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One Thing Leads To Another

September 24th, 2021

Whilst casting around for inspiration, the phrase ‘Everyone has a book in them’ popped into my head. Ah, I thought, that’s just what I need; a bit of positive encouragement; come on, you can do this! Start writing!

But nothing happened. My blank mind stared at an equally blank computer screen. I sat for a while, waiting for ideas – even one idea – to materialise, but the muse was clearly on holiday. I went outside and fed the birds, hung out some washing, made a cup of tea and sat down again at the computer.

Nothing happened.

But ‘Everyone has a book in them’ my brain protested! Who would say such a thing if it weren’t true? Read the rest of this entry »




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Getting Ready To Pitch Your Book

September 15th, 2021

Whenever new writers consider writing a book, many think about the great novel which they hope will be turned into a blockbuster film.

However, for every novel published there are at least five non-fiction books. Statistically, there is more chance of getting a non-fiction book published than a novel. In the UK alone, over 140,000 new books are published every year, and in the USA this figure is double. Of the UK’s 140,000 books, approximately 25,000 are novels, which means the remaining 115,000 are non-fiction titles.

It’s often easier for a publisher to quantify the potential market for a non-fiction book. Publishing a novel is riskier. It’s an unknown quantity, because publishers have no idea how many people will buy the book. However, with a non-fiction book it’s possible to identify how many people might, potentially, be interested in the subject matter. Read the rest of this entry »




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Getting Out And About Again

September 5th, 2021

Now that (at least some) of the world is opening up again, I thought we’d take a look at what it takes to be a travel writer. I know that some of you out there (just like me) are itching to hop on a plane and go adventuring again. Or you’ve got notes on fascinating places in the UK that you’ve visiting during your ‘staycation’.

But I’m going to do it the easy way by directing you to a post by Rachel Newcombe on the Writing World site. The advice she gives is concise and sensible and there is a useful list of sites that you can visit for further information at the bottom of her piece.

If you are interested in this type of writing then you might also want to have a look at an article entitled 36 Travel Magazines and Websites that Pay Freelance Writers. The markets are predominantly American, with payment in dollars, but there may be opportunities for pieces about other parts of the world that are of interest to American readers. And 21 Magazines That Pay for Travel Writing is worth checking out. They mention Wanderlust magazine which has a useful page giving guidelines for writers who are interested in working with them. Read the rest of this entry »




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