Getting into writing – an interview with Jess and Manda of The Regal Fox


The Regal Fox is an website showcasing fiction and non-fiction from writers looking to flex their creative muscles. We’re always accepting submissions; themes change seasonally. The Regal Fox is run by two women — Jess and Manda — who met in Sydney and worked in publishing together.

Why did you start your publication?

At first, we thought of creating a website where the two of us could post some of our writing that we didn’t feel confident pitching elsewhere. We were both new to writing and submitting, and we felt a little overwhelmed. However, we soon decided it’d be a good opportunity for other writers — in particular, new and emerging — to submit their work to us. We hope that writers gain some confidence from having their work published on The Regal Fox.

We worked on the website from January-June 2016, creating the name and the purpose of the site, as well as working on the actual website itself and the layout/design. We opened in July 2016.

What is the most gratifying element of publishing the written word?

It’s fantastic to see all the different pieces that writers submit to us. When we first opened, we were surprised at how much poetry was being sent in. Now, we’re always really pleased and grateful when someone decides to send us their work because we know how much time and effort goes into it.

What are your happiest memories in your writing/publishing career?

We met in Sydney when we were both working in the publishing industry. Since opening The Regal Fox, both of us have had writing published in other literary journals or online websites. Managing The Regal Fox certainly motivates us to keep writing and it also encourages us to discover new writers and ventures for the site.

How do you handle success and failure?

We handle rejection by reminding ourselves that everyone experiences rejection. We handle success by celebrating it, no matter how big or small. Writing can feel like such a solitary, lonely practice, but when you’ve got friends who are also chipping away at their WIP or a short story or two, it makes the whole process a lot more enjoyable.

What makes you write when you’re exhausted and your fingers ache?

There are a number of things we do when we’re exhausted and don’t want to write. Sugar helps, so it’s always good to have some snacks in the cupboard. A step back from the computer for a moment can help too. Of course, an episode or two of Netflix sometimes does help you de-stress. It’s just important to remember to put a limit on that ‘break’ and make sure you come back to the computer. But above all else, don’t be too hard on yourself. It’s easy to feel like you’re not doing enough, so just set realistic goals for yourself and that’s a great start.

What is your advice to young and new writers?

There is a world of young and emerging writers online, and it’s incredibly comforting to interact with them because it makes you feel like you’re not alone. We definitely think it’s worth any emerging writer creating an online presence on twitter, or through a personal website. It certainly helps with networking and with discovering new outlets or journals to submit your work to.

Are you a traditionalist or a digital? (paper or eBook)


Do you blog?

Aside from working on The Regal Fox, we don’t have a blog. Never say never, though! Both of us want to open our own websites soon, so that we can direct people to our writing.

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