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A Bit Of History

April 27th, 2018

It’s 17 years since I completed the Writers Bureau course. Much has happened in those 17 years. I have become a Writers Bureau tutor myself, I have ghost written one book, published a couple of my own, and as of this month, I have finally, after all these years, published the book I worked on for Assignment 20 of the course.

As a tutor I enjoy reading the book proposals people write as part of the final non-fiction assignment. I like to encourage students to take their plan forward and give them advice based on my own experiences. I hope that a few months, or even years, down the line they will come back to me with the news that their book has, in fact, been published.

My own journey to publication of my book – The King with the Iron Belt – has been a slow one. While I had the idea firmly in my head long before I had reached assignment 20, life got in the way, as it often does. Within a year of completing the course I was making a living from writing, mostly journalism. Finding the time to write a book was not easy. Read the rest of this entry »




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Standing Orders

March 24th, 2017

When I worked for a high street bank I was taught all about standing orders. These allow you to pay the same amount of money to the same person/company on a continuous basis. It’s a regular commitment.

Whenever a new customer opened up a current account with us we encouraged them to open up a savings account too. Then we’d set up a standing order to transfer a small amount to their new savings account on the day after payday.

Transfer £50 every month and after 12 months those small little deposits mount up to £600. Not a bad little sum: ideal to put towards Christmas, or perhaps a summer holiday.

What I didn’t realise when I embarked on my freelance writing career was that writers should make standing orders too. Not financial ones, but time and word standing orders. Read the rest of this entry »




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Helping the Next Generation of Writers

February 20th, 2015

Jane_Austin_Englan_blogI began my writing career like many other would-be writers, I suspect – by reading magazines and thinking ‘I could do that!’ It wasn’t until I began writing in earnest that I discovered it isn’t really as easy as it looks!

The Writers Bureau course was ideal for me because I could work at home at my own pace, especially as my writing had to be fitted around the needs of my children. My tutor Anne Jones (now sadly no longer with us) gave me the confidence to submit my work to editors.

One of the great strengths of the course is that students get to try their hand at nonfiction as well as fiction and I was surprised to find that I enjoyed writing about history. I was overjoyed when I sold my first article – to the Lady – and even now, seven published books later, I still get a buzz from seeing my name in print. Read the rest of this entry »




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