I know there are many budding writers who come to my blog, so I’d like to share a really extraordinary and informative club I discovered in the summer. The name is Jericho Writers and their aim is to be a complete resource for authors. It doesn’t matter if you’re a total newbie or a successful author, you are guaranteed to find something of use on the Jericho Writers page.
Once you’ve taken out your subscription, you will have access to their full range of free facilities, such as video courses, interviews, a discussion forum, advice and so much more. I have been a member now for about three months and the section I have found the most beneficial for me, is the MY JERICHO part of the site. I’m going to go through some of the sections now, so that you can see how the club could benefit you and your writing. Here we go…
The VIDEO COURSES tab is absolutely fantastic. Here you will find three courses: How to Write; Getting Published and Self Publishing. Every course has numerous videos, each averaging around 45 -50 minutes per video. In order to write this blog, I did some of the How to Write course, which concentrates on novel writing. I found it not only informative, but friendly and interesting, as well.
Next we have MASTERCLASSES. These seminars concentrate on subjects such as how to hook an agent, how to self edit, plotting etc. These videos are ordinarily filmed in front of a live audience and in some cases are over an hour long.
CONVERSATIONS are occasional live broadcasts where members can listen as agents discuss what they’re looking for, and the dreaded slush pile.
Perhaps my favourite of all the sections is CINEMA. Here you will find exclusive (and in-depth) interviews with people in the publishing industry. There are conversations with authors such as Adele Parks and Claire Evans; agents like my own – Piers Blofeld; and publishers too. There are also some really informative feature films about what goes on behind the scenes at Orion publishing, as well as little snapshots into specific areas of writing, such as how your phone can help you write, and why characters behave the way they do. This section really is fantastic and I often find myself watching the feature films while I’m having my lunch, so that I’m inspired for the afternoon ahead.
Finally, the AGENT MATCH part of the site is an invaluable tool for anyone currently looking for an literary agent. In this section you can find out all about agents, including a biography, what genres they’re interested in, what agency they work for, and how to approach them.
As well as the features I’ve just told you about, Jericho Writers also runs regular (fee-based) courses, events, a festival and editing services. Oh and there’s also an informative newsletter, which discusses all manner of writing-related topics.
If you’re just starting out, or if you’re already published but looking for inspiration or help, then Jericho Writers may be the club for you. You can find them by clicking here. 🙂
I’d like to thank Jericho Writers for welcoming me to their club and I look forward to seeing what they do next!
Until next time,