlined chunks of the article and I can remember referring to it often. I’m afraid the author’s name did not register with me at the time, but it does now, because of course it was you.
So you see, you have already had an input into my writing, unbeknown to me and obviously fate – or far more likely my buried subconscious – has led me to choose you to edit my completed manuscript! I was amazed at the coincidence when I found it the other day, and just thought I would share it with you.’ (The article was ‘What’s it all About?’ published in the August 2016 issue of Writing Magazine.)
Mona also wrote:
‘I am very pleased and impressed with all your edits and accept and agree with practically every one so far. You have accessed my story and characters in a way that I hope to achieve with other readers once published.’
When I wrote back and thanked Mona she replied:
‘Further tidying of my room uncovered two more of your articles (also left open at the appropriate page and with underlinings) namely ‘Parallel Lines’ in the June 2014 issue and ‘People Power’ in the January 2017 issue, confirming that the coincidence was very probably due to my subconscious storing your name, as it is a few years since I last referred back to previous magazines.’
She also kindly noted, ‘I’m glad you were as excited as me over the coincidence of my choosing you as editor.’
I certainly was excited. Not only is it great to know that my articles have really helped someone in their writing (freelance writers hardly ever get feedback from readers) but it was fantastic to know that my articles for Writing Magazine led Mona to choosing me to edit her novel.
Other pieces for Writing Magazine over the last couple of years have included my profile of the fantasy and science fiction author Stephen Palmer (The Conscientious Objector, The Factory Girl Trilogy), a guide through all the myriad decisions you need to take to decide the best way to tell any particular story, the question of how much grit to put in your story, editing a NaMoWrMo novel, finding the right character names, different styles of screen dialogue, the pros and cons for a writer upgrading to Windows 10, and writing lessons to be learned from the screenplay of the science fiction classic, The Terminator. I’ve enquired as to ‘what do readers want?’, explored what really compelling fictional characters have in common, and offered a guide to developing a five year writing plan.
Now you’re here take a look around and see what I can do for you. Take a look at my portfolio or blog, then send me an email or call me (details in the box on the right) or use the contact form. I’ll be delighted to hear from you and provide you with a no obligation quote for whatever services you need.
If you don’t know Writing Magazine yet but are a writer looking for new markets for your work – from literary magazines to genre outlets open to submissions in Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Crime, Romance, Historical and must else besides – check out my monthly news reports. I cover everything from print magazines and e-titles are looking for great new content, through news pieces on the latest publishing imprints, writing competition announcements, award results and just about anything else related to the world of books, writing and magazines. For details about the latest issue click here. Below you’ll see a few more samples of my work for the magazine and then a selection of recent covers.