MT McGuire Books

Writing Competition…

I’ve found a useful and informative blog run by the Writers and Artists yearbook.  They are running a short story competition.  2,000 words or fewer on unity or union.  The Price is £500, an Arvon course and on-line publication on the Writers and Artist’s Yearbook site.   It closes on Valentine’s day. Check out this post for more […]

February 4, 2010

News for the famous. Writing a book is NOT obligatory.

I just noticed this courtesy of Neil Gaiman’s twitter thingummy doodle. I could imagine Jonathan Ross had always wanted to write a graphic novel, more to the point, I could imagine he’s been practising for some time and it might actually be quite good.  He’s a man who lives, sleeps, eats and breathes graphic novels so he’s not […]

January 27, 2010

Thank you…

I just wanted to say thank you to my kind friend liberrydwarf for giving my story a mention on her blog.   It definitely gave the downloads a boost. So; Is This Heaven has had 50 downloads on smashwords, 78 on Scribd and 70 on Freado… yeh… that’s not bad.  I’m not sure whether a “read” on […]

January 25, 2010

Something for nothing much…? Nah.

Remember I told you about this site… Hmm… well, having read quite a bit of stuff — some of which I enjoyed and some of which was literary fiction (and therefore antithesis of anything I would choose to read — except at gunpoint) I’ve had three reviews of my excerpt.  They are all useful but for a consensus I need a few […]

January 22, 2010

One of those days…

Have been having a “why do I bother week” I’ve been a bit pre-menstrual, frankly so I thought I should try to cheer myself up by submitting my book somewhere. It all came to a head today when they closed the road which is the only way out of our house.  We had a tiler and an electrician on site and […]

January 21, 2010

Widget testing…

I’ve uploaded my short story to another site which provides me with a free ready-widget.  Just thought I’d try it out. Nah… doesn’t work. Sigh. Sadly the review site I mentioned in my last post is clearly full of people who don’t get on with fantasy… actually it’s bound to be, judging by the amount of literary fiction I’ve […]

January 16, 2010

Quality feedback about your writing, for free

Where to find it?  Well… possibly here. is partly ArtsCouncil funded… not the part which encourages you to pay them to publish your book.  I’ve read about that coming in for a bit of flack in places. The fact they hard sell it on just about every page is enough to make me leery.  Putting […]

January 13, 2010


I liked these people, MCA… but despite being listed on as looking for my genre, the agent mentioned in the listing is not actually looking for sci-fi or fantasy. So… gets a big thumbs down from me… one to avoid unless you’re in the US I suspect. Looking for a new agency to submit to but […]

January 7, 2010

The next one…

I am tempted to put “victim” rather than “one” there but I’m sure it’s unnecessarily negative and my ironic sense of humour may not be so prevalent, written down, as it is standing up. Ok, so I like these people. Again they use the words, “submissions” and “welcome” in one sentence and there’s none of that […]

January 6, 2010

No but…

OK.  So Wade and Doherty were a no but they are going to get a tick in the “good guys” box because they were kind to me. They were fast. I submitted my query on 21 December.  Robin Wade replied to me today, 5 January.  That’s 15 days… most of which were holiday.  Top job. They were kind. What may well be […]

January 5, 2010