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Saturday, January 30, 2021

Coronation Street Weekly Update, Jan 30 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 29, 2021

Resisting, donating, short stories & chocolate - my writing week


This week I am one chapter closer to finishing the first draft of the novel I'm currently writing. It's another saga, set in the northeast village of Ryhope where I grew up. It's a really great story, with some wonderful characters. What's surprised me most, and wasn't planned for at all, is the friendship that has arisen between an older woman and a young girl. I love it when surprises like these arise in my writing, it seems the characters often tell me (I know that sounds daft) where they want their stories to go. 

One more week and I'll finish the first draft. It's tempting at this stage to rush to the finish line, to write THE END and be done with it before going back in for a second draft, adding and taking away. But I resist the temptation to rush. I write slowly and regularly, little and often, four days a week, allowing myself Fridays and weekends off.
In other news this week, I sold two short stories to The People's Friend magazine for publication. Before you think to yourself that it's easy for me to get published, let me tell you that while the magazine took two stories for publication, they also refused one. It wasn't right for the magazine at this time and as I was given feedback, when I next have free time I may change it to submit elsewhere.


Also this week I ran a competition to win a signed copy of my novel Pearl of Pit Lane, chocolates and bookmarks. 

You have until 5pm on Weds 3 Feb 2021 to enter.  All details here.


During lockdown, there's been little to spend money on. There's been nowhere to go and nothing to do and so I've been able to donate to charities and organisations close to my heart instead. This week I ordered a large shipment of my novel The Girl with the Scarlet Ribbon and these will be distributed by Ryhope Community Centre around Ryhope, the village where the novels are set. The books will go out with a weekly afternoon tea for elderly residents and those self-isolating. In these horrible times, doing something like this really lifts my spirits and the feedback from readers is worth every penny. 


As a writer, I've been shocked and saddened by news reports of some school children being unable to access home-learning because they haven't got a laptop or device of their own. One little boy was even using his mum's phone to do his home-schooling. I've today donated to the Cash For Connectivity campaign to ensure those most at risk of falling behind in home-schooling can stay in the virtual class.

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

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

COMPETITION TIME! Win a signed book, chocolate & bookmarks


Would you like to win a signed copy of my novel Pearl of Pit Lane set in the northeast in 1919, a bar of Terry's chocolate orange & some lovely bookmarks? 

To enter see pinned post at http://facebook.com/GlendaYoungAuthor 

Competition closes at 5pm on Wednesday 3 February 2021.

Good luck.  

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

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Coronation Street Weekly Update, Jan 23 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

Books and a bouquet for Valentine's Day!


What could be better than books and a bouquet for Valentine's Day! 

Place your orders now for delivery with Ryhope Florists Sunderland on Facebook, or through their

Friday, January 22, 2021

Virtual book launch and other people's novels - my writing week

This week I've been chopping and changing the writing plan for my current novel in progress as I'm now just three weeks away from ending first draft. As I spy the finishing line in sight, I need to make sure that all loose ends are  tied up, all characters are being given the send-off they deserve and the story falls neatly into place. 

A lot of planning is needed, I feel, at this stage, so that nothing gets overlooked. It's a first draft, of course, so things might (and will) change, but it's good to bring the loose strands together as best as I can right now.  There's been a day or two of planning and the rest of the week spent on writing. I'm fully immersed in this novel, I like it a great deal and my heroine is one like no other I've written before.


With the end of writing my first draft in sight, this week I rewarded myself by ordering the ultimate luxury - novels for me to read.  I've ordered Actress by Anne Enright, Strange Flowers by Donal Ryan and The Mermaid of Black Conch by Monique Roffey. I've read all of Roffey's books so far and adore them while the other two authors are new ones to me.  As much as I LOVE writing my own books, I'm looking forward to downtime and reading other people's words.


In other news, my new bookmarks arrived which look stunning. They have all five covers of my novels published to date plus the new one which will be coming out this year.  If you'd like a bookmark sent to you in the post, let me know by leaving a comment below.


And I've been invited by The Word (National Centre for the Written Word) to give a virtual book launch for the paperback release of The Paper Mill Girl. It takes place on Thursday March 18th at 2pm. 




I had a fun short story called Fabric of Life published in My Weekly magazine. More on that here.

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

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Short story in My Weekly - Fabric of Life


I've a short story in My Weekly magazine this week and it's called Fabric of Life. 



Stumped for writing inspiration one day, I asked my husband: "What shall I write about?"

He replied: "Tea towels and the memories they hold." 

After I stopped laughing at him, I began to write and the result is beautiful, funny and sharp.

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

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
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