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ABCtales Critiquing Service - good reports!

Over the years many of you have asked for a critiquing service and it has taken a long time to find (a) someone good enough to do it well and (b) someone who will charge what we regard as a reasonable fee. Finally, we've done it! Lorraine Mace is a freelance writer, columnist and tutor for the Writers Bureau. Winner of the Petra Kenney International Poetry Competition (comic verse category), Lorraine's fiction, features and humour have appeared...

Dan Coxon

Some may have seen me mention Tales from the Shadow Booth in the past. These were anthologies of speculative fiction (very good ones too), but are no longer taking submissions and haven't been for a while. However, Dan Coxon was the man behind them and, as he says over on twitter, he has had an idea for a new anthology. I suggest any spec fic types on here keep an eye out for what he comes up with.

All the President’s Men, BBC 4, BBC iPlayer, writer William Goldman and director Alan J. Paluka.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000rgnx/all-the-presidents-men This is an old film, with impossibly young actors. But the same old story of corruption and cover-up, we’re more familiar with now. The 45 th Un-United States President could say with some justification that he could ‘stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot someone and not lose any votes’. He was partly right, and always wrong. Let’s leave the twice impeached President...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Two stunning picks for you today - big congratulations to mark_say for 'The Wet Afternoon of Ravilious' which is our Story of the Week, and to Kilb50 for his exceptionally moving 'To a Lone Sailor' which gets my pick for Poem of the Week: https://www.abctales.com/story/marksay/wet-afternoon-ravilious https://www.abctales.com/story/kilb50/lone-sailor Last week's Inspiration Point was such a success I'm going to leave it up for another week - here...

'No Good Deed' By Ewan Lawrie. A Review

Very pleased to announce the publication of No Good Deed by ABCtales’ very own Ewan Lawrie. With no preview copy, he kept us on tenterhooks to the last, so those of us who pre-ordered are mostly where Tony Cook is: ‘Ewan Lawrie's new book 'No Good Deed' arrived through my letter box yesterday. It's the follow up to the excellent Gibbous House, a Gothic romp of mind blowing proportions. I can't wait to get stuck into it to find out what Moffat...

FREE Josiah and Archibald!

No, they haven't been locked up (yet!) My two hapless Undertakers have their latest collection of stories, Grave Expectations, available FREE for one day only (Thursday, 21st January, 2021) and, as many people on ABCtales have been kind enough to read their stories and comment on them, I thought you might appreciate a 'heads up' as our transatlantic cousins insist on saying :-) Even when it's not free, it's just the ridiculous price of 99p but,...

the world doesn't need another novel

"Publishing is a business, not a charity." went Kenneth (not his real name) on a phone call recently. Through lockdown 2020, I completed my latest novel. And I decided after six years of independent publishing to try my hand at pitching it via the conventional route. Carefully selecting the agents who handle this genre (crime), I began to follow the submissions process and track each submission on a spreadsheet. The first thing that became...

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'SILENCE IS GOLDEN'

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"Polly Wants A Cracker'

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by Ewan Some wonderful work on the site this week. Everyone should pat themselves on the back. Story of the Week is bhi’s ‘The Anatomy of a Death’ -as intriguing a beginning of something as I’ve ever seen. https://www.abctales.com/story/bhi/anatomy-death Poem of the Week is #Peel Park, New Year’s Eve# by Ralph. Evocative, memorable and not a word wasted, it’s an affecting read. https://tinyurl.com/PeelParkNYE Many congratulations both. I...

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