Tag Archives: NAWE

Oh Look

1 Dec

Browsing on the new look website for Cut a Long Story, and here I am the featured ebook – Red Sky at Night. I do love this site for short stories. #cutalongstory


Eileen Gilmour Award Winning Story

Eileen Gilmour Award Winning Story

Sexton Way

2 Oct

So that’s what all the graveyard photos were about… Read Sexton Way, available from Cut a Long Story to get you in the mood for Hallowe’en. When the residents throw a  party for Hallowe’en they have a few unexpected guests from the graveyard at the end of the street.

Sexton Way

                             Sexton Way by Colette Coen

School’s Out

20 Sep

A new multimedia video of my flash fiction for this week. 

Spent the week looking after sick kid, finishing application for Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award and preparing for tomorrow’s Pitch Live, which I’m getting increasingly excited and nervous about. I scanned through my first novel All the Places I’ve Ever Been again today, and still think it’s worth publishing, so will pitch tomorrow with gusto.

Can reveal now that I have been shortlisted for the Booktown Writers’ Short Story Award for my story The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth, but didn’t make it any further. The winning stories will be published on their website (I think) after the award ceremony in October, and there is going to be an anthology, but don’t know if I’ve made that. http://www.booktownwriters.co.uk/competition.html


Keep that pc away from me

16 Sep

I’ve been having a productive few days away from the pc, and now I’ve even less reason to be near the keyboard as my email is temporarily knackered. I’ve been spending hours and hours recently on the computer doing lots of things that need to be done, but none of them necessarily to do with writing, and it’s got me a bit scunnered. Still need to do another couple of hours to complete my Scottish Book Trust grant application, due in for Friday, but then I think I’m going to be doing more reading and handwriting for a couple of weeks to get my creative juices really going again.

It’s a strange thing which I’ve never quite got an answer for, whether I prefer to physically write something or to type it. I think the act of physical writing has many benefits – it just feels more natural, but when I’ve got a chunk of stuff written, I do like to add paragraphs and paragraphs when I’m typing it up (which turns into a second draft anyway).

As I say, a little change to break the patterns might be good, although the patterns I’m breaking aren’t all about wasting time – they are just about other bits of my life.

I’ve got another exciting weekend coming up in Edinburgh with the NAWE Pitch LIve event where I’m meeting Clare Hey from Simon and Schuster. I’ve got a fifteen minute individual session with her which I’m sure will be terrifying, but I’m really looking forward to. I’ve got to the stage where I’ve got to make a big leap forward, and hopefully she’ll help with that.

Also had a bit of good news last week about a story of mine progressing to the shortlist in a competition, but as my name isn’t attached to it yet, I’ll have to remain a tease for the moment – keep your fingers crossed for me.

Turning the Next Page

21 Apr

Best thing that came out of the NAWE event ‘Turning the Next Page’ was ideas and information on effective marketing. It’s becoming really clear to me that even if I do manage to get an agent and a publisher and a book on the shelf, that my work is just beginning. You really can’t expect much publicity from publishers for most books, and you have to do the majority of the work yourself. First I need to finish ‘the product’ which seems a bit anti-art, but I’m being realistic, then the next phase begins. Hope you’ll all help when the time comes!?!