Writing Clubs

The first part of this article was published on the Green Money Publications website on 06/06/2017. Here is the continuation. 

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Writing Clubs

Part Two

 The Business Side

As you are seeking to publish professionally, each member needs to bring an agreed monthly financial contribution to every meeting. They may, for example, pay in five dollars or five pounds at each session. The money accrued goes to the running of the club and eventual publication. Remember, this is a co-operative venture designed to develop writers and to help them publish their work and bring it to the attention of the wider world. You need to bear the following in mind:

  1. Monthly contributions should be affordable to all even if this means some writers, such as students and pensioners, paying less.
  2. Stick to the same date and time each month. For example, the second Saturday morning of every month from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  3. Have at least one person who will help collect and deposit the money into the group’s account.
  4. As this is a professional venture, ensure that all rules are known, agreed upon and stuck to. The group needs to clear about its aims and objectives and how it will attain them. Obtain signatures when it comes to attendance and money. It could save problems arising later on.

Publication

After a while, and this could be a few months or a year or more, the group should have produced enough short stories to publish in an anthology. Discuss the following if you have not already done so:

Who will collate the stories?

Who will edit them?

Who will help with layout and cover design?

This could be one or more people within the group or a paid editor may be asked to help in the processes of publication.

Also, have fun choosing a name and logo for your publication venture. 

NEXT    Will you publish privately and go for a small print run, or are the group aiming for something bigger? You might, for example, want to publish the book as an e-book and a print book on a platform such as Amazon. At least one of the group will be needed to do all the negotiations and help upload the work. Now comes:

Marketing and Advertising

I have been looking closely at the whole business of publishing through organisations such as Amazon. This is a long discussion in itself and I know a great deal has been written about it. My conclusion is that it is best to pay for some form of advertising. Amazon is a big business with millions interacting with it book sections. The best way to get noticed is to pay them to advertise. As part of marketing, have a group website and also do the now usual routes of making announcements on Facebook, Twitter, et al. Free community newspapers and magazines might be happy to do a feature on the group and its accomplishments.

NOTE: Before venturing onto these platforms, the group will need to spend a lot of time analysing exactly what publishing spaces such as Amazon, Smash Words and Barnes and Noble offer.

Novels, Novellas, Children’s Books, Autobiographies, Biographies and other Publications.

As writing and publishing are expensive to many, here is when being part of a co-operative can really help. When a writer has competed a novel, novella or other work, the group may add to its success by helping the writer publish and market his or her work. The money collected by the group could be used to cover costs such as editing and cover design as well as advertising. Perhaps it could be agreed that when the writer has made enough money to cover the costs of publication, he or she gives the money back to the group. Any income after that goes to the author.

Have fun being part of a writing group and building yourself and fellow members. May a great writing club and publishing success be achieved in bright gold stars by you and your group.  

VISION + STRATEGY + PERFORMANCE + RESULTS = HAPPINESS

With good wishes,

Andrew Pender-Smith

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Alicia Billington’s Best Cat

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A number of mysterious and potentially dangerous sightings and incidents were reported in England and Ireland some years ago. In ‘Alicia Billington’s Best Cat’ by Andrew Pender-Smith, the author has created a work of horror and suspense which provides a possible answer as to how these strange events occurred. To say more would  spoil the reader’s quest to solve a puzzle that, some say, has never been satisfactorily explained. After reading this short work of fiction, available on Amazon Kindle, you might be tempted to read more widely on what brought armed police out into some of the remotest areas of the English and Irish countryside as well as a few front gardens and backyards.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HZ4TY4Q

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So, who exactly was Alicia Billington? What did she do for a living and how did she become so closely attached to her cats?

De Green Monkee Says ”Happy Easter”

 

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De Green Monkee says ‘’Happy Easter’’

If like jus like me,

an my mad an crazy family,

you celebrate de Easter, I say

‘’Happy Easter’’ to you.

I wish you peace an happiness

at dis happy Easter time.

Don eat too many Easter eggs.

Watch de beer an wine,

or you might take one swing too many

an fall off de branch or

ka-boomps de-boomps onto your

bums right off de forest vine.

Keep de happiness, make friends wid all.

Dis not de time for fighting, fighting.

Now pass de peace an de monkee wine.

Happy Easter!

© Sebastian de Vervet

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De Green Monkee Speaks

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De Green Monkee Speaks

Pssssst! So babee,

you wanna know about

de green monkee?

You see me here.

You see me dere

when I swing frum

tree to tree

wid great agility.

When I’m eating de fruits,

or swimming in de jungle pools,

I’m tinking, tinking, tinking

because I got de hobbies

like dancing, writing, singing.

One big day I might be

de world’s most famous

dancing, writing, singing monkee,

but for now I chill, my brudder,

an enjoy de monkee beer

an eat de forest fruits, mon,

because life is cool, mon,

an slowly, slowly

I’m swinging, lazy, lazy

in dis forest tree.

© Andrew Pender-Smith and Sebastian de Vervet

Teachers and students are free to use this poem on the condition that the author is acknowledged.

De Green Monkee Speaks Again

I been tinking, tinking about

dis career business.

I don won anyone tinking I’m

just no swing-about.

Even when I’m drinking de best in

monkee beer,

my mind, my bro, is agile.

It’s workin’ absolutely clear.

If dis dancing, writing, singing business

is not de ting for me,

I’ll study a course in

monkee philosophy,

because my mind can jump from here

an’ my mind can jump from dere.

I dink I’ll run for president

or maybe monkee king.

Now it’s time for more beer, mon,

while I do my clever, clever tinking.

© Andrew Pender-Smith and Sebastian de Vervet

Teachers and students are free to use this poem on the condition that the author is acknowledged.

The Green Monkey is the brains, when he’s not drinking too much monkey beer and swinging from fruit tree to fruit tree, behind ‘Green Monkey Publications’. He’s the one who keeps a sharp lookout on its two authors, Andrew Pender-Smith and Craig Carden, to make sure they aren’t in the least bit slack and keep on writing.  His full name is Sebastian de Vervet but he is simply called ‘Sabs’ by friends and family. The top shows Sebastian as a baby with his parents.

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This photo is of Sebastian’s uncle, Uncle Herbert de Vervet.

A ‘High Five’ for Drama

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A ‘High Five’ for Drama

A ‘High Five’ for drama for every child in every school. I have taught, written about, and adjudicated drama in schools for long enough to know that there really is no greater teaching tool for helping children become well-rounded, confident adults.  See earlier posts for more of what I have said on the subject and to obtain poems that can be effectively used in the drama classroom. The photos in this post are here to illustrate the poem ‘The Jungle’ by Andrew Pender-Smith.

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The Jungle

The jungle’s alive with

jungly sounds:

Screeching parrots

and grunting tigers.

The beating of jungle drums.

The roar of a far-off waterfall.

The loud trumpeting of

an old, grey elephant

and the galloping hooves of a buck

as a growling lion chases him.

Run, buck – runnn!

                     ©    Andrew Pender-Smith

Teachers and students are free to use this poem. I hope they enjoy using it.

Once again I include one of my maxims: ‘A poem a day helps build vocabulary the easy way’.

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Lyrics, Narratives, Sonnets, Epics, Haiku and More…

Aftermath

The wind and waves boomed up the lagoon

crashing surf and sand over invisible rocks.

The fish were gone –

flailing fathoms deep

while gutted shells cracked and splintered.

The trees bent violently before being

snapped

over the roiling waters

as fishing boats spun and whacked

into brittle shards.

The once brightly painted hulls

were now no more as remnant after

remnant was snatched into the

savage tumult of boom and horrible roar.

Jagged out to sea or shore-bound as lightning

zapped and zithered from rock to black water

and scarred rock again.

When dawn coloured in, the place was almost silent

except for the little sighs of the wavelets,

barely significant in happy low tide.

And also, darting and blithely unconcerned,

lots of tiny fishes

liquid and  playfully light

swarming the carcass of a lost-eyed turtle.

Above them was the booted crunch of the

lone photographer

delighted with this series of newsy images.

They’d tell a story in

neatly framed pictures

of what he’d simply title

‘Aftermath’.

© Andrew Pender-Smith 2016

Lyrics, Narratives, Sonnets, Epics, Haiku and More…

A good development tip for a writer is to write poems in different poetic forms. It is a wonderful way of sharpening a writer’s thinking and communication skills. The discipline required in using a particular genre encourages the writer to make best use of it to express his or her thoughts and feelings. As an experiment, and I consider all writing to be an experiment, choose a theme or subject and try exploring it in three or more genres. In looking at the title of this piece, you will have seen some of the different forms are mentioned. I am convinced you will find that your abilities as a poet will have improved. The added benefit is that your abilities in all other literary forms will have been extended. Say ‘’Hello’’ to becoming a better writer of short stories, novellas, novels and plays. If you are unsure of how to create haiku or a narrative, to use two examples, read widely in the genre in which you wish to write and then write your own.  Andrew Pender-Smith

In Happy Celebration

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Both of these works are now available on Amazon as e-books. To find out more, click on the link below.

https://www.amazon.com/author/andrewpendersmith

Also just released is the poem ‘Aftermath’ by Andrew Pender-Smith. It is among a number of others to be included in the 2017-2019 syllabus of the Speech and Drama Association of South Africa.

Aftermath

The wind and waves boomed up the lagoon

crashing surf and sand over invisible rocks.

The fish were gone –

flailing fathoms deep

while gutted shells cracked and splintered.

The trees bent violently before being

snapped

over the roiling waters

as fishing boats spun and whacked

into brittle shards.

The once brightly painted hulls

were now no more as remnant after

remnant was snatched into the

savage tumult of boom and horrible roar.

Jagged out to sea or shore-bound as lightning

zapped and zithered from rock to black water

and scarred rock again.

When dawn coloured in, the place was almost silent

except for the little sighs of the wavelets,

barely significant in happy low tide.

And also, darting and blithely unconcerned,

lots of tiny fishes

liquid and  playfully light

swarming the carcass of a lost-eyed turtle.

Above them was the booted crunch of the

lone photographer

delighted with this series of newsy images.

They’d tell a story in

neatly framed pictures

of what he’d simply title

‘Aftermath’.

Andrew Pender-Smith

Note that copyright is held by the author. The poem may be used with acknowledgement.