EP. 23 | CHARLEY BARNES ON using writing time as a reward

There are some days when working on fiction becomes my reward system around getting X amount of jobs done from the day-job list.

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When you have to combine your writing career with another job, the usual struggle is to carve the time out to focus on your craft. Most of us will try to start writing before the start of our day job. But what if we did things the other way around?

For crime author and Creative Writing lecturer Charley Barnes, her precious writing time is the reward after a hard day at work. Delaying the ‘pleasure’ (we know it doesn’t always feel like that!) of sitting at the desk to focus on her own fiction projects seems to help her productivity and motivation. Have you ever tried something similar?

Listen to this extract to find advice on:

  • Being a writer and a Creative Writing lecturer
  • Finding motivation to sit down to write after working on your day job

Connect with Charley:

Website / Twitter / Instagram

The Wandering Bard podcast is also available on Spotify. You can also find us on Twitter at @TheWBmag.

EP. 12 | yvonne battle-felton on finding the right publisher

There was a publisher who loved the writing, loved the story, but didn’t fall in love with the characters. Which is fine, what can I do with that? Well, I don’t want my book in a place where people don’t fall in love with the characters. There were other editors that didn’t pick it because they thought it was going to be competing with another book they thought was similar.

yvonne battle-felton

In this extract, Yvonne Battle-Felton discusses her publishing experience and how she found an editor for her first novel, Remembered. This is a heartbreaking story about two sisters living as slaves in 19th century America, and what became of her lives once slavery was abolished. Yvonne wrote it as part of the Creative Writing PhD she did at Lancaster University, researching real-life letters and other documents which inspired her characters.

Listen to this extract to find advice on:

  • Knowing if you have found the right editor for your manuscript.
  • Submitting short pieces to magazines and journals.
  • Finding publishing opportunities such as the Northern Writers Awards, that Yvonne won in 2017.

I always research a publication before I submit regardless of what their call is, because I think there’s nothing worse than getting rejected from a publication that you haven’t even read… Look at what they publish because then you can see if that’s the sort of place where you’d like to see your work…. I’d never submit to a publication that I wouldn’t read.

yvonne battle-felton

Connect with Yvonne:

Website / Twitter / Instagram / Facebook

The Wandering Bard podcast is also available on Spotify. You can also find us on Twitter at @TheWBmag.