About a minute ago I was happily listening to episode 103 of Australia Writers’ Centre podcast “So You Want To Be a Writer”. Co-host Allison Tait spoke about an email she, and her other co-host Valerie Khoo, had received from a listener about vanity publisher Write4Fun. The name instantly pinged in my mind because back in 2012, in my last year of high school, I submitted a short story to them and was stoked when they wanted to include my entry in their anthrology “Summer Sizzlers”.
I had a bit of a rocky relationship with Write4Fun. I happily paid the $82.95 for a copy of the book, and for my dedication and photo to be included. I still have the emails with the order form in it.
I eagerly awaited the parcel, but when it arrived my story was no where to be found. I flicked through it dozens of times trying to find my story (I’d even emailed them pre-publication to confirm my order), but I wasn’t there. Upon contacting Write4Fun again they apologised for the oversight and were happy to refund my purchase of the book provided I sent the book back. They also sent me a complimentary plague with my story on it.
That Write4Fun competition is the only writing competition I’ve entered – aside from the John Marsden Young Writer’s. I’ve always thought about writing short stories, but I’ve never found the motivation.
Oh! I did enter a Dolly or Girlfriend one to win a laptop. I was very happy with my entry, but didn’t place. It is something I probably should look into more; it’s good practice and a possible “foot-in-the-door”, but I don’t have the motivation yet. I don’t possess the want. I think I’ll just stick with blog posting consistently for now, in terms of pushing my writer profile forward.
Speaking of, I am planning of scheduling a blog post for each Sunday. I figure if I type down whenever I have a brain-spiration on my phone, wherever I am, whatever time of the day, I’ll have enough content to either pre-write and schedule for Sunday, or write it out on Sunday. Hopefully then I won’t get stuck.
The reason I’m posting this today: 1) I HAD to get it out, and 2) I already have another topic worked out for the coming Sunday (MS assessment experience).