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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

You're invited! Book launch for THE PAPER MILL GIRL


You're invited! 

There's to be a virtual book launch for THE PAPER MILL GIRL via The Word National Centre for the Written Word in South Shields on March 18th at 2pm. 

From the comfort of your sofa, please virtually join me there!   

All details including how to sign up and join in are here.

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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Coronation Street Weekly Update, Jan 16 2021


I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street update has just gone live here.

And if you'd like to support the Coronation Street weekly updates to keep them going (please), you can donate here
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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor


Friday, January 15, 2021

Elvis, sunrise and roses - my writing week


This week I've been working hard, continuing to write my current work in progress. It's my seventh novel set in 1919 in the coalmining village of Ryhope, where I was born and bred.  As yet, it's untitled, and I'm almost two thirds of the way through the first draft. It's rough and raw at this stage, and the second draft will see it polished and made shiny before a third draft, maybe even a fourth, sees it being sent to the publisher before the deadline of end of May.


Also, this week was a very special week as something happened that I've been looking forward to for months. My publisher Headline sent me the cover of my sixth novel The Miner's Lass. I'm over the moon with it, the heroine looks exactly as I pictured her and the background is superb.  

 

Elsewhere this week I was featured on Sunderland University's news page after they invited me to share my lockdown experiences with them.  Why Elvis? And why so many of them? All is revealed in the link below.



Something happened this week that really cheered me up. I was in the middle of cleaning the kitchen (an author's life isn't all glamour and prosecco) when the doorbell rang. There was a delivery, a box of flowers for me. I wasn't expecting flowers, I mean, who does? What a lovely surprise to receive a bouquet of roses and freesias, my absolute favourites. The bouquet was a new year's gift from my literary agent, Caroline Sheldon. How gorgeous the flowers were.


And speaking of things that have cheered me up this week, I've been walking a lot on the beach during lockdown. I'm lucky that the coast is right on my doorstep. This week the sunrises have been stunning and a morning walk sets me up for each writing day ahead.

I crafted another episode of my weekly soap opera Riverside for The People's Friend magazine. I've been writing Riverside weekly since 2016 and you can find out all about it here.


And finally, I wrote another Coronation Street weekly update and sent it to my emailing list of thousands of Corrie fans around the world. I've been running this list since 1995 and if you'd like to sign up to receive these weekly updates, all details are here.



See you next week.

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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Cover reveal, The Miner's Lass



I've always loved the strong, dramatic images of all of my books. They reflect the strong, dramatic women that I write about and the strong, and you've guessed it, dynamic, stories that I write. 

And I know it's wrong to have a favourite, it's like choosing a favourite child. But, I really like this one a lot.  

It's the cover for my novel The Miner's Lass which comes out in ebook, hardback and audio in May this year and in paperback in October.  

The Miner's Lass features my most innocent heroine yet. She's called Ruby and she's a gem... but oh boy, do I put her through hell.

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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Twelvis and Tea - my lockdown diary for Sunderland University



Sunderland University was where I studied journalism as a (very!) mature student. They asked me to let them know what I've been doing during lockdown. 

It involves a performing group of 12 Elvis impersonators (Twelvis) and plenty of tea. 

You can read it all here.

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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Saturday, January 09, 2021

Coronation Street Weekly Update, Jan 9 2021


I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street update has just gone live here.

And if you'd like to support the Coronation Street weekly updates to keep them going (please), you can donate here

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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Friday, January 08, 2021

Swapping genres, loving libraries - my writing week


This week I received the sort of news that every author likes. Each time a book is borrowed from a library, the author receives a small fee from Public Lending Rights (PLR). Those small fees add up and this week I received my statement for the last year, up to June 2020. The money received means I can go mad and have chips and rice for tea.  Seriously though, thank you very much indeed to every reader and each library, because money earned from PLR means a great deal.
In other news this week, I was invited by Sunderland University to write a lockdown diary and let them know what I'd been up, as an author. I wrote about how having time on my hands last summer meant that I turned in my saga novel to publisher Headline well ahead of schedule. This left me free to write a fun cosy crime called Murder at the Seaview Hotel.  

My lockdown diary went live on Sunderland University's staff and student site, which isn't available to read by the public, but here's the fantastic picture they used. Why Elvis? And why so many of them? All is revealed here.


This week has very much been a week of two halves. The first half was spent polishing the edited manuscript of Murder at the Seaview Hotel before returning it to Headline this week. I've been working hard on the tricky structural edits for the last couple of weeks. 

And then, somehow, I had to turn from murder and cosy crime to carry on writing my new saga (title tbc) set in 1919. I found this more difficult than anticipated and a lot of faffing ensued. Changing from one genre to another was tricky, and so I left a couple of days before picking up the threads of my saga again. Of course, once I started writing again, it's like I've never been away.


Also this week I started planning promotion and PR work for my novel which comes out in paperback in March, The Paper Mill Girl.  


I even made a very short (30 second) video to share on social media. Put your sound on, there's music!


While the book's publisher Headline takes care of some PR, as all authors know, the bulk of  promotion for our work falls squarely on our shoulders. I can do as little or as much as I like. After working hard researching and writing for months on end, of thinking about little else while I'm immersed in my work, of course all I want to do is make a song and dance about my books when they're released. Who wouldn't?  However, it's not easy and I don't really know what I'm doing. Plus, all I want to do is write stories, not press releases. I find myself reliant on others, brilliant people, friends and ex-colleagues, who do know what they're doing. I'm fortunate to have these supportive people in my life. 

This time around, I've also enlisted the help and advice of a PR professional who's on Twitter at @HypeThatPR1  Not only does she take care of promoting my books, she gives me so many ideas for more way to promote the book that I can do on my own, things I've never considered. I've already arranged an online talk on the day of the book's release. More details to follow.

I also had time to send off two short stories to women's magazines this week.  These weren't new stories, as I don't have time to write short stories at the moment. They were old stories that I've rejigged and refreshed and made relevant to what the magazine is looking for. There's no guarantee they'll be accepted, however.

I crafted another episode of my weekly soap opera Riverside for The People's Friend magazine. I've been writing Riverside weekly since 2016 and you can find out all about it here.


And finally, I wrote another Coronation Street weekly update and sent it to my emailing list of thousands of Corrie fans around the world. I've been running this list since 1995 and if you'd like to sign up to receive these weekly updates, all details are here.



See you next week.
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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Saturday, January 02, 2021

Gritting my teeth and getting on with it - my writing week


It's been another intense week as I tackle the structural changes to the first of my three cosy crime novels, Murder at the Seaview Hotel.  

Structural changes to a novel are the really big edits that an author needs to make. We're not talking about dotting i's and crossing t's here. We're talking about moving huge passages of text around, deleting others, inserting more. We're talking about tying up loose ends, bringing things together satisfactorily for the reader, explaining, showing, leading the way so that the reader doesn't feel lost.  It's hard work but necessary and well worth the effort in the end. But yes, it's very hard work.


 It's set in a Scarborough B&B called The Seaview Hotel and a group of twelve Elvis impersonators  (Twelvis) arrive but one of them is found dead and his blue suede shoes have been stolen. Just what is going on and who has murdered Elvis? Find out more at http://bit.ly/CosyCrimeGlendaYoung

In terms of actual sitting down on my backside and writing, I crafted another episode of my weekly soap opera Riverside for The People's Friend magazine. I've been writing Riverside weekly since 2016 and you can find out all about it here.


I also wrote another Coronation Street weekly update and sent it to my emailing list of thousands of Corrie fans around the world. I've been running this list since 1995 and if you'd like to sign up to receive these weekly updates, all details are here.


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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Coronation Street Weekly Update, Jan 2 2021



I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street update has just gone live here.

And if you'd like to support the Coronation Street weekly updates to keep them going (please), you can donate here
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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Coronation Street Weekly Update, Dec 26 2020


I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street update has just gone live here.

And if you'd like to support the Coronation Street weekly updates to keep them going (please), you can donate here

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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor
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