Shhh, don’t ask about the money…
When you send an article or short story off, don’t ask how much they’re going to pay you in your covering e-mail/letter. This will put an editor off you and your work straight away. Wait until your work has been accepted and then you can politely ask about their current rates of pay.
Have a great weekend. Here’s my Friday Funny:
Thank you to everyone who showed me their limericks from yesterday’s ‘market of the week’. I really enjoyed them and wish you all good luck in the contest. If you’re not amongst the winners, try another one for them. After all, it’s free to enter so you have nothing to lose.
Anyway, onto this week’s challenge: 60-word stories please. I loved your 50-word stories from last week. Can you top it next week? Here are last week’s stories for you to enjoy:
Keith Channing is immersed in NaNoWriMo at the moment as his 50-word story featuring one of his main characters shows!:
Hannice didn’t know, when he inherited his father’s fortune, that he had a half-brother, the product of a liaison his father had enjoyed while at university.
Stephen had no legal grounds to contest the old man’s will, but Hannice gave him half a million anyway.
Good egg, that Hannice!
Lyn Bishop‘s character isn’t anywhere near as nice as Hannice!:
“It’s at times like this that sudden death is the only option,” she thought, “but not my own obviously.” She sighed, so much work to be done in such a short space of time, but plans needed to be made to bring Terence into line, and sooner rather than later.
Geoff Le Pard sent in a trio of animal delights:
Many of you will know that I have a soft spot for limericks and have featured them a few times on my blog. A US paper, ‘The Saturday Evening Post’, is calling for your best limerick about an image featured in the paper. To see the said image, click on the following link:
Entries are accepted worldwide. $25 dollars goes to the best one. The winning entry is published in the paper as are several runners-up.
Previous winning entries can be viewed if you follow the above link.
You’ll have to get your skates on – the closing date is December 3rd 2014. It looks like they feature a new image and limerick competition every other month, so if you miss this one keep your eyes open for the next one.
Perhaps this isn’t technically a newspaper story, but it made me laugh so it’s definitely my ‘Funny of the Week’:
It seems like it’s taken forever, but the paperback edition of my collection of short stories, The Siege and Other Award Winning Stories is now available to buy through Amazon, Waterstones On-line and other on-line stores. It can be ordered through all book stores and selected retailers are stocking the book. After several requests for signed copies (why anyone would want my scrawl across the pages of their book is beyond me) I do have a stock here. The retail price is £6.50 but you can have a copy (signed, or unsigned!) for £5, plus postage. If you’d like to buy one, you can send me a message or e-mail. My e-mail address is: email@example.com
The book is still available to download as an e-book. The paperback features an extra six stories.
I’ve been completely overwhelmed by the support and encouragement I’ve received. I really couldn’t have done it without you. So a huge thank you!
My final nominee for the Writing Process Blog Meme, Keith Channing, has now published his answers. Please take the time to read them – they’re both highly interesting and very entertaining. Keith is usually the first to take up my weekly writing challenge and I’m sure you’d like to know more about the man who writes such compelling and enjoyable stories:
A big thank you to Keith for taking part :-)
In the current economic climate there isn’t much to cheer us, so a humorous article or funny story comes as a welcome break. But whether you’re writing an amusing article, filler, letter or short story, don’t over-explain the humour. It’s very easy to feel as if you have to explain exactly why something is funny. You don’t. Keeping it brief and to the point will ensure the humour comes through. Too long and windy and the humour is lost.
Enjoy your weekend. I leave you with a Friday Funny: