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How to Prepare for a Public Appearance or Reading

June 18th, 2014

So, now you’ve written your book it’s time to move on to promoting it. After all, it’s no good having a book published if no one knows about it! It used to be that the promotional work was your publisher’s responsibility, but more and more authors are now choosing to get involved with the marketing side of things – particularly now that self-publishing is becoming more popular.

Some authors might make public appearances to talk about their book or do a short reading in person. This is a great way to stir up some excitement about your book, as people always like to meet local celebrities!

There are a few things you might want to consider when you are promoting your book: Read the rest of this entry »




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Terrible Typos!

June 16th, 2014

We can’t say enough about the importance of proofreading your work, even if you’re using a computer with a spell-check facility.

In this article from our archives, Writers Bureau tutor Esther Newton highlights some embarrassing mistakes that even the best spell-check software can miss! Read the rest of this entry »




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Literary Escape in Scotland

June 13th, 2014

Thanks to Shelley for last week’s blog – and we all wish her well.  But it just goes to show that while you’re serving your writing ‘apprenticeship’ you should take the opportunity to try your hand at all kinds of different writing.  You never know what you might excel at or what you might find particularly lucrative until you’ve tried it!  That’s why we cover such a wide range in our Comprehensive Creative Writing course.

I’ve just got back from a short break in Scotland.  I’d forgotten how beautiful Edinburgh is on a sunny day – particularly the views from Calton Hill and the monuments there.  So I was interested to read about the Bloody Scotland literary festival in the NAWG newsletter this morning.  It’s dedicated to crime fiction and will be held from 19th to 21st September in Stirling. Read the rest of this entry »




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The “M” Word – When Should I Ask About Money?

June 11th, 2014

As much as we love reading and writing as a hobby, the purpose of our Comprehensive Creative Writing course is to help you to get published and start a new career as a freelancer. With this in mind, we wouldn’t be equipping you properly to start work if we didn’t occasionally tackle the sensitive issue of payment.

So, you’ve done the hard work. You’ve researched, written your article, edited, edited again and the editor you’ve submitted to has accepted your work. Well done! You’ve done exactly what we hoped you would and you’re on your way to your first published piece. The problem? Your editor hasn’t mentioned payment yet, and you’re wondering if they’re going to offer you a fee, or if they assume you’re offering work for free. Read the rest of this entry »




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Ten Top Tips for Children’s Writers

June 9th, 2014

Children’s books might seem like an easy way to get started and get your first book published, but it really isn’t as simple as it looks. Madeline L’Engle, the author of “A Wrinkle in Time” once said:

“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”  

And this couldn’t be more true! If you feel like you have what it takes to write for children, take a look at our top tips for children’s writers. Read the rest of this entry »




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