Articles On Finding An Editor

At some stage soon I’m going to need to find an editor and, like you (or maybe you’re the world’s expert on finding editors. Won’t you tell us how to do it?) I don’t know the first thing. So here’s a few articles I found on doing just that. The final article features recommended editors plus articles on the editing process.

1. Tips For Choosing The Right Editor For Your Indie Book

2. Finding The Editor For You

3. 5 Ways To Find The Right Freelance Book Editor

4. How To Hire An Editor For Your Book

5. Editing and Editors

Write for Frequency Theatre

Although based in Colchester, Essex (come to the Slack Space gallery and learn audio production if you’re in the area) Frequency Theatre are looking for scripts from all across the UK. Visit their website here to learn more. Plus here’s what they say to those with a script or thinking of writing one:

“Frequency Theatre puts new, engaging stories at the heart of our work. We want new plays by writers of all ages and levels of experience. We are looking for a refreshing voice, with a play delivered with verve and/ or wit. Plays that we’ll take notice of will utilise the medium, focusing on building atmosphere through the relationship of dialogue, sound effects and silence.

Plays should be 10 to 15 minutes long, as a guide this is between 1800 – 2700 words. Only plays around this length will be considered.

  1. All plays should be in English.
  2. Plays should ideally be written using the standard BBC Radio Format. For guidance this can be found at BBC Writersroom.
  3. Plays should be submitted in Word formats only.
  4. Only plays written for radio will be considered. Screenplays or play texts will be rejected.
  5. Plays should be complete, self contained works.
  6. Plays can be written by more than one writer.
  7. Previously submitted plays will not be considered, only new drafts that we request will be read.
  8. We are unable to enter into feedback with unsuccessful writers.
  9. Copies will only be available following the broadcast.
  10. All successful writers will be notified in advance of broadcast.
  11. Writers retain copyright in respect of their script. Frequency Theatre retains ownership of copyright for all recorded works produced under the name Frequency Theatre Podcast. All recorded works may be edited for any reason including broadcast or promotional purposes.

If you have a script you would like to send to us, please email it to Rich Chilver at literary@frequencytheatre.co.uk

We look forward to reading your work.”

Good luck Pumpkins!

Random Acts: send your three minute short films

If you make films you might want to have a look at the Random Acts section of the Channel 4 website (UK).

There’s a big variety of stuff from the pretty to the silly to the unsettling, here are a few I quite liked:

A ‘Dandy punk’ travels through fantastical worlds in The Alchemy of Light.

Warning: The Ting contains violence, inner city slang and daft humour.

A trippy nostalgic video dedicated to Margaret Thatcher, Maggie’s Last Party.

 

25 things you should know about outlining

On my travels today I stumbled upon (OK, someone uploaded to twitter) this helpful and amusing post on book outlining.

Go here, read, come on, what are you waiting for? Oh, you’re still here. Yes, that’s it, that door there. Phew, I know, now they’re gone we can say whatever we want about – oh hi! You’re still here. Er, no, we weren’t talking about anything…

Heroin, dating and popularity: life the 50s infomercial way

I don’t know what it is about these videos that makes me chuckle so, but they really do. Some of them are quite sweet, some are bordeline offensive, and for a happy life all require you to be middle class and white.

First is Choosing For Happiness, a film where Eve is slowly made to realise that her mostly quite valid concerns should be squashed if she’s to have anyone put up with her:

Next up is that quandry that faces us all, how to be a square without our friends hating us! Moral Maturity shows us.

Now the opposite end of the spectrum, Drug Addiction. What happens when one suddenly finds themselves addicted to heroin? The particularly clunky dialogue in this one really makes me laugh:

Here Woody shows us how to ask for a date in Dating Dos and Don’ts (made in 1947 but still counts). Wow, that girl is a bitch, is he sure he wants to go with her?

And now he shows us how to make girls angry when you drop them off

Here’s another clip considering the problems of How to Date:

Finally, the all important concern: Are You Popular? All the boys are happy to park with Jenny but apparently this doesn’t make her popular the next day. Dammit, I knew I was doing something wrong!

An oddball’s tea party

I’m obsessed with tea parties, probably because I don’t really drink anymore. But, Melting wicked witchof course, no boring parties for me. Here’s a few unusual things you could bring to proceedings:

First off I love psychedelia, not sure why I just always have. Why not get some mugs to match, or for an extra boost of weirdness how about one of these Day of the Dead sugar skull mugs? I’ve got mine!

Or if you prefer drinking vessels that are even spookier, how about these surprisingly sinister mugs?

And let’s not forget there will be those that don’t like tea (weirdos). Here’s a quick how to on serving blacklight lemonade.

Of course no mad hatter’s psychedelic party would be complete without rainbow cupcakes, get the recipe here.

If something a little more disturbing is your thing, and let’s face it why wouldn’t it be, try these. First up is a savoury centre piece treat, Zombie Head Cheese. Triple_Rainbow_Cupcakes_by_dashedandshattered

Next is a recipe for melting witch cookies. Rather timely with the release of this new Wizard of Oz movie.

And lastly my favourite recipes from Halloween Culture. First is the oreo spider web cookies, and to decorate all those cakes here’s a how to for edible glass sculptures.

Super happy fun times!

Me, a sugar skull mug and a skull onesie. You wish you were me
Me, a sugar skull mug and a skull onesie. You wish you were me

Monster cakes, rainbow cakes and some evil shoe cakes

I thought I’d share these exciting cakes by artist Scott Hove. He does other varieties of art too, have a quick look at his website. scott-hove-shoe-cakeHove_LG_Snapa1-dolljaws2

For anyone wanting to make their own spookily brilliant food stuffs the obvious choice is the Food and Drink section in blog Halloween Culture.

Pop over to evilcakehead to sample scariness.

Have a peek at this earlier post with a recipe on how to make rainbow cake.