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Making Sure Your Competition Entries Are Original

January 25th, 2021

First, thanks to Simon for last week’s brilliant post. I agree absolutely with what he has to say and I suspect that most of us have got better  at using  our phone  cameras to record daily life and keep those we love updated over the past few months.  I know that I certainly have!

In addition to the video calls, our family have been taking snaps on our daily exercise walks and sharing them with those we love. My son tends to send pics of the children; my daughter-in-law sends pics of the family, but because she’s a keen photographer, she also sends ‘artistic’ pics of frosty grasses, unusual fungi and stunning sunsets. I try to reciprocate and it’s certainly made me think more about how I use my phone as a tool. So, if you’ve been honing your skills, why not take it a stage further and have the confidence to use what you’ve learned to illustrate your articles and earn more money from them! Read the rest of this entry »




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Why Writers Should Be Photographers

January 15th, 2021

I sold a 1200-word article to an American magazine for £200. They also used six of my photographs, for which they paid me an additional £600. So, which would you rather be: the writer who gets £200 or the writer/photographer who gets £800?

I will always remember the day I met the editor of a local county magazine who told me that her biggest problem was finding photographs.

“My dream supplier is someone who can provide the words and pictures. Every page in my magazine needs a words-and-picture package because every page is illustrated with photos. If a writer sends me an article I want to use, but it doesn’t have any photos, I then have to spend time trying to find suitable images. At particularly busy times, if I have a page to fill and I have a choice between a well-written article without pictures or a good article that needs some editing but comes with photographs, I will always go with the good article with pictures. As an editor, my skill is editing text. I can edit a good article into a great article in a couple of minutes. Finding the right photographs can take two or three hours.” Read the rest of this entry »




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Profit From Your Photography

September 14th, 2018

Writers can quadruple their chances of acceptance and double their fees by submitting photos with their words…and with digital images you don’t need to be an expert photographer to provide saleable photos with your work.  So here are some tips on profiting from your photography: Read the rest of this entry »




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Provide Pics With Your Writing And Earn More Money

August 4th, 2016

the-photographer-1438702-blogWe’ve all heard the saying …a good picture is worth a thousand words.  It may be a cliché but it’s certainly true! So this week I thought I’d have a quick look at the options available to ensure that when you submit work to editors you really do increase your chances of success.

1.  You don’t have to be a photographic genius.  With today’s digital cameras and a little knowledge of image manipulation (which you can easily learn) you can take photos good enough to illustrate your articles – and they’ll be unique.

2.  If you really can’t take the pictures yourself, try to come to a fair agreement with a good amateur photographer or a friend who is confident with a camera.  Do a project together and then split the proceeds – a win-win agreement for both of you! Read the rest of this entry »




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Editors Aren’t Always Perfect

January 30th, 2015

writer.com-blogFirst, thanks to Colin for last Friday’s blog. You often hear people who are ‘sniffy’ about genre fiction saying it’s plot driven, whereas literary fiction (usually their preferred reading/writing matter) is character driven. It’s OK for a book or story to be character driven but if those characters don’t provide some forward movement or development (a plot?!) then the reader loses interest pretty fast. Read the rest of this entry »




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