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Write your story!

Write your story


Chantal Pretorius



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Thanks to,

Self independent Indie publishers and self publishing, the really need a medal for helping new and old authors to get their work published and bought by brilliant readers around the word.

My family and close friends who always supported me through all the difficulties in my writing courier. You rock my world around!

And thanks to the readers for buying and reading by books. If it wasn’t for your motivation and positive attitudes in life, no writer would have existed.

Thanks a lot for everything people!




1. Important webpage’s you must try!

2. Books you must buy if you are serious about writing!

3. How to get your poetry published?

4. Short story guidelines: What publishers want you to know?

5. More information according to writing English

6. Author Information 1

7. Key Publishing and People:

8. Key People in the Publishing House

9. Self-publishing

10. Literary Agents

11. Make your own web page for free

12. How to write a book in English?

13. My Achievements!



You can’t write a book, short story or poem, if you do not read!



Important web pages you must try!

1. (http://icecreamapps.com/Ebook-Reader/). 

2. http://www.ebooks.com/1996338/luna-new-moon/mcdonald-ian/.

3. http://www.adelereynders.co.za/.

4. www.canva.com (for those who need book covers for less)

5. https://alison.com, and for those who want to study, but can’t afford it, here is free courses to study from Alison.



Books you must buy if you are serious about writing!

1.  [+Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook 2016 +]

2. Oxford Dictionary downloads for free

3. Writers’ Handbook 2016

4. Please buy yourself a good dictionary!



How to get your poetry published?


The though part of writing poetry is writing poetry good enough for publication. Once you’ve got that sorted, it’s useful to know how poetry publishing works. 

First, find and read a few poetry magazines. Then send those about four poems at a time for them to consider publishing. Once you have had several poems published in magazines, then you can approach publishers who publish books of poetry. 

Now, here is how and why.

The first thing is to understand the basics of how poetry publishing works. The principles are similar for short stories.

There is a big difference between ‘publishers’ and ‘magazines’. Publishers publish a collection of poetry by one or more people in book form. Magazines publish poems by different people (usually one to five poems per writer) and are published on a regular basis. Most magazines that specialize in poetry and short stories sell most of their copies to subscribers, who pay in advance and get their magazines in the post. Books and magazines both sell through bookshops, but they are usually marketed badly and stocked irregularly.

It often seems as if no one cares about poetry. The simple reason for this is that there is no money in poetry. This is not a tragedy; it’s just the way it is. Really good, popular poetry is hard to write, so it’s not surprising that there is very little of it, and that most other poetry doesn’t sell. 

A very successful collection of new poems in South Africa will see about 500 copies. There are probably less than five publishers in South Africa who are willing to publish it at any one time, and brave enough to do so changes all the time, depending on their financial position. Those who are brave enough to publish collections of new poetry will publish about one a year. These will usually lose money and be cross-subsided by other publishing. 

There are more poetry publishers overseas, especially in the US and the UK. But they will almost always only consider publishing your work if you’ve already published a collection in your own country and a few poems in magazines in their country.

You need to find good literary magazines that publish poetry (and other forms of writing). If you’re thinking of submitting work to any of them, there are a few golden rules to follow. 

[*1. Always read at least one whole issue of a magazine before submitting work to it. *]

2. Don’t send too many poems to a magazine, unless you have a collection of poems to send to a publisher.

3. If the magazine does not take submissions by email, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE).

[*4. be absolutely sure about the quality pf your work. Poor poems will not be considered and you will get rejected. *]

[*5. When you receive a rejection letter, send another submission to another magazine as soon as possible. *]

Those are the golden rules; In addition, there are a few things to keep in mind about submitting to magazines:

++]1. Don’t expect any feedback on your poems, editors don’t have the time.]

2. Don’t expect more than a standard mass-produced rejection or acceptance letter.

3. Don’t expect to be paid anything.

4. Expect to wait a long time for a reply to your submission.

[*5. Expect it to take even longer from when you are accepted to see the magazine in print. *]

6. Don’t expect to see page proofs or to be updated or progress before publication.

[*7. Expect magazines from time to time to make mistakes when typing up your poems; it does happens. *]

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Poetry publishers around the world:


A Public Space


Contemporary Poetry Review




Poetry Daily


The Litterateur


The Wolf




Short Stories (English)

Short story guidelines: What publishers want you to know?

A short story can be one line long or ‘stretch’ to 15 or more pages of single-spaced typing.

The author should not worry about the extent but about the story. If the story is told, it is told; nothing could or should be added or taken away.

If the author is really serious about what s/he is doing, they should read up about the structure of short stories – there should be quite a bit about it on the internet, if they have access to it.

The short story is deceptive structure. Many people think that it is easy to do because it is shorter than a novel (they make the same mistake with poetry), but it is actually much more difficult to do for exactly that reason.

When an organization runs a short story competition, they will usually specify the number of words/pages as they plan to publish them in an anthology – there is no limit to how long a short story can be – the story itself determines the structure, and therefore the number of words. 


How to write a short story?

The model described here is the pyramid plot: The upward slope establishes setting and characters and builds tension; the tip is the climax; and the downward slope is the resolution. 

[*Steps: *]

1. Choose a narrative point of view. You can write your story as if you were one of the characters (first person), as a detached narrator who presents just one character’s thoughts and observations (third-person limited), or as a detached narrator who presents the thoughts and observations of several characters (third-person omniscient). A first-person point of view will refer to the central character as ‘I’ instead of ‘he’ or ‘she.’ 
2. Create a protagonist, or main character. This should be the most developed and usually the most sympathetic character in your story. 
3. Create a problem, or conflict, for your protagonist. The conflict of your story should take one of five basic forms: person vs. person, person vs. himself or herself, person vs. nature, person vs. society, or person vs. God or fate. If you choose a person vs. person conflict, create an antagonist to serve as the person your protagonist must contend with. 
4. Establish believable characters and settings, with vivid descriptions and dialogue, to create a story that your readers will care about. 
5. Build the story’s tension by having the protagonist make several failed attempts to solve or overcome the problem. (You may want to skip this step for shorter stories.) 
6. Create a crisis that serves as the last chance for the protagonist to solve his or her problem. 
7. Resolve the tension by having the protagonist succeed through his or her own intelligence, creativity, courage or other positive attributes. This is usually referred to as the story’s climax. 
8. Extend this resolution phase, if you like, by reflecting on the action of the story and its significance to the characters or society. 

[*Tips: *]
There are many possible variations of this model, all of which allow for perfectly good short stories. 

Keep your diction concise, specific and active. For example, say “Steve ate the apple” instead of “The fruit was eaten by someone.” 




5 tip how to write a short story?


10 tip how to be more creative when writing a short story?


[*Try it! *]




More information according to writing English:


If you are having difficulty writing you might like to ask yourself the questions that follow.

These can be used as triggers or prompts for your work. By answering any of the questions below you will be joining the ranks of some of literature’s finest writers and philosophers who have explored these ideas in depth.

And do these questions please!

1. If I had one message only to tell the world what would it be?

2. When have I felt happiest? Saddest? Angriest?

3. Who has made me feel happiest? Saddest? Angriest?

4. What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to me?

5. Who are my heroes? Why?

6. Who would I least like to be? Why?

7. If I could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

8. If I could create an ideal world what would it be like?


Author Information 1:

1. General Information.

If you are an unpublished author, it may be difficult to get your first book published. The simple guidelines are designed to help you with the process.

2. Come up with a publishable idea.

Don’t just sit down and start writing. First see what else is on the market on the subject you want to write on, read possible competing books, find out which are selling. Often you will find it hard to come up with a new topic, but one can always find a new angle to a well-covered subject. Do as much market research on your own as you can both to be able to persuade a publisher to take your work, and to reassure yourself that it is worth doing all the hard work.

3. Put together a presentation package.

Don’t simply talk to a publisher about a vague idea if you have not yet put pen to paper; however, don’t write an entire book before putting the idea to the test. The golden rule is to draw up an outline or summary, do one or two representative chapters, and submit these together with a comprehensive covering letter providing a CV, a description of the book and its possible market, when you intend to finish the work, how you can be contacted, etc.

4. Look for a likely publisher.

Don’t just approach all publishers in alphabetical order. Look in the bookshops at the books they publish, and check the PASA website at www.publishsa.co.za to see who publishes what. If you have written a gardening book, don’t approach school textbook publishers – you will be wasting your time and their time. Once you have identified the publishers you want to approach, start with the one you would see as the first prize, and work your way down the list. It is probably not a good idea to approach all of them simultaneously but do allow one publisher to keep you waiting forever for an answer.

5. Sign an author’s agreement

Once you have a positive response, insist on signing a contract before you complete the work. The author’s contracts of the various publishers are fairly standard, and will specify both parties’ obligations, royalties payable and when, plus items like deadlines and number of pages. The publisher should normally pay for all costs involved in editing, printing, distribution, and marketing. Particular clauses in author’s contracts can be negotiated. There is no standard prescribed rate of royalty – much depends on the kind of book and the market prospects of the book. The publisher will explain to you at this stage how the whole process works, how long it will take, and so on.

6. Complete the manuscript.

Once you have a contract, try to keep to the deadlines and other specifications. Read proofs promptly and help with publicity where you can but without undermining the publisher’s efforts.

Key Publishing and People:

Market Areas:

South African publishing focus on three board market areas: Academic, Education, and Trane.

[*1.  *]Academic (or higher education) publishing provides learning materials for the tertiary market (that is, all post-school levels).

2.  Education publishing it’s aimed at the school market, from pre-school to Grade 12, and provides learning materials for learners and support materials for teachers.

3.  Trade publishing provides the kinds of books that you will find at bookstores in your local shopping mall. Publishing houses generally specialize in one or two of these market areas.


A publisher’s market area naturally determines the publishing list, that is, the list of titles that a publisher produces. Publishers deal with two types of manuscripts:

1. Unconsolidated and commissioned manuscripts. An unconsolidated manuscript is either a completed manuscript or a synopsis based on an idea, sent to the publishing house by an author who requests the publishers to consider the manuscript for publication. The publisher decides if the manuscript falls within the ambit of the publishing list, and either accepts the manuscript for further scrutiny or returns it to the author as not suited to the market for which the publishing house caters. 

2.  [*A commissioned manuscript *]is specifically sought out by a publisher after identifying a gap in the market. The publisher approaches an experienced author or a subject specialist to develop a manuscript to the specific requirements of the intended market. 

Key People in the Publishing House:

Systems, procedures, job profiles and even job titles will differ from one publishing house to another, depending largely on the publishing list. The information that follows is therefore only a guide, and once your manuscript has been accepted you will have to approach your publishing house for more accurate information.

1.  Publisher/Commissioning Editor:

The publisher or commissioning editor is responsible for the development and maintenance of a specific list of titles within the company, e.g. Science and Medicine (academic (, English as an Additional Language (education) or Travel and Travel (trade). She also negotiates authors’ contracts and manages the production process.

2. Review/Reader:

A freelance specialist is appointed by the publishing house to assess whether the manuscript has the potential to be published. The reviewer may recommend certain changes to improve the manuscript.

3. Editor/Copy-editor:

The editor is the person who most closely engages with the content, style and structure of the manuscript. At the very least the editor will check the manuscript for spelling, grammar and content errors. In the case of an illustrated book, the editor will also be closely involved in the drafting of the art brief, commissioning the artist and security permission for the use of copyrighted illustrated material. The editor will discuss any changes to the text with the author.

4. Designer:

The designer is the specialist who executes the design brief compiled by the publisher/editor, ensuring a legible and accessible layout of the text and artwork. Some designers specialize in cover designs; again they will follow a brief provided by the publisher/editor. Cover designs can elicit endless debates and arguments; while there are basic design principles that need to be followed for every cover, personal taste is a highly subjective matter!

5. Typesetter:

Using a typesetting package, the typesetter implements the design specifications provided by the designer as well as instructions provided by the editor to transform the edited manuscript into page proofs that resemble those in the final printed version of the book.

[* 6. Artist/Illustrator:*]

The artist is a freelance specialist who interprets and executes the art brief compiled by the author and the editor. The artist will present rough artwork for approval before doing the final version of the work. 

7. Marketing/Publicity:

This group ensures that promotion items are prepared in advance of publication, that the title is included in the relevant catalogues, that the launch (if there is one) is organized and that the book and/or author is exposed to the relevant media. 

8. Proofreader:

The proofreader is a freelance specialist who gives the page proofs with artwork a thorough check for errors or omissions that might have happened during the production process. The proofreader also double-checks page and cross-references.

9. Indexer:

The indexer is a freelance specialist who identifies the items/words in that need to be indexed, extracts all references to those items/words/from the text and alphabetically structures the references in a list.

10. Repro House:

Once all the content issues have been resolved and the master set (the final page proofs with, hopefully, no errors), has been signed off, a disk with the information is sent to the reproduction house where the pages are electronically ‘locked’ so they cannot be changed. A final set of proofs is checked by the editor.

11. Printer:

At the printer the information on the disk is burned on to plats from which the pages and the cover are printed. Once printed, the printed sheets are folded and bound into book format.



[*Self-publishing: *]

1.    www.Shakespir.com

2.    www.lulu.com

3.    www.lightningsource.com

5.    http://www.partridgepublishing.com/

6.    http://www.selfpublishsa.co.za/

7.    www.amazon.com

8.    http://nextcenturyvrypublishing.com/start.php

9.    http://www.xlibrispublishing.co.uk

10.  www.e-bookspublishers.com

11.  www.blueoceanpublishing.biz

12. http://www.selfpubtoolbox.com/self-publishing-starter-kit



Literacy Agents:

1.   Miss Ruth Killeen (www.ruthkilleen.co.uk

2.   Literacy agents (go and have a look on their page!)

3.  [+ ][+Penguin Books]

4.   Literacy Agency

5.   Poets and Writers


Make your own webpage for free:


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10 Ridiculously Simple Tips for Writing a Book:

“How can you work when you want to write a book? _][_I know there are certain rules that must be applied, and can not think that it can not be easy. “

It’s not a question that a quick, easy answer. Alicia Rasley, someone who had dedicated her life to teach people to write, put it this way:

“Novelists do miracles. There’s a reason we speak of writing a book as giving Recruiters birth, we are customizing something out of nothing, and we harbor to turn ourselves inside out to do it. “

And yes, there are rules. Read but the differences between the romance and the love story that is set out so well for us in a few previous articles. These are just two of the more than 100 genres and subgenres that exist.

The short answer is: You have to decide what you want to write, find out what the requirements are that publishers set for that genre, read as many examples of that genre and then simply take the bull by the horns and tackle started!!

Beginners are welcome the suggestions that we have here placed under Blogroll ‘on right, reading. It should get you to give a very good idea of where to start.

Also take time to read older contributions under Archives, there is advice invaluable!



The useful 10 tips:


But first, in order to get more bonus info on writing from me, do this:

p<>{color:#000;}. Go to your inbox and look for an email from me: Jeff Goins.

p<>{color:#000;}. Click on the link inside that says “Confirm by visiting this link below”.

Then you’ll be all set for more bonuses on writing! Here are your 10 bonus tips for writing a book.

Beating Overwhelm

p<>{color:#000;}. Only write one chapter at a time. Write and publish a novel, one chapter at a time, using Amazon Kindle Singles, Watt pad, or sharing with your email list subscribers.

p<>{color:#000;}. Write a shorter book. The idea of writing a 500-page masterpiece can be paralyzing. Instead, write a short book of poems or stories. Long projects are daunting. Start small.

p<>{color:#000;}. Start a blog to get feedback early. Getting feedback early and often helps break up the overwhelmed. Start a website on WordPress or Tumblr and use it to write your book a chapter or scene at a time. Then eventually publish all the posts in a hardcopy book.

Staying Creative:

p<>{color:#000;}. Keep an inspiration list. You need it in order to keep fresh ideas flowing. Read constantly, and use a system to capture, organize and find the content you’ve curates. I use Evernote, but use a system that works for you.

p<>{color:#000;}. Keep a journal. Then, rewrite the entries in a much more polished book format, but use some photocopies or scans of the journal pages as illustrations in the book. You could even sell “deluxe” editions that come with photocopied versions of the journal.

p<>{color:#000;}. Deliver consistently. Some days, it’s easy to write. Some days, it’s incredibly hard. The truth is: inspiration is merely a byproduct of your hard work. You can’t wait for inspiration. The Muse is really an out-of-work bum who won’t move until you do. Show her whose boss and that you mean business.

Staying Focused

p<>{color:#000;}. Take frequent breaks. Niel Fiore, the author of The Now Habit, says, “There is one main reason why we procrastinate: It rewards us with temporary relief from stress.” If you’re constantly stressed about your unfinished book, you’ll end up breaking your schedule. Instead, plan for breaks ahead of time so you stay fresh: minute breaks, hour breaks, or even multiple day breaks.

p<>{color:#000;}. Remove distractions. Try tools like Ommwriter.com or Bywordapp or Scrivenerto let you write in a totally distraction free environment. That way, email, Facebook, and Twitter won’t interrupt your flow.

p<>{color:#000;}. Write where others are writing (or working). If you’re having trouble writing consistently by yourself, write where other people are also working. A coffee shop or library where people are actually working and not just socializing can help. If you’re in a place where other people are getting things done, then you’ll have no choice but to join them.

p<>{color:#000;}. Don’t tweak as you go. Instead, write without judgment first, then go back and edit later. You’ll keep a better flow and won’t be interrupted by constant criticism of your own work. And you’ll have a lot more writing to edit when it’s time to do so.


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And I love witches, vampires, werewolves, magic, aliens, robots, fantasy, and many more will be included in my books. Not to mention demons and angels, because it’s one of my favorite immortals.

I studied for a general secretary at the Boston City Campus and Business College in 2008 and 2009. Then I worked as a cashier, personal assistant and administrative assistant in my life.

And two courses in creative writing, one at Writers Bureau for a Novel and Short Story Writer, and the other I am still saving money for to study one day.

But writing is my passion, and that’s exactly what I decided I want to do. There is nothing more to love than reading many good books.




Write your story!

In this English book, you will learn how to write!

  • ISBN: 9781370964550
  • Author: Chantal Pretorius
  • Published: 2016-08-10 13:35:13
  • Words: 3930
Write your story! Write your story!