Browsing among my bookshelf recently, I spotted a book by my blogging friend Lynn Hackles. Writing from Life is all about how to turn your life into work that will sell.
It was interesting to read that Lynn had her first acceptance by Woman's Realm, same as me. My letter was about garden thistles which looked unsightly. As a gardener, I try to find a beauty in all plants. For instance it's the emblem for Scotland. Maybe someone from Scotland lived in our house before us, I doubt it though as this was a really ugly thistle. I cut them, dried them in the shed, then sprayed them silver, and they were a unique Christmas decoration. That letter earned £5.00.
Lynne's book is full of tips and great advice such as keeping a track on what you send out, where you've sent it and shopping for characters. I'm lucky as I work in a shop. I call it 'the little shop of inspirations.' A lady came in the other day, one of those who looks like a man dressed as a woman, in a tight leopardskin coat, fake tan, tons of jewellery, bleached blond hairdo. She was looking for someone, then went on to tell me she was 'bursting' for the toilet. She seemed a bit strange to me, so I sent her along to the hairdressers up the way. I thought of Writing from Life, and immediately knew she would go in the little book when she'd gone.
There is so much information and useful chapters to the book. Every writer should have a copy on their bookshelf. I'm sure everyone has it already. If not, I would recommend it highly. Thanks Lynn for writing this.
After reading Lynn's book, I wrote a couple of letters and sent them out. Surprise surprise, today I came home to a £20.00 cheque. I've had to make an enquiry as to which letter it is. Will keep you informed. So now I have a character for my next story. Watch this space...