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The Perils Of Self-publishing – Part Two!

March 29th, 2019

I write, for no other reason than I like it, under the pseudonym of Maritta Jayne, and I thought that I would carry on from an earlier blog by Cheryl Russell and tell you about my experience as a first time, self-published author too. Beware! This is a cautionary tale.

It was not until 2000 that I decided to try to make a go of my writing. Since then, however, I have completed two courses with the Writers Bureau; the first in 2007 when I completed the ‘Comprehensive Writing Course’.

After almost three years, I decided to write my first book and, at that point, had a bit of a rude awakening. I was just beginning to think that all I had to do was hand it to a publisher, and I could sit back and wait for the money to start rolling in. Read the rest of this entry »




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Deconstructive Criticism

March 22nd, 2019

First, thanks to Alex for last week’s post. I always have to check that I don’t use the words ‘very’ and ‘really’ too often in my writing. I’ve found that in most cases, I can delete the offending words without altering the meaning of the sentence.

Last Sunday I noticed that The Sunday Times AA Gill Award had been launched. AA Gill was The Sunday Times food critic who died from cancer in 2016, and loving both food and his acerbic wit, I miss his reviews bitterly. Gill was dyslexic and the organisers say … in line with this, your spelling and grammar will not be taken into account, but your entry should be bold, insightful and witty. Read the rest of this entry »




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Err Necessities

March 15th, 2019

Because I write about writing mistakes, many writers assume I’m either a mistake shamer or deeply ‘anti-mistake’.

But I’m not. I’m ‘pro-mistake’. Go ahead and make them! Write the mistakes out of yourself. Err and learn. There is no mistake so bad that you can never recover from it. You can always redeem yourself. Don’t be afraid.

I’m by no means infallible. Even after two decades in the business, I too make mistakes. Probably more than I imagine. Read the rest of this entry »




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Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover

March 11th, 2019

Before moving on, I’d just like to return to the winner of our Book Review Competition. I really enjoyed reading all the entries but the ones that got shortlisted were the ‘professional’ ones. By this I mean the ones that were presented like you would see a review in a newspaper or magazine. Before the review begins there should be the title, the author, the publisher and the ISBN (International Standard Book Number). The ISBN is usually displayed above a barcode on the back cover of a paperback. The review then needs to pique the reader’s interest and, in the case of a novel, not provide any ‘spoilers’. Writing a good review isn’t always as easy as it seems! Read the rest of this entry »




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Winner of the Student Only Book Review Competition

March 6th, 2019

Twice a year we run a competition just for WB students. It’s free to enter and there is a small prize of £25 for the winner.

Our most recent competition was to write a book review in 200 words. We had lots of fantastic entries which gave everyone at WB HQ a chance to add to their reading lists. A big thank you to those who entered. Read the rest of this entry »




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