Publication: the People’s Friend annual 2018

I’m delighted to report that I have a short story in this 2018 annual from The People’s Friend, out now.

This is the first short story I ever sold to them after 31 years of trying. I’ve not got my copy yet, but I have it on very good authority that the story is called Catch of the Day. (The People’s Friend are known for changing story titles.)

The book is only available as a hardback, but you can buy it from Amazon here.

Short story news: Shaking the Tree

Once upon a time, a long time ago, I wrote a short story based on the great storm that lashed the British Isles in 1987.

That story, The Spirit of the Wind, eventually found its way into My Weekly, and then into Twee Tales (on Kindle here, and in paperback here).

A little more recently, a friend of mine nagged me for a sequel to that story. She said she’d love to know what happened to everyone.

Towards the end of last year, I finally finished the sequel and called it Shaking the Tree.

I’m delighted to say that Shaking the Tree (my title) was bought by The People’s Friend in February of this year, and it has been published in their Special 141, on sale today – 31 May.

It took me a long time to crack The People’s Friend – more than 30 years, in fact. But they also have another short story of mine, The Complete Angler, which has been published in their 2018 annual, on sale on 11 July – pre-order your copy here.

Do let me know if you manage to read the story and what you think of it. Thank you!

Twee Tales Too on Kindle, 2 new covers and even MORE news

I did say I’ve been busy …

I’m delighted to say that Twee Tales Too is the latest to become available on Kindle. You can buy it here for just £1.99.

I’ve also republished the paperback with a new cover, and I’ve revamped the original Twee Tales with a new cover – so they both match.

The Kindle stores will, however, take up to 72 hours to refresh the covers, but I think they’ll automatically refresh next time you update your Kindle, for those who already have book 1.

I’m waiting for all links to become active, but if you go to my “buy my books” page, the links will all gradually update, and you can see all of the books now available.

ALL of the Diane Parkin books are now retired and have been replaced with Diane Wordsworth versions.

BUT … it doesn’t stop there.

I’m in the process of publishing Tales from Baggins Bottom Best Bits book 3 on Kindle,  I’m already collating stories for  Twee Tales Twee (do you see a theme here?), and I’m also  in the process of editing Tales from Baggins Bottom Best Bits book 4.

Once all of the books are on Kindle, I’ll look at publishing them on multi-ebook format as well.

You can see other future projects on my “current projects” page.

Baggins Bottom Best Bits book 3

In recent days and weeks I’ve been busy publishing books – in paperback and on Kindle. The idea is to get all of my back-catalogue available as books by Diane Wordsworth.

Tales from Baggins Bottom: best bits book 3 is the latest to become available and can be found in paperback for £5.99. The Kindle edition will follow shortly.

If you go to my “buy my books” page you can follow the link, and you’ll also see all books currently available.

ALL of the Diane Parkin books are now retired and have been replaced with Diane Wordsworth versions. This one, however, is brand-new.

I’m currently publishing Twee Tales Too on Kindle, and then I’ll be adding Tales from Baggins Bottom Best Bits book 3 to Kindle too. Once they’re all on Kindle, I’ll look at publishing them all on multi-ebook format as well.

You can see other future projects on my “current projects” page.

Two more books available

I’ve not been idle this past week, in fact I’ve been very busy republishing and re-branding two old ones.

Tales from Baggins Bottom: best bits books 1 & 2 were previously published “by Diane Parkin”. Now they’re both available “by Diane Wordsworth” in paperback (£5.99) and on Kindle (£2.99).

If you go to my “buy my books” page, you can follow the links to either the paperback or the Kindle, and you’ll also see all books currently available.

ALL of the Diane Parkin books are now retired and have been replaced with Diane Wordsworth versions.

Next on the to-do list is to publish Twee Tales Too on Kindle. You can see other future projects on my “current projects” page.

Out now! Diary of a Scaredy Cat

Some of you have been waiting for this … and today’s the day you can finally get hold of Diary of a Scaredy Cat: a year in the life of a frightened writer.

The writer’s guide, with exercises, is available in paperback, for £5.99, and on Kindle, for £2.99. Overseas markets will follow in a few days. Retail outlets will take a little longer.

But UK readers can order a copy right now!

Diane Wordsworth was struggling to get back into the swing of being a full-time freelance writer. She’d done it very well in the past, thank you very much. But years of editing books for various publishers had taken her out of the discipline of the freelance writing world and she needed to get back in.

When she met her future husband in 2013, he very quickly encouraged her to gradually do more of her own work while he supported her as best he could.

This is Diane’s account of that first year as she tried to get back onto the writing ladder. It was written as part of her blog, Tales from Baggins Bottom. But this anthology includes 165 practical writing exercises not previously published.

See more books by Diane Wordsworth here.