HOW TO WRITE & SELL FICTION TO MAGAZINES by Douglas McPherson #NonFiction #WriterTips

How To Write And Sell Fiction To Magazines by [McPherson, Douglas]How To Write & Sell Fiction To Magazines is a non-fiction book offering lots of tips and advice to writers who want to get paid for their short stories. The book is split into easy to read chapters, each begins with a short piece of advice, with examples and ends with one of the author’s own stories for you to read.

Examples of the chapters are; Turning real life into stories, Tags for characters, updating a fairy tale and giving the market what it wants.

As the author says, women’s magazines offer a great market for paid writing, this book offers an inside look at writing for magazines and dealing with their editors. Research into current story styles is important as is checking the length of stories a particular magazine currently uses. Good advice is to stick to a three word catchy story title to grab the attention of the editor and then the readers.

Sound advice for anyone starting out down this road.

Find a copy here from or available free from Kindle Unlimited

#BookReviews & Bags of Babble lead to success for @ShelleyWilson72

Shelley Wilson Brings Us All Inspiration.

Interviewed by Douglas McPherson for the June 2016 issue of  Writer’s Forum, Shelley is the first to admit that when she is nervous or excited she will babble away none stop, we love the enthusiastic babble. In the article Shelley tells us about how a blogging idea lead to her book. Today I want to remind readers about one of Shelley’s books and share with you Shelley’s experience.

“How I Changed My Life In A Year”

I read Shelley’s book in September 2014 and posted my review which Shelley talks about in the interview;

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Book Description

Straight-talking, honest and with touches of humour, Shelley Wilson shares her journey as she sets out to prove that being a 40-something, single mum with back fat and grey hairs isn’t the end of life as we know it.

From fighting flab to writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days, Shelley covers a wide variety of themes as she tackles twelve challenges in twelve months.

Packed with affirmations, tips, steps and links, How I Changed My Life in a Year will keep you motivated for the year to come and beyond.

Based on the popular Resolution Challenge blog, Shelley shows how one year can change your life

My Review of her book;

This book was my September treat, after the long school holidays I always deserve a treat and I do love a book that motivates me. The book title appealed to me straight away and I loved the cover with the post-it notes.

Shelley writes in a fun and amusing way and the book goes through her 12 resolutions to change her life for the better with some great lessons along the way. Shelley set herself monthly challenges and within those weekly smaller conquests. I liked the idea of a visions board of things you want to do, I know the idea isn’t new but I’ve only ever tried it once and I lost the enthusiasm.

Month 6, “Adopt better habits”, was one of my favourites, I already do a lot of re-cycling, but I had a bag of items for the charity shop which had been sitting by the back door and not actually going anywhere. After reading about Shelley’s month 6 I got off my backside, filled another bag with books and put both in my car. Then I planned my next day with a slot to visit the charity shop to drop off my bags. Coming home to empty spaces felt good.

I also enjoyed the challenge to wear bright clothes and not anything black. I took one look at the clothes I was getting ready for the cooler months and realised they were mostly black. Feeling incredibly brave I took to the shops to find some colourful new clothes, I bought jumpers and shirts, but trying to find trousers I like which aren’t jeans, skinny or black is proving harder.

This book brought a smile to my face and a list of ways I want to improve my own life, I’ll finish with a quote from the book “Dream it, Live it, Become it.”


If you already subscribe to Writer’s Forum, you can read the full article about how Shelley went “From Blog to Best Seller” with her self-help book. I was lucky and got permission from Douglas and Shelley to give you a few tempting snippets from the article.

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Shelley said; “I’ve never sent the book off to be reviewed, but an online reviewer called Rosie Amber found the book on Twitter and wrote the review. Everything exploded around that, because she was a proper book reviewer”

Shelley 2“Customer reviewers are another sales driver on Amazon”

She also said that when her book hits the first page of the Amazon Best seller chart she sees a spike in sales.

Last year Amazon paid her a bonus when she sold 194 books in one day.

Shelley is a very enthusiastic author, blogger, book reviewer and more.

Congratulations on your article in Writer’s Forum. I’m sure we’ll all be hearing much more from Shelley in the future.

Article printed by kind permission from Douglas McPherson.

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