February Meeting Change

As we have had increasingly small turnouts at meeting over the last year, and several people have said that they could not make Wednesdays, I wondered if another day of the week might be better. Therefore, I suggest that we meet for another feedback session on Tuesday 28th February.

The Rose and Crown on North Parade proved very successful, and we were not charged, so I think, if I can book that room again, we will meet there.

I will update with details, but just wanted to warn members about the change of day. Please also remember that subscriptions for 2017 are due, so please bring cash.

January Meeting at New Venue

The next meeting of Group 2012 will be a feedback and brainstorming session at a new venue for our feedback sessions. We will be meeting on Wednesday 25th, 7pm at The Rose and Crown pub on North Parade. We will meet in the room at the back through the garden. The pub does great food and if we, as a group, spend more than £50 on food and drink, the room is free.

At the session we will spend 30 minutes talking about the future of the group and what members want over the next year in terms of speakers and training sessions.

Address: 14 N Parade Ave, Oxford OX2 6LX
Looking forward to seeing you there.

Merry Christmas

header-imageWhat an amazing year, two members won two-book publishing deals, a marraige and two babies. Great supporters of Group 2012, Oneworld, have won the Man Booker two years running. It has all been so exciting.

Looking forward to 2017 and even more fun and success.

Please remember to let us know if you have a blog so we can add it to our list.

In order to be able to get more speakers down from London, we are going to try holding the feedback sessions at other locations in 2017, if we can find free rooms. Do let me have any ideas.

A massive thank you to Zool and everyone at Blackwell’s for all their support.

To celebrate Christmas and the New Year, The Oxford Editors is offering an extra 10% discount on our services to members of group – so that is a great 20% off if you need more one-to-one help.

Finally, thank you all, our wonderful members, who make this group such a joy to be part of.



December Meeting on 15th

Blackwell’s have invited us to be part of their Christmas event this year. On Thursday 15th December, they have an evening of late-night shopping (music, wine, mince pies and a 15% discount across the shop). Group 2012 is invited to this evening in place of a separate December session – From 7-8 there will be something special for the group with presentations from booksellers of their favourite books.

Perhaps everyone could come prepared to recommend the best (and worst) books they have read during 2016?

October meeting

Wednesday 26th October 2016 at Blackwell’s Bookshop 7-9pm

AGENTS – do you really need them?

Peter Tickler will talk to group about getting his books into print and his experience with and without AGENTS.


Then members who want to will have a go at the elevator pitch – telling that all important person about your book in the time it tale to travel up a couple of floors in a lift.



Peter Tickler is now a writer of crime fiction, thought he has also written military non-fiction for the UK and US markets as well as biblical stories for the radio. He has had five crime novels published by two very different publishers. He also has plenty of other stories (some encouraging and some cautionary) to share.

His latest book is The Girl Who Stole the Apple.

September Feedback Session

Wednesday 29th September at Oxford Quaker Meeting, 43 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LW
Feedback session 7pm-10pm.

This will be a feedback session so please bring something to share if you wish, or just come and offer your feedback. Now tat we can stay till 10pm there shoul be less of a ruh to get everybody in.


Looking forward to hearing what you have all written over the summer.

Lisa Dickenson: You Had Me at Merlot

Saturday, August 20th at 15:00 – 16:00
As part of the Oxfordshire Libraries ‘A Midsummer Night’s Read’ Adult Reading Challenge 2016, author Lisa Dickenson will be discussing her funny romantic novel ‘You Had Me at Merlot’ at Headington Library. Lisa will also be giving a few tips on how to write comedy and romance and how she became a published author.

Elle and Laurie are the last ones standing: they’re single, they’re not having babies any time soon and their weekends aren’t filled with joyful meetings about mortgages. For Elle, this is fine. She likes her independent life, but Laurie wants love and she wants it now. So when Laurie begs Elle to come with her on a singles holiday to a beautiful vineyard in Tuscany, Elle is reluctant. She has no intention of swapping her perfectly lovely life for someone else’s idea of her Mr Perfect, but ten days under the Italian sun with her best friend and lashings of wine? How bad could that be?

Tickets for the event are free but limited, please contact the library directly on 01865 762867 or email headington.library@oxfordshire.gov.uk


(Free but you need to pick up tickets beforehand.)