My guest today is Julie Day, who has recently sold her first ever womag story.
Congratulations on becoming a womagwriter, Julie! Who bought your story?
You (S. Africa)
Can you tell us a bit about it?
It's a 1,500 word Xmas ghost story, with humour, set around a panto.
That sounds fun. How did you feel when you got the news? Did you celebrate?
Couldn't believe it. At last! To celebrate I bought a few children's books I wanted.
Some writers have rituals to get them in the mood to write, lucky pens, or even wear particular clothes when writing. Do you do anything like that?
I like to write in silence or with the TV on low. I have to write with pen and paper.
How long have you been submitting stories to womags?
How many stories do you think you've sent to get that first acceptance?
About 20, including the same stories to different magazines.
You sent out fillers too, I believe. Did that help keep you motivated?
Do you have any advice for writers who've yet to have their first success?
Read and study the magazine and their guidelines. Keep writing. Find your voice. Find the magazine that likes that voice, and stick with them for a while.
Writers need fuel - what's your favourite snack when you're writing?
Kallo dark choc rice cakes, Houmous chips with Violife soft cheese. Or Tesco Free From plain crackers with Violife soft cheese.
I know you have Asperger's; how does that impact on your writing?
I can only write for 30-45 mins before my head goes fuzzy. I have to have an afternoon nap to recharge.
That must make things difficult for you, yet I understand you write books too?
Yes. Magical realism for adults and children. Such as Billy and The Sparkling Socks and One Cood Turn. You can find all my other books here.
You also produce a newsletter, what's that about and how can people sign up?
I send out tips about writing and marketing esp for indies. Writing exercises. News about my books, events and other stuff. People can sign up here.
Is there anything you'd like to add?
If you like writing one genre, eg for me it's magical realism, then concentrate on that and do it well.