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There Might Even Be Cake

October 9th, 2015

jan-halstead-blogNot all writers enter competitions, which is good news for those of us who do, because it improves the odds in our favour.

But, if other people aren’t entering, then why not? Well, let me guess. It’s a lot of time and effort, there are bound to be loads of entries and most of them won’t win, quite simply because not everybody can. So, all of those people will have wasted their time. Also, it costs money.

I can’t argue about the entry fees. All I can say is, stick to a budget. A few are free. Lots of them won’t cost more than a couple of coffees. Decide how often you can afford that. Read the rest of this entry »




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Choose Your Weapons

October 5th, 2015

Method-of-writing-pie-chartA funny thing’s been happening here at the Writers Bureau. As many of you know, students on our courses send in assignments either as typed manuscripts by post, or as RTF files attached to emails. Over the past few months though a number of people have asked to submit hand-written pieces instead.

Now, the main aim of all WB work is to GET YOU PUBLISHED, so we positively discourage the submission of hand-written script. No publisher, agent or writing competition would accept it, which means it’s vital to learn the presentation techniques our industry sees as ‘standard.’ Nonetheless, it’s been intriguing to get not just one, but several requests for hand-written work. Read the rest of this entry »




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Passionate About Poetry

October 2nd, 2015

strawberriesuntitled-blogThanks to Lawrence and Paul for last Friday’s blog; it’s great when people acknowledge that we’ve helped them get their work into print. But in this case, it’s their own enthusiasm for their subject – and the ability to get this across to a publisher – that has really earned them their success!

This week’s post is going to be a celebration of all things poetic as it’s National Poetry Day next Thursday (8th October). Time really seems to fly as it doesn’t seem two minutes since I was writing about last year’s event and it has now been a regular fixture on the calendar since 1994. Read the rest of this entry »




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