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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I 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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