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Where There’s a Will …

March 30th, 2015

Knights-Vampire-BlogCarole Taylor’s a stubborn lass. Even back at school she told everyone that, one day, she was going to write a book. Now, granted, she did get a bit side-tracked raising a family (and with her daughter the deputy head of a London primary school, son a departmental leader in an international bank, I think we can assume she put a reasonable amount of effort into that.) More recently, there’s been a major health scare with her heart. And now, as well as working part time for a TV production company, her first grandchild’s appeared on the scene … Nonetheless, she never did give up on that book thing and, in the end, didn’t just write one, but five. They’re not only written either, she’s had them all published as ebooks by an American online publisher. So, if any of you out there were thinking it was too late to get started on a writing career – read on. Read the rest of this entry »




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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 Public Speaking

February 9th, 2015

Speak-blogIt may not be your cup of tea, but if your writing career starts taking off, at some point you’ll have to get up in front of an audience and either read them a piece, or tell them about it. Now, way back in another life (before we had kids) I worked as an actor and, though I never got anywhere near even the suggestion of a shadow of Hollywood, I did pick up a few pointers on speaking in public. So, if and when you get the call, I hope they’ll be of use to you.

1. Know Your Audience. First of all, think about who you’re speaking to. Between a primary school class, an open mic in your local pub, and a literary festival crowd, there is a world of difference. If you manage to pitch things right, you’ll make life a lot easier for yourself. Read the rest of this entry »




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Finished!

January 26th, 2015

Fireworks-blogHey, I’ve made an album! All my own songs. I played most of the instruments too. It took a year to record, and we did the final session last Tuesday. So that’s it – job done. I’ve just got to sell the thing now and … oomph! … there I am, back to Earth with a bump.

Seems like polishing off an album is just like finishing a collection of poems, a set of stories, or a novel. After all the great creative work, you have to get down to business. Should you release the thing yourself (self-publish)? Or try for a record company (publisher)? Who’ll do the artwork? Should you get a stock of hard copies made, or just go digital? And what about marketing? Read the rest of this entry »




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Could Writing a Novella be Your Way Forward?

October 18th, 2014

Thanks to Sneha for last Friday’s blog post. I was listening to a programme recently where writers were complaining that they were no longer simply allowed to get on with their writing – instead they had to spend valuable time promoting themselves via social media. I can see their point but, unfortunately, it just doesn’t work that way anymore. Read the rest of this entry »




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