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July 29th, 2011

Published!

I am not sure of the origin of this quote; I saw it for the first time on a blog by an Author called Joe Konrath. His blog (A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing) is a great source of data on the subject of self-publishing. The success he is enjoying now (certainly from a financial point of view) is largely down to him publishing work via the Kindle and Nook platforms – that is eBooks, for those who are left scratching their heads. Read the rest of this entry »




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Help with Polishing your Prose

July 22nd, 2011

First, thanks to Esther for last week’s blog. She raised a good point – and one with which many of our tutors will agree. You’d be amazed at the number of students who join us wanting to write a novel or short stories and by the time they have finished the non-fiction part of the course they realise that’s where their main talent (and ability to earn money) lies. But that’s the good thing about the Comprehensive writing course – you can try both. Read the rest of this entry »




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Keep an open mind

July 14th, 2011

“I’m only going to write fiction. I’m not really interested in non-fiction.”

Did I really say that? Yes, about 15 years ago I did. I was going to be a bestselling novelist, a sizzling short story teller and all round literary star. Well, I’ve not done too badly over the years in the fiction department, but I can see why The Writers Bureau recommends that you begin with non-fiction. Read the rest of this entry »




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Writers Bureau 2011 Poetry Competition Open for Entries

July 8th, 2011

Thanks to Simon for last week’s post. I’m definitely an IBV! It doesn’t matter whether it’s coast or country – or just the flowers in my garden. That’s probably why I enjoy weekend breaks so much. No hassle of having to work out how to pack economically for a fortnight or worry about ash clouds – just sling enough clothes to cope with the vagaries of the British weather into a bag, and you’re off. Read the rest of this entry »




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A Room With A View

July 1st, 2011

There are two kinds of writers – IBVs and DBVs. IBVs are those who are Inspired By Views, whereas as DBVs are writers who are Distracted By Views. I’m an IBV and for me the most inspiring views are to be found in the UK’s Lake District. Because of this, I try to visit the area several times a year and in 2009, I even spent five weeks living there, working on my novel. Read the rest of this entry »




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