From 23 August, The Pigeonhole is serialising an innovative creative-writing handbook by literary consultant Claire Wingfield. Here Claire tells us about how the book came about. And read on to find out about some fabulous prizes for subscribers!
52 Dates for Writers began as a series of exercises and examples to help the novelists I worked with overcome common obstacles so they could push through to new developments. The dates are designed to get you away from your desk and offer a welcome spark of something fresh and unexpected when revising a second or third draft of a familiar manuscript. They also help unstick writers who have lost confidence and encourage those just beginning a project to carve out some time for playful exploration.
I’m thrilled to be working with The Pigeonhole to serialise all 52 dates, along with some special extras, and I am excited to discover how this new format changes the text. For this edition, the dates have been reshuffled, and what began as a toolkit for helping writers revise their novel drafts has broadened to appeal to writers of short stories and narrative non-fiction, as well as those new to writing.
Serialisation will allow writers across the world to be completing the same writing dates at the same time – and hopefully sharing their stories with one another to spur each other on. The creative potential of writing collectively like this is very exciting to me, and I look forward to hearing from the writers and reading some of the work resulting from their writing dates. We will be encouraging writers to leave comments within the text of the serialisation as well as posting photos, sketches or whatever else has been sparked by the process using the #52datesforwriters hashtag.
We’ve also chosen some special prizes for lucky Pigeonhole subscribers who post a review of 52 Dates for Writers after the serialisation. Thanks to all of the companies below for taking part.
1. A gorgeous gift box from the Blind Date Book Company
Includes a Blind Date Book, a mug, a flattened spoon bookmark, handmade Shrewsbury biscuits and tea, coffee or hot chocolate.
2. A unique digital image to promote your own book, designed by Dan Prescott of Couper Street Type Co. (As an example, Dan made this one for 52 Dates for Writers.)
3. A copy of Mslexia’s Guide to Indie Presses.
Full of wisdom about progressing your writing career, it also includes a painstakingly thorough directory of submissions opportunities. Mslexia are giving away five copies to lucky Pigeonhole reader-reviewers.
4. A place on either my Submissions Bootcamp or my Book Marketing Toolkit. These online courses give you my full support and professional feedback as you submit your manuscript to publishers and agents or build your author profile.
- Subscribe to The Pigeonhole serialisation of 52 Dates for Writers at www.thepigeonhole.com/books/52-dates-for-writers. (There are 150 free subscriptions up for grabs, so be quick and claim yours soon!)
- After the serialisation, review 52 Dates for Writers on your own blog, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com and/or Goodreads.
- Send the link(s) to your review(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org before 3 October 2016. Each review posted will earn you one place in the prize draw (two if you post on a blog!), so if you have previously reviewed the ebook edition on Amazon.co.uk, for example, you can still enter by reviewing on your blog, Amazon.com and/or Goodreads. Participants will be added to Claire’s monthly mailing list. Winners will be picked randomly and allocated a prize by The Pigeonhole.
The serialisation of 52 Dates for Writers begins 23 August. There are twelve staves in total, and readers will receive one new stave every three days.