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Stay-at-Home! Literary Festival does Book Week Scotland

This year, Publishing Scotland are teaming with the Stay-at-Home! Literary Festival to bring you six fantastic online events—3 live and 3 pre-recorded—that offers something for every reader!

Our live events are:

Rebel Ladies, Fabulous Fiction, 17 November, 6pm

Author Sara Sheridan will be chairing a conversation with four brilliant authors—Juliet Conlin, Lesley Glaister, Ajay Close and Olga Wojtas—on their latest novels starring rebellious, subversive women.

You can book your spot at Ticket Tailor here: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/publishingscotland/444563

Growing Pains: Against the Odds in Childrens and YA Fiction, 19 November, 6pm

Author CJ Cooke will chair a conversation with up-and-coming writers—Akemi Dawn Bowman, Laura Guthrie, Emily Ilett, Ross Sayers and Victoria Williamson—of childrens’ and YA fiction. You can book your spot at Ticket Tailor here: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/publishingscotland/444592

Bibliotherapy Session with Barrington Stoke, 20 November, 11am

Make your appointment with the team at Barrington Stoke, offering book recommendations for the reluctant reader in your house. You can book your spot at Ticket Tailor here: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/publishingscotland/444626

We will also be premiering fantastic pre-recorded films on the Publishing Scotland YouTube throughout the week. Keep your eye out for:

One Button Benny Reading and Singalong Session with Alan Windram, premiering on the Publishing Scotland YouTube channel Monday 16th November at midday

A Showcase of New Scottish Crime Writing with 5 brilliant authors: Andrew James Greig, Diarmid Macarthur, Alan Parks, Leela Soma and Douglas Watt, premiering on the Publishing Scotland YouTube Wednesday 18thNovember at midday

A Family Writing and Illustration workshop with Corrinna Campbell, author of The Girl Who Stole the Stars, premiering on the Publishing Scotland YouTube channel Saturday 21st November at midday.

We hope you can join in the fun. Spread the word!

Launch party for The Nesting!

Hello festival fans! How are you doing? We’re hoping you’re snuggled up and keeping warm.

We’re busy preparing for the 2021 Stay-At-Home! festival, but in the interim we have a little October treat – the launch party for The Nesting, the creepy new novel by our founder, CJ Cooke! It’s entirely free to attend, you can join from the comfort of your sofa, and there are goodie bags an a virtual signing! To register, just click here: https://tinyurl.com/y4kdw72q

Public Plenary TONIGHT!

Hello lovelies,

Hopefully you’re enjoying a bit of rest just now and catching up on the fabulous festival activities on our ‘ongoing events’ page. We’ll have more of those soon so keep an eye out!

I wanted to let you know that we’re holding a plenary session tonight for people who attended the festival (as well as a plenary for the authors). This session is basically your chance to give verbal feedback on the festival and also any suggestions you might have for us to take it forward! If you’d like to attend (it’s at 7pm UK time) please email stayathomefest@gmail.com or contact us via Twitter for the Zoom link!

Stay safe x

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right.

You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

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  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
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The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

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  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
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Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right.

You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

Why do this?

  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • Because it will help you focus your own ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

When you’re ready to publish, give your post three to five tags that describe your blog’s focus — writing, photography, fiction, parenting, food, cars, movies, sports, whatever. These tags will help others who care about your topics find you in the Reader. Make sure one of the tags is “zerotohero,” so other new bloggers can find you, too.

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right.

You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

Why do this?

  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • Because it will help you focus your own ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

When you’re ready to publish, give your post three to five tags that describe your blog’s focus — writing, photography, fiction, parenting, food, cars, movies, sports, whatever. These tags will help others who care about your topics find you in the Reader. Make sure one of the tags is “zerotohero,” so other new bloggers can find you, too.