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Re: New Magazine Requires Fresh Writing Talent
« Reply #15 on: March 23, 2008, 11:15:33 PM »
okay I got on it again . Here it is just incase.

http://thehardline.wordpress.com/2008/03/07/hello-world/

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Re: New Magazine Requires Fresh Writing Talent
« Reply #16 on: March 23, 2008, 11:19:20 PM »
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Re: New Magazine Requires Fresh Writing Talent
« Reply #17 on: March 24, 2008, 08:28:57 AM »
Hi T & Ollie :)

The usual web address is:

http://thehardline.wordpress.com

I'd be very happy to receive anything you'd like to contribute, guys :)
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Re: New Magazine Requires Fresh Writing Talent
« Reply #18 on: March 24, 2008, 01:30:29 PM »
hallelujah - someone who accepts non fiction !!  ;D
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Re: New Magazine Requires Fresh Writing Talent
« Reply #19 on: March 24, 2008, 01:56:27 PM »
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Hi T & Ollie Smiley

The usual web address is
I know, I haven't had any trouble getting to the site.
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Re: New Magazine Requires Fresh Writing Talent
« Reply #20 on: March 26, 2008, 01:25:16 PM »
Reprise...

Submissions will only be considered for Issue One if we receive them by March 31st, so if you
would like to contribute to the first edition, please contact me or Ken soon. Thank you :)

Steve Sweeney: stevesweeney08@hotmail.co.uk

Ken Preston: martinbrody@tiscali.co.uk 

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Re: New Magazine Requires Fresh Writing Talent
« Reply #21 on: March 27, 2008, 04:47:39 AM »
Hi Steve,
Are you able to share with members what plans you have to promote the site and how you feel it can help boost a writer's profile/chances of publication elsewhere? It would be great to see some people get some attention from it, but we already know that editors of non-fiction are drowning in submissions and agents for writers of fiction are snowed under - how and why can a new site like this help?
(I am asking because I think it's an important question and am being devil's advocate - I have jumped at the chance to be included!)
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Re: New Magazine Requires Fresh Writing Talent
« Reply #22 on: March 27, 2008, 08:31:53 AM »
Hi Linda, nice to see you about again, though doubtless you're snowed under with work too! ;D

I thought up the Hardline project with a rather egalitarian aim: to promote the work of unpublished writers
by featuring their writing in a magazine-style website. My background is in music fansites which, by their very nature, are usually the work of enthusiastic amateurs, so I had the idea that dedication and enthusiasm might be enough to help Hardline succeed. But as time has passed, I've come to realise that this is a very competitive industry, and my intentions, though well-meaning, are quite astonishingly naive. As a result, the second 'issue' of the magazine will be much 'tighter' - my co-editor, Ken Preston, and I will be inviting fiction writers those work we admire to become regular contributors, whilst leaving a few places open for submissions from writers who were previously unknown to us.

As I mentioned, the initial idea for HL was mine, but immediately I sought the help and guidance of my friend
Ken Preston, as he is not only someone whose work I respect but who also knows far more about the publishing industry than I do.
Ken has always had a far more realistic outlook than me, regarding HL, and has made me aware that I need to 'grow up' in my views about how the project should develop; he is correct, it simply won't do if I just reproduce any old piece of writing on the magazine's website - Hardline has to be a project that bears the hallmark of quality - it will benefit no-one if the quality of writing is negligible. These days, anyone can fill a webpage with their fiction, one doesn't even need coding skills as in the past - Hardline needs to showcase good writing if it's to gain attention, and a reading audience; as I mentioned previously, issue two will be very different to the first edition; indeed, my own writing may not feature if other staff members feel that it's not up to standard.

Regarding the marketing of Hardline: Obviously, we've set up groups at the major social networking sites such as Bebo, Facebook, Technorati et al, and thanks to Mairi's ('Ma100') work on Myspace, the project has attracted attention from several established authors, whom we will interview and profile in subsequent issues. I've also added HL to various search engine directories. After receiving guidance from industry veterans, we may consider contacting publishers to draw their attention to the magazine. We also have onboard Anika Scott, our consultant, who is a vastly experienced and knowledgable journalist, one whose guidance is invaluable to me personally and to the project as a whole. HL already receives around 100 hits per day, and that's for a magazine that hasn't been officially 'released' yet. We have more submissions than we can handle swiftly, in truth; around 10-15 each day, so we're not doing too badly.
We plan to run a competition each month, with a prize for the winning authors.

But I must insist, as regards publicity and promotion, we're only doing what a thousand other webmasters have done before - we would greatly appreciate any help and/or advice that you or anyone reading can offer us; at the moment, things are looking good and we're optimistic, but we're not arrogant or naive enough to believe that we know better than anyone else, or that we can remain independent of outside aid - as I stressed in the mail I recently sent to HL contributors, we want to help them succeed, but we know that we're not a genuinely professional organisation; any assistance you can give would be gratefully received. :)
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Re: New Magazine Requires Fresh Writing Talent
« Reply #23 on: March 28, 2008, 04:02:14 PM »
Hi Steve,
Are you able to share with members what plans you have to promote the site and how you feel it can help boost a writer's profile/chances of publication elsewhere? It would be great to see some people get some attention from it, but we already know that editors of non-fiction are drowning in submissions and agents for writers of fiction are snowed under - how and why can a new site like this help?
(I am asking because I think it's an important question and am being devil's advocate - I have jumped at the chance to be included!)
Best wishes


Hi Linda, (Hi Steve,)
Just adding and reinforcing what Steve has already said, Hardline will indeed be a very different beast upon its second issue, not only in look but in content too. The magazine will exist primarily to showcase the work of unpublished, and self published, writers. But that doesn't mean we will be accepting any piece of work regardless of quality. If you are going to submit a piece of work to the Hardline, be it fiction or non fiction, it needs to be tight, well written and compelling.
If you are an author and you want to showcase your work then it needs to be good. Every piece you submit to us (or anybody else for that matter) needs to be the best you can make it, and we're not talking just about the story here, you need to pay attention to spelling (including those infuriating typos) and the formatting of your work.

And it needs to be about something.
It needs to give us a reason to start reading it, and even better reason to keep reading it, right up until the end.
We are not trying to be MWC here. If you want critiques of your work to find out how it could be made better, or where it goes wrong, then post it on MWC, that's what we are all here for on this wonderful forum, to give each other a helping hand in the processes of writing and publishing.
The Hardline is there to showcase your work.
It's a magazine, just like the one you pick up at your local shop, but without the photographs of ditzy celebrities showing off their boobs and bemoaning their lot in life.
If we want the Hardline to grow in stature and popularity then no amount of flashy graphics and networking on the social network sites will achieve that. One thing and one thing alone is going to ensure HL survives beyond its 2nd issue, and that's the content.

Sorry for the rant, but I'm passionate about reading quality writing, and I don't care if it's in a book, a magazine, online, or on the back of a Cornflakes packet, if it's good and it grabs me then I'll read it.

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Re: New Magazine Requires Fresh Writing Talent
« Reply #24 on: March 29, 2008, 06:50:47 PM »
Here-Here! You both should be commended for going the extra mile for all of us who beat the keys or grind the graphite .

Good work you two!


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Re: New Magazine Requires Fresh Writing Talent
« Reply #25 on: March 30, 2008, 10:00:30 PM »
Steve, Ken, et al.,

I'll echo Chris.  Congratulations are in order.  I'm off to the MWC bar to drink to your health.
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Re: New Magazine Requires Fresh Writing Talent
« Reply #26 on: March 30, 2008, 10:22:38 PM »
Hi Linda, (Hi Steve,)
Just adding and reinforcing what Steve has already said, Hardline will indeed be a very different beast upon its second issue, not only in look but in content too. The magazine will exist primarily to showcase the work of unpublished, and self published, writers. But that doesn't mean we will be accepting any piece of work regardless of quality. If you are going to submit a piece of work to the Hardline, be it fiction or non fiction, it needs to be tight, well written and compelling.
If you are an author and you want to showcase your work then it needs to be good. Every piece you submit to us (or anybody else for that matter) needs to be the best you can make it, and we're not talking just about the story here, you need to pay attention to spelling (including those infuriating typos) and the formatting of your work.

And it needs to be about something.
It needs to give us a reason to start reading it, and even better reason to keep reading it, right up until the end.
We are not trying to be MWC here. If you want critiques of your work to find out how it could be made better, or where it goes wrong, then post it on MWC, that's what we are all here for on this wonderful forum, to give each other a helping hand in the processes of writing and publishing.
The Hardline is there to showcase your work.
It's a magazine, just like the one you pick up at your local shop, but without the photographs of ditzy celebrities showing off their boobs and bemoaning their lot in life.
If we want the Hardline to grow in stature and popularity then no amount of flashy graphics and networking on the social network sites will achieve that. One thing and one thing alone is going to ensure HL survives beyond its 2nd issue, and that's the content.

Sorry for the rant, but I'm passionate about reading quality writing, and I don't care if it's in a book, a magazine, online, or on the back of a Cornflakes packet, if it's good and it grabs me then I'll read it.

Cheers,
Ken :)

Ken, Steve,
I applaud the efforts of you both, but would like to make a comment.
There's nothing like being left in the balance. If you guys know what you looking for and you consider MWC Members capable of producing the calibre of stuff you want, why don't you invite 'them' (your selected writers) to submit (your) selected pieces? You know the standard you want, also, a direct invitation would negate the 'potential rejection' syndrome.
Just a thought!
If this is something that is already happening, then my comment is a mute one!

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Re: New Magazine Requires Fresh Writing Talent
« Reply #27 on: March 31, 2008, 04:40:55 AM »
Thanks Steve and Ken for your thoughtful replies, I'm totally with you on the quality of the content being the deciding factor in helping drive the site forward. Could I send you some questions by email and turn your answers into an article for my freelance writing blog?

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Re: New Magazine Requires Fresh Writing Talent
« Reply #28 on: March 31, 2008, 07:01:48 AM »
Hi again, Linda,
I'd be delighted to receive an any questions you'd like to ask, and it would be very kind of you to feature HL on the excellent Freelance Writing Tips website: http://www.freelancewritingtips.com/

Once I receive said questions, I'll forward them to Ken, we'll write seperate answers, and you can then edit as you like. :)

Thanks again, Linda, take care :)


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Re: New Magazine Requires Fresh Writing Talent
« Reply #29 on: March 31, 2008, 07:11:53 AM »
If you guys know what you looking for and you consider MWC Members capable of producing the calibre of stuff you want, why don't you invite 'them' (your selected writers) to submit (your) selected pieces?

Hi Mr T :)

Yep, that is what we plan to do, mate. :)
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