I guess for a lot of writers, maybe the dream week would include standing up in front of a major festival crowd, receiving a huge royalty payment and being interviewed for a Sunday supplement.
But for a writer like me, who has experienced two of those and wouldn’t really want to again, the things that make a great week are comparatively humble. (I wouldn’t mind experiencing the massive royalty payment at some stage, of course – just to check whether I like it or not).
Here are five things that have happened in the last few days, and made my week:
- Working on a new book. That’s got to be the first and best of everything for a writer like me, and it’s even sweeter now, after a year of not really writing at all.
- A cheque for my fee of 50 guineas (more or less – the bank can’t exactly do that) and a lovely letter from Liskeard Poetry Group, for helping them select the poems for their upcoming anthology.
- An opportunity to run a poetry workshop around a really interesting museum exhibition.
- A new 5* amazon review for my children’s book, Bullies, Bigmouths and So-called Friends.
- Having an intriguing dream to write down in my diary.
- Word from my agent that the Turkish publisher of Peony Pinker wants to renew the rights for the first two books. We’re talking 800 euros altogether, and after agents’ fees and income tax I’ll be lucky to see half of that, but still – they’ve sold enough books to want to do a new print run… in Turkey!
- An email from someone who was on my last workshop, telling me she’d felt emboldened to press send on an article she wrote for a holiday publication (circulation 40,000) and it’s been accepted.
- Another email from a different person who’s come to workshops to say she’s got a gig writing restaurant reviews.
- Discussions about book covers with my lovely designer and her assistant, Moriarty, who has excellent emailing skills for a cat.
- Reading Angela’s Ashes and calling it work.
It doesn’t come to much in terms of wealth and fame, but all those things add up to a pretty good week for a writer like me.
What would make a good week for a writer like you?