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Last call for entries to Writers Bureau Short Story Competition 2011

June 24th, 2011

First, thanks to Phyllis for her good advice about sidebars in last week’s blog. This is an area that causes concern for many non-fiction writers at the start of their career and any tips are welcome. Read the rest of this entry »




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How About A Sidebar With That?

June 17th, 2011

PhyllisBlogSidebars, an effective way to satisfy readers’ hunger for quick information, enhance articles the way side dishes add interest to meals.

Editors appreciate how they expand a manuscript’s take-away value while also helping to break up its text so that page lay-outs can be more visually appealing. These bite-size nuggets often whet busy readers’ appetites for the article’s “main course,” too. Read the rest of this entry »




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Ulysses – a day out with Leopold Bloom

June 10th, 2011

First, thanks to Sally for last week’s tips on how to achieve success with your short fiction. The first point she makes about keeping the number of characters to a minimum and telling your story from the point of view of the main protagonist is particularly useful. As I go through the Writers Bureau Short Story Competition entries I’m amazed at the number of people who try to get a cast of millions (well, perhaps that’s a slight exaggeration) into 2000 words. It just doesn’t work – it only confuses the reader. Read the rest of this entry »




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Coffee Break Fiction for Women’s Magazines

June 3rd, 2011

Sally JenkinsBreaking into the women’s magazine fiction market is difficult. Over the last decade several publications have abandoned fiction altogether and at least one (My Weekly) now only accepts stories from writers already known to them. Read the rest of this entry »




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