Despite my skills in rocket science easily trumping my IT ones, I managed to build this website. (To be fair the host’s design package makes it idiot-proof.)
One reason for its genesis is an interest in the online course I’m running, entitled ‘The Art of the Short Story’. So if you think your writing group (or it can be tailored to the individual) would benefit, pop over and have a look.
Full-length manuscript appraisal isn’t something I’m particularly interested in doing (there are a legion of companies out there offering this service – some good, some not so), but I am offering detailed feedback on short stories – again have a look at the website. Over the last few years I’ve almost been brought to tears by some potentially great stories, submitted by the several-hundred-load to the journal or its competition, only for them to fall flat at the last hurdle. And if you’re in a pile with 600 others, yours had better be flawless to warrant a second read. Yes, a lot of it is subjective, but the mistakes people make are surprisingly uniform.
In other news I’m appearing at Appledore Book Festival this year. I grew up in the village, so it’ll be a little strange performing in the hall I remember most for furtive snogs during primary school discos.