Introduce Yourself : Hi Everyone by Rosalind Winton

Rosalind Winton

Hi Everyone

I am a literary editor with my own business, One Voice Literary Agency and as well as editing everything from full length novels, to children's books, I have also edited many scripts for members of Stage 32.

I am currently writing a screenplay, called The Postcard, which is based on the true story of my Great Grandparents.

In my other life, I'm a lyricist and I have been writing and producing songs for nearly 40 years. I have enjoyed some lovely achievements, including winning awards, but my ultimate dream is to write a theme song for a film or television production. I have a music page on my website, where you can read my full bio and watch some music videos of songs I have worked on over the years.

Stage 32 has been amazing and I have learned so much and met some incredible people. Thank you to RB, Amanda, Jason and the whole team, this is an incredible place to be.

David C. Velasco

Greetings Rosalind!

Rosalind Winton

Hi Bamutiire. Due to unforseen, personal circumstances, we had to stop it, mostly due to time constraints, it took up most all our time. Also we didn't have a proper marketing strategy to make an income from it, which is another reason why we stopped it. I'm still in touch with Sarah, her career has taken her in a different direction for now and I can't see that we will be able to take on the magazine again. It was so much fun to produce and we were sad to have to stop it, but it just wasn't working out for us. I'm so glad you enjoyed reading it :)

Hi David, greetings to you too :)

Melanie Star Scot

Hi Rosalind! Thanks for the "plug" for Stage 32. I'm just now getting into it and starting to reach out for more networking. With so much negativity on most of the other social media outlets, t's good to hear others sing its praises.

Rosalind Winton

Hi Melanie. Yes, it is the best place to be for learning. I did not know anything about script writing before I found it and it was thanks to members allowing me to edit their scripts for free in the beginning to practise and learn everything. Script services have been a godssend and has allowed me to improve my script greatly. The advice and help I've received is priceless.

Eoin O'Sullivan

Hi Rosalind. I love a gripping True Story/Historical Drama - would love to have a read sometime.

Richard "RB" Botto

THE legendary Rosalind!

Maddison Bullock

So excited to meet you Rosalind. What a decorated and inspiring career! Sending you a network request!

David DeHaas

Howdy! I write many things, not just screenplays! Nice to meet ya!

Edward Gehlert

Nice to meet you! I just read your blog post on here about finding a renewed passion for writing. Best advice ever is in the first line of that. Giving up is just not an option.

Selma Karayalcin

Lovely to meet you - I am sure your screenplay will be lyrical and poetical. I'd love to know what has made you want to tell your grandparents' story.

Rosalind Winton

Oh wow, thank you everyone.

Eoin. Thank you, I certainly will do, that would be great, any feedback would be greatly appreciated, I'll be in touch when I'm ready.

RB. Awww. thanks :)

Maddison, thank you so much, I have accepted :)

Bamutiire LOL. With all these compliments I won't be able to get my head through the door LOL.

Hi David, what else do you write?

Edward. Wow, thank you, glad you enjoyed my blog :)

Selma. My Great Grandparents, Harry and Rebecca left Warsaw in the early 1900s during the troubles there. Rebecca's family went to America, Harry and Rebecca came to England and settled in London. They had two daughters. After some years, they decided they wanted to travel to America to rejoin Rebecca's family and start a new life there. They bought four tickets, which happened to be for the Titanic. A few days before they were due to leave, one of the children (who were 5 and 3 years old) became ill and couldn't travel, so it was decided that Harry would go and Rebecca would stay in London with the girls and join Harry another time. Before the ship set sail, Harry sent a postcard to Rebecca. Harry died when the Titanic sank on the 15th April 1912. The postcard has survived the decades and been passed down the generations to me and I have it in a frame on my table. It's worn, dog eared, yellowed and written in a Hebrew script, but it is my most treasured possession. These are all the details that we know, so I have had to make a lot up to fill a full length feature. The difficulty I'm having, is giving Rebecca a complete arc. I have received amazing feedback from readers here on Stage 32, but the running comments I get all the time, is that Rebecca doesn't 'change' enough through the story, so that is something I'm working on right now :)

David DeHaas

Rosalind Winton my favorite things to write are philosophical treatise, and I have some ideas for novels, you can DM me and we can talk more if you wish!

Rosalind Winton

Hi David, I'll be in touch over the next few days.

Vital Butinar

Hi Rosalind Winton that's an amazing story and it's so amazing that you're also a song writer.

My team and I shot a proof of concept tv show pilot during the summer and the lead talent wanted to try himself in making a score for the pilot and I was so amazed how great of a job he did.

So I'd say just find an opportunity to do it and I'm willing to bet that it will be amazing both the experience as well as what you'll create because you've got the desire to do so.

By the way can you tell me a little bit more about what a literary editor does?

Rosalind Winton

Hi Vital, thank you for your message, your words are very encouraging. My editing work entailes reading through a piece of work, which could be absolutely anything from full length novels, children's books, articles, business reports, blogs, anything at all and I will look at grammar and spelling, continuity, character and story development, format if it's a screenplay and anything else that comes to light during a read through of a piece of work. In essence I help writers and authors bring their work up to a very high standard. I can also help with synopses and covering letters to publishers/agents etc.

Vital Butinar

Thank you Rosalind Winton. That actually clears up a lot.

Well I have dyslexia and thankfully my girlfriends sister is willing to read anything important that I write and point out stuff because I tend to miss things.

So I guess having someone who goes trough stuff that people write is a valuable thing. :)

Rosalind Winton

Vital, it certainly is. Both my husband and younger daughter are dyslexic and that is why I got into editing, I help them all the time with anything word releated that they do. I'm glad you have your sister to help you and if you need any help in the future, please let me know :)

Wendy Jones

Oh my God, I'm in awe. Would love to be able to write songs. I would be hopeless at that. So jealous.

Rosalind Winton

Hi Wendy, awww, thanks you :) It's just something I have always loved doing and the best thing about is, when I get great messages telling me how much my songs have helped in some way, that makes all the work worthwhile. You can see a few of my music videos on my music webpage, they represent some of the projects I have worked on over the years :)

Monica Mansy

Welcome, Rosalind Winton! It's nice to meet you!

Claude Gagne

Hi Rosalin -- I love writing in that age group. I wonder what you'd come up with in music on my historical fiction, "Map in a Bottle". music

Rosalind Winton

Hi Monica, thank you, nice to meet you as well :)

Claude. Are you looking for a theme song?

Andrea Zurlo

Nice to meet you, you're a really complete creative. Congratulations.

Claude Gagne

Maybe, if my screenplay gets picked up! It's nice to have connections if ever it does happen. Do you only write the lyrics? I imagine you would need the story in your mind to come up with the words to your music. Do you have a musical instrument to help you along? I couldn't believe it when they said Paul McCartney couldn't read music! Have a good one, Claude.

Rosalind Winton

Hi Andrea, thank you so much :)

Claude. I do mainly only write lyrics. I have composed my own melodies now and then, but 99.9 percent of the time, I write the lyrics and then my musician friends compose the music. I can read music and play very basic acoustic guitar, but I can't compose music, or sing lol. Yes, I do have to 'crawl' into the subject, or character I'm writing about/for. Once I have a concept in my head, it's usually fairly easy for me. Sometimes it can take half an hour to write a lyric, other times, days, weeks and sometimes months. Every challenge is different and a great experience.

Selma Karayalcin

What a story! Thank you for sharing it. I'd love to see the postcard. You say that you are having trouble with finding an arc. I've been told that with true stories, it isn't always necessary to have an arc. I have written a screenplay about Carole Lombard and she died suddenly and tragically - like Harry - there isn't an arc and several people have read it and it hasn't mattered. However...what is the time of your story? Think of other true stories and look for the arc. You might be surprised.

Rosalind Winton

Hi Selma, wow, thanks for that and great to know, thanks for the advice, I will certainly do that. The story is set between 1905 and 1912, it has been so much fun to research while writing. Here is a picture of the postcard that is written in the Hebrew script they used in the village that they originally came from in Poland.

Rosalind Winton

And this is the other side (can only post one pic at a time). We had it translated by a language expert and it something along the lines of that he is on the ship, which is big, but cold, he misses Rebecca and the girls and he can't wait to see them again.

Rosalind Winton

Hi Bamutiire, WOW, what incredible advice, Oh my goodness, I wouldn't know where to start LOL. It's taken me three years to write the screenplay lol. I never would have considered a documentary, but your reasons for doing so, are certainly sound and definitely makes sense. I will certainly give it serious thought, thank you so much :)

Ihekuna Chimezie Benedict

Do you represent screenplays?

Rosalind Winton

Hi Ihekuna. I'm not sure what you mean by 'represent'. I'm not an agent, or publisher, I'm an editor. I have edited many screenplays for members of Stage 32, so if that is what you need, let me know and I can send you a no obligation quote.

Aray Brown

Hi Rosalind

Rosalind Winton

Hi Aray :)

Thank you Bamutiire :)

Selma Karayalcin

Thank you so much for showing me the postcard - it made me feel very emotional.

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