Writers will reveal the secrets of book publishing at Ely event

From left: Rosemary Westwell, Mary McGuire and Hayley Humphrey

From left: Rosemary Westwell, Mary McGuire and Hayley Humphrey - Credit: Archant

The ‘Trio of Writers’, Rosemary Westwell, Mary McGuire and Hayley Humphrey, is launching its first ‘Writers’ Day’ on Saturday March 21 in Ely Library,

The writers hope to connect with others, share experiences, and reveal some of the mistakes they’ve made when having their books published, hoping to save others time, effort and a lot of heartache.

Rosemary Westwell has published a number of teaching books and resources, is author of ‘John Dementia and Me’ (a novel based on the true experience of her husband’s decline into dementia) and was joint winner in the recent Perspectives Poetry competition.

Mary McGuire (MTMcGuire), is a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors, and the author of the K’Barthan series: a four-book humorous science-fiction fantasy adventure with a dash of romance.

Hayley Humphrey, double nanowrimo winner, and writer of fantasy fiction, is currently working on two novel-length projects and hopes to publish in the near future. Hayley will be talking on the day about nanowrimo (write a novel in a month – an initiative that happens in November).


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There will also be the opportunity for other writers and publishers to share their experiences and/or tell the audience about the books they have published. At about a week before the event the books will be available in Burrows Bookshop in High Street.

The winners of the accompanying short story competition will be announced at the end of the occasion. Entry to the event and the short story competition is free (although voluntary donations may be requested) and refreshment will be available.

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To enter the short story competition, send your unpublished 500-word story to rjwestwell@hotmail.com including your name, address and phone number by February 21 2015.

Prizes: first prize: £50, second prize £25 and third prize £10. There will be three independent judges for the competition.

To offer to talk at the event and/or to book a seat as a member of the audience, please contact Rosemary Westwell rjwestwell@hotmail.com Book soon for among the audience will be the Mayor of Ely and the Managing Director of North Staffordshire Press.

The event on March 21 will run from 10am to 3pm.

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