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April 18th, 2014

First, thanks to Sue for last week’s blog. It just goes to show that success breeds success – once you’ve had one book published it’s much easier to get subsequent ones accepted.

I often include information about various competitions in this blog but they are usually for poems or short stories.  Article-writing competitions seem to be few and far between.  Yet producing articles is one of the best places to start your writing career as there are so many markets and such an on-going thirst for content. So I thought I’d remedy the situation by including a couple. Read the rest of this entry »




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Article Writing

April 16th, 2014

So, you fancy writing articles and you know that they are one of the quickest ways to get published, but where do you start? Well, if you Google writing articles, you are no doubt going to be presented with a list of what are commonly known as content mills, which are places where you can, generally, find low paying jobs. Here’s an article with some of the best content mills around – 5 Best Content Mills for Making Money Online. Read the rest of this entry »




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A Really Useful Article

April 14th, 2014

One of the biggest failings of new fiction writers is unrealistic dialogue. It can make an otherwise great read laughable if the characters don’t speak like you expect. And, it is one of the only places you’ll be able to use slang, colloquialisms, contractions and accents, which can be fun sometimes. Read the rest of this entry »




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Proposal Time – Publishing Your Writing

April 11th, 2014

Once you’ve had several articles accepted by magazines, you may have a cracking idea for a full-length work. But where does one begin?

First, find a suitable publisher: study the listings in one of the writers’ handbooks. Check that your potential publisher is open to unsolicited submissions and that your proposal fits into their area of expertise. Don’t send a proposal for a non-fiction book on railway engines to a publisher of romantic fiction! Read the rest of this entry »




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Autobiographies and Memoirs – Should you Write One?

April 9th, 2014

I do love a good old poke around in someone else’s life – I’m just too nosy for my own good sometimes. And it seems a huge amount of people agree with me. So, being able to delve, legitimately, not stalker style, into other people’s lives is just great. Read the rest of this entry »




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