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12 Tips for Creating a Simple E-Book Cover

March 8th, 2013

There is no doubt that a professionally designed e-book cover looks better than one produced by the DIY method. But is there anything those of us with a publishing budget of zero can do to improve our chances of producing an effective cover? Read the rest of this entry »




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A Mid-Week Murder Mystery!

March 6th, 2013

For the next few weeks I’m going to try an experiment. Maybe it’ll work and maybe it won’t, that’s really up to you, my lovely readers, so please join in, it’ll be fun if you do.

Right this is what we’re going to do – I’ll start off the story and you add to it. This would normally happen by adding comments to the blog, but as that usually means you have to create and write a blog of your own, we’ll make it easier. All you need to do is to get you’re creative writing skills together, send your paragraph, of no more than 100 words, to this email address shelleyb@writersbureau.com with your efforts and we’ll choose the best one and add it to the story. There’s no prize or anything, just the kudos of being chosen.

So here goes…

‘Pete shivered as he entered the lobby. Dilapidated curtains hung from the cobweb stricken windows and a strange feeling began to spread through his body. An unexpectedly bright ‘ding’ rang out as the rusty bell sprang into life. Pete’s ears hurt. Since that day, the sound of a bell would never be the same. A door draped in shadows creaked open, and through the dust-laden shaft of sunlight stepped…’

Now it’s your turn. This is, as the title suggests, a murder mystery so please keep to that theme and have fun.




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How do you find time to write?

March 1st, 2013

First, thanks to Sherri Matthews for last week’s blog.  I think we all tend to exist in our own little writing world and I’d be interested to hear what yours is like.  Are you like Sherri and resent every moment spent away from your writing?  Or do you struggle to get into the right frame of mind?  Have you ever suffered from writer’s block?  What do your friends and relatives think of your writing ambitions? Read the rest of this entry »




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