Why YOU should come to the Twisted50 Launch and Awards

One thing we have learned from all our adventures in Create50 is that the writers, and especially THE WRITERS, don’t shout about their success enough.


As one writer shared with us ‘I don’t want to put it on my Facebook feed as my friends will think I am bragging.’


While it’s easy for many of us all to say to that writer, ‘for goodness sake, blow your own trumpet!’, we should also ask, have I been holding back too?


Watching from the sidelines, I would suggest that 85% of the winning writers in Twisted50 could… and SHOULD do more to help promote the success of their work in this volume. And in doing so, help promote all the other writers in the book, and the Twisted50 initiative too.


This blog entry is a loving hug to ALL of us who find it hard to shout about our individual successes.


And today, in this world, shouting about success is essential.


So, to the Awards and Launch party.


This is an extraordinary opportunity to meet everyone involved in the creation of Twisted50 and Evil Little Sister. It will be huge fun.


It is also a brilliant photo opportunity and story to share with your network, on your social media and your website/blog.


Photo evidence is a great way to show that you are an active member in your success, in raising your profile and committed to the team spirit which is involved in the creative process.


So, get your glam rags on, look your best creative and professional self and enjoy the limelight YOU CREATED! 




Of course we all have our own fears and vulnerabilities which prevent us from doing what we perhaps should. I get it. My own personal battles engulf me at times and cause me to engage in some serious self-sabotage.


Like this Twisted awards and launch party. I am the producer on it and I have been working really hard in the background from day 1, for no money, just the love and the learning curve. I could stay in the background, and not go to the party because my job here is done. But I don’t actually want to be in the background. I want to be in the foreground, like Chris who does this so well. I am a writer and I want to raise my profile. I am also working on my own events now and I want to own that stage when I lead my troops into my next creative endeavour, but guess what?




Terrified of standing up. Afraid of being judged I guess. Afraid of being found out for being a fraud (which I am not of course, but always feel like I am). Afraid to raise my profile as a writer and producer; what if my work is shit???!!!


So, time and time again I hear creatives reject big (and small) events and opportunities. During my career in the creative industry I have often heard the following:


A.      I don’t need to go because I am a writer, I write, that’s it.

B.      I don’t want to go, all that schmoozing isn’t my thing.

C.      I’m too scared, I don’t do all that ‘being out there’

D.      It’s too far and I can’t be bothered.

E.       Why should I have to pay for a ticket?!

F.       I didn’t win, I don’t want to go.


These are my answers to those complaints:


A.      Yes, you write and you owe it to your writing to raise your profile and get out there.

B.      Schmoozing, kissing arse whatever you choose to call it, is part of your success. The name you give it is simply the resistance in your head. It is about building relationships.

C.      Facing your fears is part of your success as a writer/creative. Writing is very often the easy part. Getting out there takes courage.

D.      Is the work you have put into your creative baby not worth the effort to travel and celebrate your success?  Unless you live in London, potentially all events will be too far away from home. These are things you need to evaluate. Making the commitment and effort could be life changing. You never know who you could meet.

E.       Good question. In an ideal world the tickets would be free, especially to the winners. The reality for many creative projects is that they run at a loss and they are often funded by the more successful projects within the company. So please don’t assume that companies are money grabbing.

F.       Fair enough, but did you submit a story? Did you nearly make it? Or did you consider submitting? Come and celebrate that! Again, you never know who you could meet. It could inspire you beyond words.



Come to the party. Come and join in the fun and see where it takes you.


Without you, the writers, we are nothing.


Without your courage and creativity, we are nothing.


Without your dreams and goals, we are nothing.


And without each other, we are nothing.


Creativity can be achieved in solitude for sure, but together we are powerful. We all embarked on this project together and I have learnt a huge amount from each and every one of you, so come, come and introduce yourself, let’s drink, schmooze and let’s see what magic we can create in the future.


See you on the red carpet!




Twisted50 Producer

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Comments: 17
  • #1

    Milethia (Friday, 03 February 2017 16:37)

    Hi Cristina. Very insightful post. I live 'up north' so am travelling to the event, experience some social anxiety, believe I communicate better in writing than verbally, but I know how important it is to come to London, to meet the fabulous people who've been involved in this fantastic venture, and to expand my horizons. Until recently I didn't 'shout' about my creative endeavours, and would not talk about being a writer to many people - as a colleague said, 'I never knew!' But then, why would anyone have known, if I said nothing about it? And when I see my little lad jumping up and down excitedly, proud of his mam, excited that I'm going to London, that I have 'a story in a book', I see how positive it is. Talking about my writing has resulted in being asked to work with a young person for an hour a week who wants to learn about screenplay writing - I admit to feeling a little nervous, but then I told myself that, although not an expert, I do know something and helping someone else with their dreams is a wonderful feeling. So thanks Chris, Cristina and team - and the writing community - for the opportunities, the Create50 process and the support. Long may it continue.

  • #2

    Chris Jones (Friday, 03 February 2017 17:19)

    @Milethia When we don't share our success, we don't share our passion and excitement, we rob the world of our greatest contribution - inspiration to others, and how cool is it to inspire your son! That makes ALL the hard work for everyone worth it!

  • #3

    Kim L. Wheeler (Friday, 03 February 2017 23:28)

    Milethia, you inspired me, encouraged me and took the time, your time, to review and provide feedback on my work. I look forward to meeting you very much and to buying you that well deserved 'thank you so much' drink. Let's celebrate together how we came through the mire of normality and created something truly special, together! :) x

  • #4

    Milethia (Saturday, 04 February 2017 10:11)

    That's lovely, Kim. See you there.

  • #5

    Dee Chilton (Sunday, 05 February 2017 17:37)

    Milethia, Cristina, I'm so looking forward to meeting you in person at the party, and indeed everyone else who is going to be there too. This has been, and continues to be, a sublime and inspirational initiative, well worth facing up to and defeating our fears for.

  • #6

    Hillier Townsend (Monday, 06 February 2017 18:07)

    Truer words never spoken, er, written, Milethia. Yup, I dug really deep into the finances, and will be pinched awhile after, but I'll be coming over to celebrate (will there be CAKE??) and cannot wait to meet you and everyone else. Best reason I can think of to dig out The Little Black Dress!

  • #7

    Chris Jones (Monday, 06 February 2017 18:22)

    And we CANNOT wait to see you too @Hillier!

  • #8

    Cristina Palmer-Romero (Monday, 06 February 2017 23:16)

    Wow, it's going to be awesome seeing so many faces!

  • #9

    Richard Craven (Thursday, 09 February 2017 19:01)

    I am very much item E above. I'm not coming to the launch, because I'm simply not paying for a ticket. You've published a book. The money you make should come from your readers, not the people who did the work for you.

  • #10

    Chris Jones (Thursday, 09 February 2017 20:10)

    @Richard, I sent you a personal message about this. By all means don't come. It will be your loss and we will miss you. If you want I will share the sales stats with you and the balance sheet and you will see that Create50 is entirely about helping people up the ladder by platforming their talent. Speak to other writers involved like @Dee Chilton or @KT Parker and they will tell share with you what it's like behind the scenes.

    On one level this is a huge compliment as you must think that Create50 is a huge deal, we must be so rich. The reality is very far from that. In fact polar opposite. I am going to write a detailed blog post about this in due course but as I said in the text to you, you can choose to be 'right' about this and save £15, or you can roll the dice on that £15 investment and come along and see where it leads.

    So again, come and you will get a big hug, some photos on the red carpet, a great night out, some awards and loads of fun. Or save £15. I would advise the hug.

    Love you whatever you choose.


  • #11

    Steve Pool (Thursday, 09 February 2017 20:36)

    I would like to add something to this discussion in regards to the cost of attending an event like this. I have, for many years, wanted to see my work in print. I wrote the story that was chosen for Twisted50, "Silver Load", back in 2004, and I'd been sitting on it for twelve years. It cost money to submit to the contest (since these things themselves cost money to run), and it's costing me money to come to the book launch - my wife Robin and I are flying in from Charlotte, North Carolina to attend. Believe me, paying for a long-weekend in London (we are there Friday to Monday) is not cheap. But I want to be a part of this, and I want to be a bigger part of the publishing world at large. Who will I meet at the party? I don't know. Maybe I'll meet a literary agent who likes my work and wants to pick me up. Maybe I won't. Maybe I'll meet a filmmaker who likes the "feel" of my story and would like to discuss filming rights. Maybe I won't. But I am convinced of this one thing: I must make the effort to build relationships with the other writers, voice actors, producers, and, if possible, agents and publishers, if I wish to see my books sold in places like "Barnes & Noble". This will be my second trip to London in the past three months because of this book, the first time being back in early November (at a cost of several thousand dollars), to ostensibly meet with Chris and Elinor (and take a vacation, I'll admit...we did tour the Cotswolds, as well). This was absolutely the right thing for me to do, because whether or not I get an immediate return on that investment of time and money (in the form of more publishing opportunities), I believe that down the road these relationship-building costs will pay dividends. I encourage everyone with a stake in book and in the contest to consider whatever financial costs (small or great) you invest here to be well worth it and essential to advancing your writing career, at whatever stage you are in it. I'll get off my soapbox now. Thanks for taking time to read my words here. See you all (hopefully) at the party in a few weeks.

  • #12

    Lucy V (Thursday, 09 February 2017 21:18)

    I love your positivity Steve and wow what dedication, coming all that way!!! I thought I was long distance, coming up from Devon! And nope Create50 or Londonswf isnt paying my train ticket and I bought a first edition like everyone else. The thing is, relationships ARE key. I love that all of us can come together and make something real like this. Cheap at half the price.

  • #13

    KT Parker (Thursday, 09 February 2017 22:51)

    What an inspirational message, Steve Pool! I'm coming over from Paris, which involves a lot less travel, but is also a financial sacrifice as I don't have any income at the moment. However, there are too few opportunities in my life to catch up with my writing buddies and meet people for real whose work I admire that I have only ever met online, so I wouldn't miss it for the world. I'm looking forward to meeting you and your wife, and you too Milethia (at last!)

    To Richard Craven, I'm sorry you won't be coming. I don't want to rub you up the wrong way, but I do wonder if perhaps you've misunderstood what this initiative is all about? Yes, you paid a fiver to submit your work, have it reviewed by at least 3 other people and re-submit a couple more drafts if you chose too. Believe me, that fiver did not cover the cost of the services your received from the Create50 platform. It's also true that readers, such as myself, are paying to buy the book. However, it is priced for volume rather than profit because high sales are more likely to grab the attention of the people who can help the contributing writers further develop their writing careers.

    The way to look at these costs is as an essential investment in marketing and self-promotion. Knowing Chris, there will be people in the room that at your current career stage you wouldn't be able to meet any other way. Like all creative businesses, establishing relationships is so important. If somebody has actually met you, it can make the difference between a query letter generating a read request or not. Also, never underestimate your fellow writers as a source of leads. I frequently get emails with, "I saw this, and thought of you..." It's all about being part of a community and collaborating to create each other's success.

  • #14

    Kim L. Wheeler (Thursday, 09 February 2017 23:30)

    Richard, I grant you that the economics of this writing business is complex and far from ideal. Utopia would grant us the opportunity to reap vast rewards, straight off, from our first successes and that would be a neat thing. Unfortunately, the reality of our situation, as emerging writers, is that not only do we have to speculate to accumulate but, in the early stages, we have to be willing to give away 'free samples' of our art in order to have the industry sit up and take an interest in us as an entity. (All new product launches do this, so I guess we are no different?) Only then are we able to benefit from that "I loved your story; what else have you got" scenario, from publishers and producers; wouldn't that be cool? At the end of the day, the entry fee was £5, the ticket £15. For £20 we have had the benefit of learning how to give and receive feedback, expanding our professional network, becoming a published author, acquiring an agent, increasing our knowledge of writing, attending a book signing (with all the social media potential that this includes) and, perhaps most importantly, making new friends. Not a bad investment, eh? I hope sincerely to meet you and congratulate you on your present success by buying you a drink. If not, I wish you all the very best for your future success and hope that our paths may cross someday. Yours in #Create50. Cheers, Kim x

  • #15

    Dee Chilton (Friday, 10 February 2017 01:20)

    In relation to 'value for money', each uf us must for decide ourselves what we are prepared to invest in terms of finances, time and effort, and that is exactly the right thing for us - nobody can ever tell us we are 'wrong'.

    I would add to all the above well made points, that buying the book, paying the costs to travel and stay in London (I live in Somerset) and buying the ticket to attend the launch party, for me, represents the culmination of something unique and very special that I feel is priceless. I'd be missing out if I was not there to share in the celebration of our amazing collaboration, to meet as many of my peers in person as I can, and network with everyone else who is there to help us cement the reputation of this wonderful creative initiative in the industry; something that will benefit all of us in the long term I am sure... and that is the point after all - to help us to help ourselves.

    If I hadn't invested a few pounds and a huge amount of (very rewarding) time in my involvement with Create50, I would not now have a beautiful short film shot and in the final stages of edit, another one in the planning stages, and a short story published. I would not have enjoyed challenging myself to stretch my boundaries, try something 'different' and get out of my comfort zone. I would not have had the immense benefit of recieving constructive feedback and improving my craft skills and indeed learned so much from reading other writers' work and (I hope) helping them to get the best from their own writing.

    I very much look forward to seeing/meeting everyone who can make it to the launch and awards party on Feb 24th, but I also congratulate each and every one of those who, for whatever reason, can't make it. I for one will raise my glass and toast to your success.

    Dee :-)

  • #16

    JM (Wednesday, 15 February 2017 18:36)

    Rather than a little black dress I'm thinking little black snakeskin trousers - slightly gothic, definitely fabulous! � Looking forward to seeing everyone, I've treated myself to a hotel and everything!

  • #17

    Mistress Twisted (Thursday, 16 February 2017 14:01)

    My little black dress will of course by latex!