Thursday, 23 November 2017

A Platform for Welsh Authors - OR - Authors with a Heart for Wales.

   Do you tick any of these boxes? 
  • A self published Welsh writer.
  • A self published writer living in Wales.
  • A self published writer living anywhere on the planet with a heart for Wales.
  • An aspiring writer who falls into any of the above categories.
If so then this blog has been written specifically for you.
The question you are probably asking is WHY?

SIMPLES!

To give fellow aspiring and self published writers a helping hand - however small.
It's something I did with another blog - Kindle Authors
Here's a sample of some posts:

I feel there is a specific need for writers based in Wales as my experience has been quite negative to date. The established literary scene appears something of a closed shop. Even if you are published by one of the established Welsh publishing houses there is little done in the way of marketing. It comes as a shock to many aspiring authors that the majority of promotion for their book rests with them. This blog will attempt to help writers get to grips with promoting their work.
The situation was brought into sharp focus by Welsh author Julian Ruck in his article:
 
When I approached the magazine that claims to be the foremost literary magazine in Wales and asked them would they review my novel the response I received was, "It doesn't sound like my cup of tea". I pointed out to the editor that as the publication was heavily subsidised by the Welsh Arts Council was it not incumbent upon her to at least read the book before passing judgement. I received no further response.


In 2013 Ceri Shaw (AmeriCymru.net), Gabriel Becket and I launched ETO, a bi-annual anthology entitled ETO for, I quote:

". . . writers who are Welsh, based in Wales, have Welsh roots or simply harbour a love of Wales and all things Welsh."


I included a list of contributors to Volume 1 on a Kindle Author blog post though some of the links on the page have since been removed. "ETO: Birth of a Magazine"
We produced two publications but unfortunately the project has stalled. A shame because it really did offer a great platform. 

Several members of our local Tonypandy Writers Group had short stories included. They even got a mention in Wales Online. We have now started publishing our own anthologies, the first in memory of one of our founder members June Bacon.

I firmly believe we have to help ourselves and each other. So if you would like your book, and yourself, featured on this blog all you need do is contact phil@talesfromwales.net
Once www.talesfromwales.net is fully up and running your books will also find a permanent home.
I am open to suggestions but here are mine:
  • a blog (talesfromwales) that will feature you and your books.
  • opportunities to provide guest posts
  • a website (talesfromwales.net) that will advertise your work and also house any free samples  such as short stories or book extracts
  • video trailers - this is a topic I will write about on the blog
  • audio samples and downloads
  • potential to sell you book from the site with links to Amazon, Smashwords etc
  • with your permission we could publish our own anthologies that would provide another platform for your work as with ETO
If you have any suggestions please email me at phil@talesfromwales.net
Also I would like to know if there are any specific topics you would like me to blog about - or find an expert who can!

Although I assume this blog and website will be of most interest to Welsh writers there will undoubtedly, and hopefully, be exceptions.
Sarah Woodbury is a case in point.
I met Sarah in Portland, Oregon at Wordstock. You can read the post I wrote about it here:


Sarah Woodbury is an Oregon girl extremely proud of her Welsh ancestry and given the fact both her parents are historians it was almost inevitable that when she eventually succumbed to the writing bug her genre would be the historical novel. Fortunately her visit to Wales was to prove a catalyst in the context of her development as an author and consequently she has written a whole series of novels set in medieval Wales

Sarah is one of the new breed of authors who realises the importance of self promotion and has been extremely effective in using social media to get her books noticed. She has sold over 150,000 copies and has a following of loyal fans, including me! Sarah did not sit back and wait for an agent to ride by on a white horse and wave a shiny contract in her face. Her success has been down to hard work and a willingness to take responsibility for her own success. 

It's up to us to do the same.
    

The Gareth and Gwen Medieval Mysteries

    

Thursday, 9 November 2017

A Christmas Ghost Story

Who doesn't love a Christmas ghost story?

Probably the most famous and well-loved Christmas ghost story of all is Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol'

I love Dickens and being Welsh share his passion for social reform. So much so I decided to write a modern adaptation (A Manhattan Ghost Story: A Christmas Carol Revisited) in honour of the great man. It was also an attempt to explore the social issues he might well have confronted were he still alive. His voice is needed today as much as it ever was. 


Although I can never hope to match his literary genius I could at least attempt to express  the concern and outrage he  would have felt living in the 21st Century.


This YouTube video trailer will give some idea of the issues set within the context of a Christmas ghost story. The video also includes an interview with Roy Noble and author Nigel Crowle when I appeared on Roy's Reads - a feature now sadly discontinued. It was a great platform for aspiring or self-published authors.




To my delight a staged adaptation of A Manhattan Ghost Story was performed by the New York City Bar Entertainment Committee at a charity event in Manhattan on 12th December 2012. I was delighted to receive this email from Francie Scanlon (Entertainment Secretary)

"Did you hear the applause in the middle of the Welsh night!We did!  Attention was paid to your singular contribution to tonight's Program.  It's wondrous how everything works out and still Life shall never be taken for granted.  Please e-mail me your mailing address - I want to post to you momentoes from the Program.  My best regards and deep appreciation for your considerable personal artistic expression."Francie Scanlon


It's not what you think!

If you're into Christmas ghost stories and want to purchase A Manhattan Ghost Story don't let me stop you - but that's not what this blog is all about.
I have discovered as an aspiring author that it's easier to find recognition abroad than in the UK - especially Wales. The market for my educational products is almost exclusively in the US. I Brexited years ago!
In my experience Wales is, to a great extent, a closed shop, for new and aspiring authors. 
We need to help ourselves and each other.

ENTER TalesFromWales.net

There are many talented writers in Wales.
  • Some aspire to become full-time authors.
  • Some enjoy self publishing as a hobby.
  • Some would like help with the process.
  • Every writer wants a platform for their writing.
For years I've run kindleauthors.blogspot and featured many self published authors and their books. (Click on the link to read one of the more technical posts).
At one point I collaborated with Ceri Shaw (Americymru.net) to produce a bi-annual anthology.  
Sadly ETO appears to have hit the buffers. 
That is why I am creating www.TalesFromWales.net as a home for self published and aspiring writers who are Welsh, based in Wales, have Welsh roots or simply harbour a love of Wales and all things Welsh.


What Will Tales From Wales Offer?

  • A site that will feature you and your books.
  • A site from which you can sell direct if you wish.
  • A site that will offer help and advice via this blog - responding to your questions and requests.
  • A site that enable downloads of your free short stories or extracts to help you get noticed.
  • A community of aspiring and self published authors.
Unity is strength it's also good business sense.
Potential readers and customers are more likely to visit a site where there is plenty of choice. Think how take-aways cluster together in city centres.

If you want more information or just express your interest please email:

philrowlands@talesfromwales.net

TalesFromWales.net will be fully functional very soon - FOLLOW to get the latest update.

A Platform for Welsh Authors - OR - Authors with a Heart for Wales.

    Do you tick any of these boxes?  A self published Welsh writer. A self published writer living in Wales. A self published writer l...