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The Scarborough Writers’ Circle, which has been going for over sixty years, exists to share practical writing experience, encouraging both new and more experienced writers.
We meet at The Oasis Centre, Castle Road, at 7-30 pm on alternate Tuesday evenings. (See programme details for dates and events)
We aim to be a friendly and supportive group, and if you are not already a member, but would like to write, then why not join us? You can come any time to a meeting as a guest, and if you decide to become a member you can join later.
Members should be able to use this blog as a reference, because dates, reports, competition details and members profiles will be regularly added. (If you want to add your details, such as a brief paragraph about yourself, your current projects, and previous writing successes, please contact us.
The range represented by our members is very wide. We have novelists and crime writers, magazine article composers, and some who write short stories. There are poets amongst us, and some like to write children’s stories. Family history is researched, and our visiting speakers have ranged from successfully published authors to publishers themselves.
Some of us just write for friends and family, and some try to earn money from their work. Whatever your interest, writing about it can be exciting and rewarding, so what are you waiting for? If you’re a member already – keep coming; keep writing! and if you have an inkling you might like to start, don’t wait any longer-come along, and get scribbling!
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Fantastic Books Publishing
At the meeting on Tuesday 15th April, our president, Bill Kitson, commented on the takeover by the larger publishing houses of the smaller independents. It was therefore a pleasure to welcome the speaker for the evening, CEO of Fantastic Books Publishing, Daniel Grubb.
Dan, a former agent, explained that his small independent company, established two years ago, began with a cookery book when he realised that many old family recipes risked being lost. From his experience within the industry he expanded into other genres including crime, poetry, children’s, science fiction and fantasy, producing books in both digital and paperback formats.
His business model is simple; fairness to authors. His aim; ‘To achieve respect in the industry.’ Most publishers take ninety-five per cent of profits, but Dan believes this should work on a 50/50 split, as a fair division of labour, as without authors, there would be no stories, and without publishers, there would be no books. His authors agree to both sides contributing five per cent to charity. Larger publishing companies have attempted takeovers but Dan remains steadfast in his goal. He is currently working on the Elite books linked to a new computer game. His new division, Fantastic Books Audio, recruited actor Toby Longworth (Star Wars) as narrator and Dan intends, in time, to record the entire backlist.
During the Q & A, Dan advised members not to rely on their overworked publisher to publicise their work, but to use social media like Facebook, Twitter, etc., and their own author websites. His own website, www.fantasticbookspublishing.com is packed with information, including submission guides for would-be authors, competitions and the site will soon host a new bookstore.
The next meeting on 29th April, Geoffrey Wilson will host a session of Call my Bluff.
STOP PRESS – Scarborough Flare 2014 April 24th – 27th
Here’s a new one for your diary from Julie Fairweather ….
All tickets cost just £3.00. Some events are free. Telephone (01723 384523) or visit the Scarborough Flare box office, Woodend, Tuesday to Friday between 10.00am and 4.00pm. You can also contact us through the website, which gives dates, times and details of each performance, on http://www.scarboroughflare.co.uk