Tuesday, 2 August 2016
Happy 4th Birthday Wendy's Writing Now!
Today, my blog, Wendy's Writing Now, celebrates it's 4th birthday. I can't believe how quickly those four years have gone by.
I started writing my blog after I sold my first story to a magazine (Take a Break Fiction Feast). This was quickly followed by one to The People's Friend and Woman's Weekly.
Since then, I have sold 175 stories, several articles, two serials, published two collections of my magazine stories, written my first novel and have accepted an offer of representation by the lovely Eve White Agency.
To say I am overwhelmed and extremely grateful to everyone who has supported me through this exciting time is an understatement.
My blog started small (I think I had five pageviews that first week) but, with a little nurturing, has grown nicely until last week it passed the 200,000 pageview mark.This is due, in no small part, to the lovely guests who have either written posts for me or agreed to be interviewed. Some, like Sam Tonge, have even come back for more... three times in fact!
The nice thing is that my guests have come from all genres of writing. I've already mentioned rom-com writer, Sam Tonge, but I have also had guest posts from fabulous psychological thriller writers such as Debbie Howells, historical fiction writers such as Elaine Everest, award winning short story writers such as Tracy Fells and guests who can help us on our writing paths such as social media manager Anita Chapman (Neetsmarketing), Becca Puglisi (Writers Helping Writers) proofreader Julia Gibbs and People's Friend Fiction Editor, Shirley Blair.
Of course this is just a taster - I'd love to mention everyone who has been my guest but there's not enough space. Why not take a look at the full guest list on the side bar to the right?
I'm fully aware that a blog would be nothing without its readers and I'm grateful to each and every one of you who reads my posts. Being left a comment is a bonus and makes the whole blog-writing process seem worthwhile (I really do read and appreciate every single one of them).
Writing a blog can be time-consuming but I've never regretted starting it. I have made many lovey online friends through Wendy's writing Now and these supportive people have been with me almost since day one: Tracy Fells, Patsy Collins, Teresa Ashby, Rosemary Gemmell and Helen Yendall. Why don't you have a look at their lovely blogs too.
All that's left now is to say Happy Birthday Wendy's Writing Now and I look forward to sharing another blog year with you.