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Posted In The Past

June 14th, 2019

First, thanks to Jacqueline for last week’s post. I think that people sometimes decide to enrol on a course without giving it enough consideration. That’s OK if it’s a short course that doesn’t cost too much – it’s always good to dabble with something different. But if you’re planning to use the course to further your career or help you bring in a second income, then you should give the decision serious thought. That’s why we’re always happy to chat to prospective students or reply to their emails if they have any queries – or reservations – before joining us.

Another thing that needs to be taken seriously, if you intend to have a writing career, is your marketing plan, and these days that also means your use of social media. Below, Writers Bureau student, Helen Baggott, explains how she reached out to potential readers about her recently published book, ‘Posted in the Past’ (available from Amazon and a number of independent outlets). Read the rest of this entry »




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What Publishers Really, Really Want

January 19th, 2018

First, thanks to Victoria for last week’s post. She’s absolutely right, you know! I can’t count the number of times that I’ve finished a piece of writing, checked it thoroughly, checked it again, uploaded it… and then spotted a mistake. So, always put it to one side for a few days (or a few hours if you’re really up against a deadline) and then read it through again just to be on the safe side.

I’ve been reading through the February issue of Writing Magazine which has a regular column called ‘I wish I’d known…’ where they ask a well-known writer that question. This month they were talking to the historical novelist Victoria Cornwall who had published a couple of novels herself prior to getting a contract with a commercial publisher. She had this to say: Read the rest of this entry »




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The Worst Book Marketing Mistakes Authors Should Avoid

October 6th, 2017

When an author finishes a book and proceeds to publishing, they often think that most of the work is done. After all, writing and editing are really demanding in terms of time and effort, so having a complete book seems like a huge relief.

However, the release is only half of the way. If you’re not a well-known author, it’s not even half. The book market is highly saturated with a constant supply of new products of every genre. For example, Statista calculated that the U.S. book sales market in 2016 alone accounted for 2.7 billion books (both print and ebooks).

There is some good news, though. A large share of authors doesn’t support their products with quality marketing. Read the rest of this entry »




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Writepreneurship

July 31st, 2015

vincent-de-paul-blogSo you’re a writer, thanks to The Writers Bureau, what next? Writing, investing and earning from your writing is what’s next: what I call writepreneurship.

Writing can be a lonely and difficult process and the post-project depression may be disheartening, but in the end writing is one of life’s most satisfying achievements. For me it’s therapeutic. I have over ten published articles by two national newspapers, never paid, but I still write.

Investing in writing is the first step. Time is never there for writing, so create time from your busy life schedule to write. Don’t wait for motivation, it never comes. Throw yourself into your writing, it is a venture like any other. And then be passionate about it. Read the rest of this entry »




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That’s The Way To Do It!

June 8th, 2015

R.Belligerence-BlogOur kids dragged us to the Manchester Film and Comic Con last weekend. Well, I say dragged … I was more excited than them. It was a huge event, packed with dealers, big screen TVs, an auditorium for talks, and rows of desks where celeb’s were signing graphic novels, DVDs, original artwork, baseball caps, etc.

My ten year old son was after ‘retro’ games, and we soon found some. So while he hummed and hahed over Pokemon and Donkey Kong I had a look round. I noticed one particular table which was quite simple (by comic con standards.) On a plain black cloth, it held just a few piles of books, all copies of four paperbacks that were neatly laid out on display – all clearly part of a series. Behind the table was a woman in a striking outfit – part Tolkien’s Rivendell, part Mos Eisley spaceport.

“Are you the author?” I said.

“Yes,” she said

And that’s how I came to meet the inspirational C. G. Hatton. Read the rest of this entry »




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