Reading about writing

My copy of Mslexia has just arrived in the post.  If you’re not familiar with it, I can heartily recommend it.  It has a huge variety of articles and tackles everything from poetry to writing scripts for corporate videos.  A mine of information (spot the cliche!) on competitions, courses, what’s on the radio and the internet about writing.   Contributors include writers, agents, publishers… no I don’t have shares.  It’s just b****y brilliant. 

This edition has a major feature on blogging as a marketing tool for authors, so that’s my bedtime reading sorted out for tonight.

On the subject of reading, I’m thoroughly enjoying the current Granta.  An imaginative friend  gave me a year’s subscription for a birthday present.  This quarter’s theme, ‘Best of Young American Novelists’, is not only educating me in same but is proving a great read.  There is too the serendipitous extra interest that the editor Ian Jack lives for part of the year on Bute.   

PS I had a great weekend with my cheese shop pals who have won the north of England/Scotland section of a prestigious industry award and will go to London as one of the three national finalists. 

2 Responses to “Reading about writing”


  1. 1 Joan Lennon September 1, 2007 at 2:53 pm

    I would really like to read that article on blogging for authors in Mslexia. What month/which edition is it in? I’ve been getting a kick out of writing my blog – it’s good fun having permission to sit down and talk about yourself and your writing once a week! – but there is NO DOUBT a lot more to it, to do it right.

  2. 2 alisonwriting September 2, 2007 at 8:19 pm

    Two issues have featured blogging – no 28 Jan-Mar 2006 and no 34 Jul-Sept 2007. I have a friend who does all sorts of whizzy things – http://www.blethers.blogspot.com


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