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Can You Really Get Rich Self-Publishing?

March 13th, 2015

STRANGER_MASTER_02_blogAs usual, thanks to David for last Friday’s blog. I love the fact that he feels working with Writers Bureau is like being part of a big, extended family. I’ve been with the company for over 30 years and still feel the same way!

Before I go any further I want to share a site I’ve found with you, in case you’ve not discovered it yet. It’s called AdviceToWriters and it’s a veritable goldmine of useful (and not so useful) information.

There is a daily quote – I liked this one by William Zinsser:

Repeat after me:

Short is better than long.

 Simple is good. (Louder.)

 Long Latin nouns are the enemy.

 Anglo-Saxon active verbs are your best friend.

 One thought per sentence.

Nothing like following your own advice! Read the rest of this entry »




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Ten Top Tips for Managing Your Website

March 9th, 2015

website-blogBack in August I wrote a blog called Every Writer Should Have One.com about building your own website. I linked from it to Wix, Yola, Webs and Moonfruit – four online companies who help put sites together. I also talked about my own experience, building a site with Wix – Phil Busby Acoustic Blues.

Well, that was over six months ago, so I wonder how you’re getting on? Is your site up and running, still under construction, or languishing on the ‘To Do’ list? No criticism if it’s the latter. I know, there’s always a million other things to be getting on with. But a website is a handy thing to have … Read the rest of this entry »




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Writing Around The World

March 6th, 2015

David-Kinchin---tutor---blogI first came to the Writers Bureau as a student in January 1991.  The study course was a Christmas present to myself.  My previous career had been cut short through no fault of my own and I was desperate to write – full of fury and energy.  I had been both physically and psychologically injured following a major assault in July 1990.

The Bureau, and especially my tutor Irene Yates, taught me how to channel my emotions into my writing.  It worked.  It worked for me career-wise because I started to sell my written work. It worked for me personally because writing is incredibly therapeutic and a great way to relieve the stresses and strains of everyday life.  Writing cured me, personally.  My submission of assignments led to me becoming ABCC (Association of British Correspondence Colleges) Distance Learning Student of the Year 1992. Read the rest of this entry »




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Three Top Poetry Tips – Read, Read, Read!

March 3rd, 2015

My video clip for this week is rather an old one – it goes back to 2010. But I’m a great fan of Simon Armitage and I think that what he has to say is so useful if you are serious about improving the poems that you write.

I love his delivery – both here and when he does documentaries on TV. It’s dry and he has such a typical Northern sense of humour. If you’ve never heard him talking about Sir Gawain and the Green Knight or seen the documentary he did for the BBC check it out. I can guarantee that it will make you want to visit Lud’s Church in Staffordshire. Enigmatic, eerie and very beautiful, legend says it’s where all the action took place in Sir Gawain! Read the rest of this entry »




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