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This month we have expert advice from Lorraine Mace on how to pitch the perfect non-fiction proposal, Ten Top Tips looks at some of the more common English errors, Successes will leave you feeling ready to tackle anything and Useful Websites has an extra treat.
I came across this site whilst carrying out research of my own and thought it would make a great addition to any writer’s useful websites list. It’s has ‘The meanings and origins of over 1,600 English sayings, phrases, idioms and expressions’ and is an invaluable addition to any non-native English speakers writing arsenal. It’s not a bad resource for us native speakers too and is one of sites you can spend hours on just looking and saying ‘Ah... so that’s where it comes from!’
If you are anything like me you’ll have a little box or notebook – both in my case – stuffed full of old ticket stubs for planes, trains, theatres, cinemas and just about anything else I feel is worthy of keeping. Now there’s the perfect place to share the story that drove you to keep the ticket.
“Every ticket tells a story. Don't it? StubStory is about the ticket stub you took out of your pocket after the concert or game had in your hand, right above the trash can and decided NOT to throw away. Not just yet anyway. Maybe one day you'll frame it, or put it on the mantle. Well today's the day, and StubStory is the frame. Here's a place to tell your most special stories, share them with your friends, compare fact and fiction. All you need is a stub and a story.”
Don’t need to add anything else really: “LibraryThing is a cataloging and social networking site for book lovers. LibraryThing helps you create a library-quality catalog of books: books you own, books you've read, books you'd like to read, books you've lent out ... whatever grouping you'd like.”
This is a fantastic website if you love, as I do, looking at old texts. It’s run by the British Library and allows you to view some of the priceless manuscripts in the library including Sultan Baybars Qur’an, Elizabeth Blackwells Curious Herbal and William Blake’s Notebook. Simply fascinating!
Remember, if you run a website that you think may be of use to our readers, let me know. If I like it, I’ll publish a link to it giving you a free plug. What could be better than that?