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Finding Yourself A Publisher

December 11th, 2018

In my blog last week I mentioned using your local library to see what’s going on in the magazine world and do your research into what editors want. But I’ve also recently downloaded the BorrowBox app that allows me to borrow e-books from the library. It’s great for when you don’t want to trek across town in the rain with a big bag of books. It also means I can download books to my Kindle Fire that I might otherwise have to buy from Amazon. So it really is a win-win situation and if you don’t already have access to your library’s online catalogue it’s worth looking into. You have 14 days before the book disappears – but you do have the option to renew.

Let’s now look at things from the other side – not the book-reading public, but you as an author. If you’ve tried unsuccessfully to interest one of the commercial publishers or an agent in your work but you don’t have the confidence (or preference) to self-publish then one of the growing number of small, independent publishers might be what you’re looking for. Read the rest of this entry »




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Christmas Is Coming…

December 3rd, 2018

I’m one of those people who won’t think about Christmas presents, cards and decorations until we hit 1st December. But we’re there now so I can really get into the swing of things.

If you’re still struggling with ideas for what you can buy the writer in your life (or you want to drop some hints to the people around you on what they might like to buy you), here are some ideas.

How about a Writers Bureau Competition Entry Voucher? As you know, we hold Poetry, Short Story and Flash Fiction competitions throughout the year and with one of our vouchers you will be eligible to enter any of our comps. They come in denominations of £5, £10 and £15 allowing multiple entries, depending on the competition. You can purchase them by calling our offices on 0161 819 9922 up to 20th December. Read the rest of this entry »




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Creating Your Perfect Writing Environment

November 23rd, 2018

  1. Whether you are lucky enough to have a dedicated office space, you work in the spare bedroom or have to work at the dining room/kitchen table – keep it tidy.  If your ‘writing space’ is free from clutter there’s a better chance that your mind will be, too!
  2. Make sure you have the necessary equipment.  A good broadband connection isn’t a luxury.  But we haven’t yet achieved the ‘paperless office’ so a printer and a filing cabinet – or some form of storage – is more or less essential.  And don’t forget supplies of stationery and any necessary reference books.  You might be able to ‘google’ any information you need but most writers still build up a library of their favourite reference books.
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What’s In A Name?

November 16th, 2018

I’ve been giving a lot of thought to names over the last couple of weeks. My son and his wife are expecting a little boy in December and they’ve been trying to decide what to call him. At the moment Theo and Archie seem to be the front runners, though I’m not completely sure about either of them. But looking at a list of the 20 most popular boys’ names in 2018, they’re both in there and seem to be moving up the popularity rankings.

Of course, that got me thinking about the names of characters in books, short stories and plays. Choosing the right names for your characters is crucial if the reader is to empathise with them. You can suggest a great deal about a person’s age and background by the name you give (and this is particularly important in a short story where words are at a premium). All names have popular connotations and associations which the reader subconsciously tunes into – they create instant mental pictures of people. Read the rest of this entry »




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Steampunk Literature

November 9th, 2018

My last blog was rather lengthy, so this week I’m going to try to keep it a bit shorter.

As we’re coming up to Remembrance Day on Sunday I’d like to recommend that you have your own few moments of silence and read ‘The Wound In Time’ – a sonnet that Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, has written to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice.

She was invited by film director Danny Boyle to write the poem as part of his 14-18 NOW commissioned piece, Pages of the Sea, which will see thousands gathering on beaches as a national gesture of remembrance. I found it very moving – see what you think. Read the rest of this entry »




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