End of Week Round-up #20
18 March 2022
Another week of very little reading and blogging, partially my own fault as I’m spending a lot of time playing a console game which is something I’ve not done for a long time! (Elden Ring if you want to know).
I’ve only been able to read another golden oldie, a comfort read, ‘The Neon Court’ by Kate Griffin. So still playing in the world of Matthew Swift and the Blue Electric Angels.
What I’ve been up to this week and other news.*
A week of two halves really, first half was playing on my console as my concentration was shot, then the second half was clearing my email folder and getting the information onto the various blogs.
One is the little review and offer further down the newsletter, the rest has been adding more information to various pages and more importantly, replying to people who’ve emailed me (though I still think I’ve got some problems with my email.)
There is only one new Author Q&A this week, find out more about Lisa Fantino, a writer of crime thrillers.
Strong Words Magazine is offering a discounted annual subscription for my followers and newsletter subscribers.
The subscription offer is: the whole year for £45 (that's nine issues that retail for £6.95) plus a free back issue. The code for this offer is INDIE22 added when you get to the payment subscription page.
Keep going for a review of Issue 33 and my thoughts on the format.
Recently added bookshops and publishers.
Atlantis Books, New Zealand (bookshop)
Bell, Book & Candle (online bookshop)
Bladnock Books (online bookshop)
Calon Books (publisher)
Yare Books Ltd (bookshop)
plus a dozen or so more.
Submissions and applications.
Bath Short Story Award, up to 2200 words on any subject or theme, closes 11/04/22
époque press, an e-zine on the theme of ‘Withdrawal’, closes 31/03/22
Knight Errant Press, looking for various genres and themes, closes 01/09/222
Truffle Magazine, submissions open for Issue 5, not sure of closing day yet
Young Scot’s Writer of the Year, all genres all media, under 1000 words or five minutes, closes 24/06/22
BookTastic BookFest, around Bedford, between 04/07/22 and 10/07/22
Burford Literary Festival, more information to come, SAVE THE DATE: 22nd – 25th September 2022
Cambridge Literary Spring Festival, around Cambridge, between 20/04/22 and 24/04/22
Deepings Literary Festival, various venues between 27/04/22 and 01/05/22
York Literature Festival, various York between 18/03/22 and 27/03/22
New and upcoming book releases.
I Am Not Your Eve – Devika Ponnambalam – Bluemoose Books (24/03/22)
The Thief Who Sang Storms – Sophie Anderson – Usborne (31/03/22)
Lief the Lesser and Hell – Robin Bennett – Monster Books
Dare We Be Dragons – Barry Falls – Pavillion (07/04/22)
Glory – NoViolet Bulawayo – Chatto & Windus (07/04/22)
Nothing has been added by me recently, will be catching up with this over the next few days
Strong Words Magazine - Review
I was sent a copy of Issue 33 to see what I thought of the magazine and the format.
Strong Words Magazine is a dedicated book review magazine that comes out nine times a year, and generally has about 100 reviews per issue.
Amazingly all the reviews are done by one person, Ed Needham, I did think this may have been the case as the voice was consistent throughout the magazine.
It makes a change to see a magazine dedicating about 74 pages to writing reviews about books (OK it has a little bit on news and the writing process). The different sections changed the focus of the reviews and included author interviews, long reviews, themed sections, and small reviews.
I found the overall tone of the magazine light and friendly and the reviews were spoiler free but gave enough information on the book to base decisions on.
A really good read with a nice tone.
What’s happening next week?
"The cat could very well be man’s best friend but would never stoop to admitting it."
My main job for the week is to get a consistent style in the posts, especially the feature posts so that they all look alike so will be doing some update work on the blog.
I’ll also be setting up a design for ‘stub’ posts, these posts will have a brief description of the shop/publisher, contact details, and a gallery of public photos. This is to get the directory growing again.
It should also see the start of me contacting indie bookshops and indie publishers with a view to restarting the #PublisherProfile and #BrowseABookshop features to go along with the Author Q&A feature.
And, as always, if you have any news or offers you would like included in the newsletter please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get it on ASAP.
A reminder that a paid subscription to this newsletter is only the cost of a large coffee once a month. This helps with lots of things but right now it would help with domain and hosting costs for the various projects.
Thanks to the current number of paid subscribers I’ve been able to get a monthly subscription to The Bookseller. Cheers!
All information is going to continue to be free so this is just a thank you to me for collating and developing it all.
The links to the various projects can be found at: