Publishing success for Sharon

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SHARON Richards, the founder of story telling group, Success Stories, has been nominated for a prize in a different field.

After setting up a Success Stories publishing company, 56-year-old Sale resident, Sharon has been nominated for the annual Kim Scott Walwyn Prize. Founded in 2003, it recognises the professional achievements and promise of women in publishing.

Sharon said: “One day, a member of our story telling club had a stroke and could no longer perform as a musician.

“I suggested he wrote about his experience in a ‘drabble diary’ and create 100 tales of 100 words. It helped.

“While working with him I set up Success Stories Publishing Limited and published his work.

“I recruited 11 more writers for the Drabble Diary project and the third volume is due in March.”

Two writers came up with other medical subjects such as breast cancer and multiple sclerosis. Another drabble diary was about a reluctant gardener and yet another was entitled Gory Stories.

One writer even came up with Drabble Folk and Fairy Tales which is suitable for children. It is a collection of classic and new tales from all over the world.

Sharon will discover whether she has been shortlisted on April 8. If she wins, she will receive £1,000 from the Society of Young Publishers and a two day course at the Publishing Training Centre in London.

* The Drabble Diaries may be purchased in paper back form from www.drabblediaries.com for £4.99 or as an e-book, priced £2.40, from smashwords.com/profile/view/successstories.

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