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Effective Time Management for Writers

September 24th, 2010

The winners of the Writers Bureau Poetry and Short Story Competition 2010 have now been announced and their entries are available on the website . If you are reading this and are one of those talented winners – congratulations – you deserve it!

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£10,000 prize – Writers Bureau partners Brit Writers’ Awards

September 17th, 2010

Mills and Boon – to some people the name conjures up a good, escapist read (the literary equivalent of comfort eating).  To others, their books are a no-go area – slush for bored housewives.  But whatever your views there’s no gainsaying their success over the past 102 years – so they must be doing something right!

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Boost your chances of writing a winning poem or short story!

September 10th, 2010

First, thanks to Janie Jackson for standing in last week.  Whenever you read anything that Janie has written, the fact that she firmly believes in ‘positive thought’ comes through loud and clear.

I also agree entirely with her views that you’ve got to move with the times.  Only last week the papers were full of headlines like ‘OED Falls Victim to the Digital Divide’, bemoaning the fact that the third edition of the Oxford English Dictionary (21 years in the making, apparently!) will only be available online.  But printing a 20-volume dictionary is expensive; so an online version makes commercial sense.  And how many of us can really afford the space (or money) to have a set on our bookshelves!  So let’s not lament the loss – instead be glad of the extra accessibility that often results from moving with the times.

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Every writer should have one!

September 3rd, 2010

I’ve not seen the Bureau’s copywriting course, but I’m willing to bet that, somewhere within its pages, the term U.S.P. will crop up. U.S.P. is an acronym for Unique Selling Point – something that is “special” to your product, whether you’re selling double glazing, knitting sweaters, making cakes or writing for publication.

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