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£500 First Prize in Writers Bureau Annual Short Story Competition

May 27th, 2011

Thanks to Lorraine for her wise words on market research, and to Shelley for shedding light on some of the words that could have you blushing furiously if you used them in the wrong context when writing for overseas markets! Read the rest of this entry »




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Unintentional Tittering – by Shelley Bowers of The Writers Bureau

May 19th, 2011

shelleyI was recently asked to write a blog post for a fellow wordsmith from across the pond. So, in preparation for this task, I decided to read through some of his posts and have a general look at what links he has on his site. To my surprise, I came across a link to a blog he subscribes to called ‘Spunk on a Stick’s Tips’. Now as you can imagine, reading this set me off giggling. I know that in the US spunk means attitude, however, in the UK spunk has a very different and rather rude slang meaning – so the image of ‘Spunk on a Stick’ is really quite funny. Read the rest of this entry »




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Easy Does It by Lorraine Mace

May 12th, 2011

ALorraine Mace - Connexions a tutor, I am always amazed when I receive an assignment and realise the student hasn’t bothered to analyse the market. I know tutors keep on about it, but there is a very good reason for labouring the point – if you want to sell work, you have to write what people want to read.

There are two ways to deal with market research. One is easy and the other is hard. Actually there are three ways, but the third is really only for those who want to spend their time writing articles that will most probably never get published.

The Easy Approach

It sounds simple and it is – all you have to do is to read several copies of a magazine. You can then come up with an idea of interest to the editor – taking into account the publication’s style and content. An editor is far more likely to accept your idea if he or she can see that the publication’s readers would find it interesting.

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Traditional book or e-reader – which do you prefer?

May 6th, 2011

I must confess that in the run up to the Royal Wedding I would do pretty much anything to avoid the media frenzy. But when it came to the actual day I couldn’t resist – and I did enjoy it! The Abbey looked stunning with its avenue of trees, the couple looked well matched and genuinely happy and I found the hat-watching fascinating. It obviously inspired you, too, as we had over 80 entries for our Royal Wedding Sonnet competition. We’re still working our way through them, but we should have picked a winner by next week. Read the rest of this entry »




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