We’ve all heard the saying …a good picture is worth a thousand words. It may be a cliché but it’s certainly true! So this week I thought I’d have a quick look at the options available to ensure that when you submit work to editors you really do increase your chances of success.
1. You don’t have to be a photographic genius. With today’s digital cameras and a little knowledge of image manipulation (which you can easily learn) you can take photos good enough to illustrate your articles – and they’ll be unique.
2. If you really can’t take the pictures yourself, try to come to a fair agreement with a good amateur photographer or a friend who is confident with a camera. Do a project together and then split the proceeds – a win-win agreement for both of you! Read the rest of this entry »
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First, thanks to Colin for last Friday’s blog. You often hear people who are ‘sniffy’ about genre fiction saying it’s plot driven, whereas literary fiction (usually their preferred reading/writing matter) is character driven. It’s OK for a book or story to be character driven but if those characters don’t provide some forward movement or development (a plot?!) then the reader loses interest pretty fast. Read the rest of this entry »
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First, let me wish you all a Happy New Year! I hope it will be a healthy and prosperous one for you.
So… have you made any New Year’s resolutions? I’ve made one or two and this year I’m going to try my very best to stick to them. My trusty old ‘point and click’ camera is coming to the end of its working life and tomorrow I’m going out to buy a new one (my husband’s belated Christmas present to me – though he doesn’t know it yet!) I’m planning to get something a bit more sophisticated and then settle down and really learn how to use it properly (that’s the resolution part) so that I can provide better photos with anything I write. I might even treat myself to a photographic course. Read the rest of this entry »
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