My story ‘Flatemate Wanted: Smokers Welcome’ has been accepted for publication in this year’s Crime Writers’ Assocation anthology ‘Guilty Parties’.
I submitted my story back in August 2013 and was told that I’d probably hear back in November if I was successful. I heard nothing so, when an email from Martin Edwards (the editor) arrived the other day, I assumed it was the obligatory ‘thank you so much but…’ It wasn’t. It was good news. I’m in! I couldn’t be more chuffed. People assume that, when you’ve had a few novels published, you’re brimming with writerly confidence but, from my experience and having met a lot of other other authors, that couldn’t be further from the truth. We’re riddled with insecurities!
So yes, this news couldn’t have come at a better time. I’ve just started re-drafting my second psychological thriller and a little boost to my confidence is just what I need to attack it with gusto. This is the calm before the PR/publicity/marketing storm when ‘The Accident'(UK)/’Before I Wake'(US) come out in April and June so I need to rewrite as much as I can while I can.
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Well done! Lots of novelists (ahem, not mentioning names) can’t, in my humble opinion, write short stories but you clearly can! You have every right to be chuffed!
That’s great news Cally. Well done.
Helen – thank you. I started my career writing short stories and think it’s excellent preparation for learning the craft of novel writing.
Kelly-Marie – thank you. X
Well done, Cally!
Great news, well done Cally.
Thanks Bernadette and Jebjork