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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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The Independent Route To A Book Deal

September 21st, 2018

It is almost twenty years since I enrolled with the Writers Bureau in 1999. Prior to that I hadn’t considered writing as a career option but the Writer’s Bureau gave me a great start. It taught me many valuable skills and gave me the confidence to pursue a writing career. During the course I found that novels were my preferred type of writing as well as my forte but it wasn’t until many years later that I eventually published.

My writing career began with magazine articles, mostly on parenting and places of interest. I then decided to set up a writing services business offering copywriting and proofreading services, and I utilised the skills gained on the course. In particular, the module on writing for trade magazines helped me with producing content for company websites. Read the rest of this entry »

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Finding The Right Publisher For Your Work

June 15th, 2018

First, thanks once again to Elyse for another interesting post. It’s full of useful advice and shows just how important it is to look objectively at what’s on offer when a publisher shows an interest in your work. I know it’s a wonderful feeling when someone says they want to take your book and publish it, but don’t jump in before you’ve gone through everything with a fine toothcomb.

You need to know whether they are going to publish your book as a print run, as print on demand or as an e-book  –  or whether there will be a combination of these.

How long will the contract last and if they decide to stop producing your book, will you be free to take back ownership and find a new publisher or do it yourself? Read the rest of this entry »

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