Exciting news! Experiments in Fiction is now no longer just your favourite poetry and fiction website 🙂 it is also my own small business. This means I have taken a further step towards my dream of making a living from my writing. Of course, the main reason we write is because we love it, but there are times when we also need to put food on the table. So we either take a day job, and write in our spare time, or try to make a living from our writing. The latter option can certainly seem a bit daunting, but I have devoted so much time to this dream already that for me, the time is right to move on to this next stage!
What does this mean for Experiments in Fiction?
Regular readers need not worry: I hate ads as much as you do, so I will not be adding these to the site. What I am planning to offer from early next year is an exciting range of online poetry courses. These may interest people who wish to know more about the history of poetry in English, or the ‘nuts and bolts’ of poetry (how to write different metres, rhyme schemes, etc). I intend to teach the rules so you can break them. Poetry rebels will be more than welcome!
I’m also working on a Newsletter, with the first edition to be published in January. From that point on, all you will need to do is sign up to find out more about the courses I will offer. In the meantime, if you have any suggestions about the type of content you would like me to include within my courses, leave a comment below or email me: email@example.com.
Very best of luck. A brave move, Ingrid. I wish you well with this new venture.
Thank you Hobbo! I may need Dauphy as my teaching assistant 😅
ha ha ha. Any time!
I will pay him in Bonios 😂
The power of dreams. Well done, Ingrid! xx
Thanks Nick xx
Wow Ingrid. That’s a very brave move. I am sure it will work out as you are so determined and also resourceful. Congratulations Ingrid. Keep the dream going. ❤️
Thanks Lorraine: 🙏❤️
Well done! Good luck! I hope it will be successful. No sorry, I trust it will be successful! 😁 Go forth!
Thank you 😊
Congratulations and best of luck, Ingrid!
Thanks Merril: now the hard work begins 😅
Always the way!🤣
Congratulations! This is a huge and exciting step and I’m sure it will be a great success 😊
Thank you 😊
Oh wow. Awesome. It will go swell I know. I look forward to joining your newsletter in the new year. Is Shakespearean sonnets something you’ll teach? I’d be interested in that.
Anyway, here’s looking at you. Go, You!
Thank you so much! I will definitely include them as part of the course ❤️
Best of luck in your endeavors. I made a living from writing newsletters for 25 years, so yes, it can be done. The best (unsolicited) advice I can give is to be mindful of burnout.
Thanks Ron! I already get that with all the unpaid work I do 😅
Good luck Ingrid! We should always give our dreams a chance to thrive. (K)
Thank you Kerfe!
Wow! That is exciting news, I know your courses will be top-notch! ❣
Thank you Tricia 🥰
All the best Ingrid! Follow those dreams!
What a great idea. I have never heard of anyone offering online lessons in writing poetry before. I wish you every success with it.
I think there is a Masterclass on it, but I can offer a more personal and tailor-made touch. Thanks Suzanne!
Good luck with it. 🙂
This is a wonderful way to expand your boundaries, Ingrid, and pass on what you know to others. I connect with the idea of teaching the rules so others can break them!
If I’m going to teach, it must be something I feel passionate about: and that would certainly include poetry!
This is a natural next step Ingrid and I’ve been waiting for you to move into this arena. I love it and I know you will be extraordinarily successful in this new business! 💖 👏👏👏 Kudos to you!!! 💖
I know already how to break the rules but it would be good to know what I’m breaking. xo Nice job!👏👏
Thank you Cindy! It’s a big venture, but I’m looking forward to it 🙂
Pleasure… it will be awesome 💖 I have no doubt❤️
Congratulations, Ingrid! Wishing you success and happiness in your new venture. You are an enormously talented and prolific writer and I am sure you will do very well! <3
Thank you kindly, Cheryl! I will try my best ❤️
Congrats on your decision to follow your dreams, Ingrid, and best of luck! ❤️
Thanks Eugi! ❤️
You’re welcome, Ingrid.
Wonderful Ingrid. Congratulations from the bottom of my heart and lots of luck hon. Your poetry is beautiful and I am sure you can offer a wealth of knowledge to everyone.
Let us know when we can sign for the newsletter.
Thank you so much: I will be working hard to get it ready ❤️
Thank you so much Ingrid. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday 🌹
You too 🥰
That’s fantastic Ingrid. Wishing you every success on this exciting new path. x
Thanks Marion: now that funs starts 😅
Sounds like a very exciting adventure Ingrid, good luck! I pray it’s a success 🙂
Congratulations, Ingrid!!! That’s exciting news, and I wish you the best going forward. 🙂
Thank you so much 🙏
Exciting news! Onward and upward!! 👏🏻
Congrats! What an exciting step! I look forward to seeing all the new things! (and taking part too!)
Thank you so much! Lots of planning and preparation to do now 😅
All the best, Ingrid! 🙂 I can’t think of anyone on WordPress more qualified and deserving of success!
This is such a kind compliment, Cheryl, thank you ❤️
This is such an amazing juncture Ingrid. I’m really happy for you. I’m always there for a chat. 🥂 a toast to your future success…
Thanks Andi! The orders are coming in so I’m really pleased 😊
That is amazing… I’m so happy to hear this.
Thank you 😊
I was scrolling around, cause I hadn’t seen your poetry at dverse for a bit…think this is grand idea, as you mention newsletter I thought I’d suggest sites….ko-fi.com is free, costs you nothing, and of course you can put your own monthly fee for the course…substack.com take 10% of your takings, a lot, but they are growing…revue.com take 5%, paapyrus.so take 5%, and patreon I am not sure. I think your idea is brilliant, needs to be marketed and will take time to grow, would use ALL the sites. Would also suggest incorporating a podcast, which you can in some sites, others I think you can link soundcloud, and students could of course….anyway, just thoughts, all the best..
Thank you, Ain – I do apologise that this somehow went to spam! This is a great idea to market the courses across several platforms. At the moment, I’m really busy with the publishing side of things, but I think the courses could well be another valuable income stream. I have the ideas ready to go, just need to find the time and energy to create them!