This will be the first of a weekly editorial that I will bring each Monday to give an overview of what's happening and what's in the pipeline.
Last week things moved very fast with Paul, Stella, Kathleen & myself forming the new writing team for The View From Here. We are building the magazine around a blogging platform to encourage dialogue and community via the comments rather than just delivering a monologue to you.
The magazine will run so that you can drop in weekly for a browse over a coffee or daily if you prefer to get in amongst it and join in the discussions in the comments. We're going for quality rather than quantity so expect a high standard from us. Shout at us if we don't deliver!
And a line in the sand now at the start ...
A few years ago I was advised to keep my finger on the pulse of the writing world so I didn't become isolated as a writer. At that time I subscribed to a monthly magazine. Which was great. Apart from the bombardment of adverts in there for self-publishing. Now I have nothing against self-publishing: it can be very successful. But I think it needs careful consideration before embarking on and I felt a little uneasy at the balance of self-publishing adverts that were targeting often vulnerable writers desperate to give life to their work outside of their pc.
So here at The View From Here we will have no self-publishing adverts. Sorry guys, but sometimes to make a point you have to shift to one side of the spectrum. Instead we invite you into a safe environment where you can be entertained, informed and with Cornerstones helped to shine. Recently I asked award winning author, Julian Barnes, about new writers. This was his response:
I am in favour of young writers writing the best books they are capable of. And being protected against disappointment.
Okay so if you're my side of the line, you'll want to know what you can you expect from the magazine ...
Well I'll be bringing you book reviews and interviews with award winning authors.
Check out the previous post to get an idea of the flavour Paul will bring, as all his years of hard work pay off with his debut novel about to hit the shelves.
Stella will be adding articles on creative goals, inspiration and what it means to be a writer and Kathleen will be bringing her short original fiction to the magazine each week.
Add some competitions and our unique working relationship with Cornerstones into the mix and hopefully we'll end up with a distinctive friendly voice in the world of literary magazines.
So have a browse around, subscribe to the magazine for free to make sure you don't miss the buzz and let us know what you'd like to see here and how we can improve.