January 18th, 2016
Are you struggling to maintain online visibility? Are you finding it difficult to reserve your time for online visibility? Here’s an answer to your worries. As a writer, it is very important to complete your scheduled assignments. Yet, it is also important to be visible online – by online, I mean that you should be visible on LinkedIn, WhatsApp Messenger and email. While juggling with writing assignments, you can revive past contacts through these social networks. How? Please read on.
- Regularly update your profile photo and resume.
- Publicize your freelance writing services during any ‘dry phase’: you should survey your contact list for individual entrepreneurs, business start-ups, SMEs or professionals who would need a Freelance Writer. Then, send a personalized yet business-like message to these individuals.
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October 5th, 2015
A funny thing’s been happening here at the Writers Bureau. As many of you know, students on our courses send in assignments either as typed manuscripts by post, or as RTF files attached to emails. Over the past few months though a number of people have asked to submit hand-written pieces instead.
Now, the main aim of all WB work is to GET YOU PUBLISHED, so we positively discourage the submission of hand-written script. No publisher, agent or writing competition would accept it, which means it’s vital to learn the presentation techniques our industry sees as ‘standard.’ Nonetheless, it’s been intriguing to get not just one, but several requests for hand-written work. Read the rest of this entry »
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August 27th, 2015
Writers are a lonely breed and when you are down on your luck it can seem the whole world is against you. But it’s amazing how at the very moment life looks at its bleakest – you’ve had your favourite story rejected for the 18th time or an editor has been unimpressed with your article ideas – something unexpectedly wonderful happens that has you dancing round the sofa.
That happened to me recently during a wet, miserable Summer Sunday afternoon. I was sitting watching the torrential rain bouncing off the ground, wondering if I could take the new barbecue back to the store for a refund. Feeling sorry for myself, I switched on the computer to check my email, expecting nothing beyond the usual notices urging me to switch my gas supplier, help mysterious international bankers shift ill-gotten money out of dictatorships, and find true romance with Author Harmony Dating. Read the rest of this entry »
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July 24th, 2015
First, thanks to Simon for last week’s blog. I really like the idea of ‘Demented Optimism’ – as a writer I don’t think you ever get anywhere unless you believe in yourself and your creations. Such optimism may be demented, but it’s essential!
I read an article recently in the Sunday Times Magazine. It was about a man called Denis Pethebridge – and his 30 years of literary failure! In a leather-bound scrap book he had amassed 338 rejection letters. Starting in 1937 he had sent out articles, stories and novels to just about every newspaper, magazine, agent and publisher in the UK…and had rejections from them all. But did that stop him? No. By 1967 he was planning to start a new volume of rejection letters because the first was overflowing. Apparently he eventually self-published a novel in 1996 at the age of 77 and went on to live until he was 94. In his case optimism, however unfounded, was no detriment to his health. You’ve got to have staying power if you really want to be a writer, and not let rejection get you down. Read the rest of this entry »
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July 17th, 2015
This year my first-born turns twenty-one. Travelling all over the world, getting into all sorts of company, and looking exactly the same as it did all that time ago.
You’ll have guessed from the ‘it’ there that I’m not talking about a human child here but something altogether less wet and messy and demanding: my first novel.
‘Sheep’ came out in July 1994. From the outset it was an ambitious, even pushy little thing: it got itself into a W H Smith promotion, received a whole lot of very good reviews (and some not so good), and was immediately optioned for film. I was a proud but completely inexperienced parent, delighted but baffled, as I’m sure many parents are, by what I had produced. From the outset it seemed to have a life of its own. Read the rest of this entry »
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