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Which Social Media Platform Is Best For Writers?

November 29th, 2021

I’ve just been reading a great blog post which provides an all-inclusive guide to social media for writers. It covers everything you need to know: how to choose which platform(s) to prioritize, build your following, and ultimately use social media to market your book. It starts with the question of which platform, then goes on to provide detailed tips and case studies from authors who have used each of them successfully.

Many of you will probably already be familiar with all the options and have your own preferences  – but you can never know too much and even just a couple of good tips will make taking time out to reading it worthwhile.

Next, for those of you taking part in NaNoWriMo (write the first draft of your novel in a month) I’d just like to say…keep going! You’re now getting to the difficult part, where time and inspiration may be running out. But remember, you only need to get to the end of the first draft and then you’ve all the time in the world to edit and polish it. And even if you don’t quite get to the end, don’t feel you’ve failed – I bet you’ve still got something really worthwhile to work on. Read the rest of this entry »




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Managing Your Social Media

November 11th, 2016

social-media-blogFirst, thanks to Phil for last week’s blog, it’s great to have him as one of the team working in the office.

And he’s absolutely right. One of the best things about working for the Writers Bureau (apart from the Friday cream cakes) is that we’re dealing with students from all over the world. I love reading through assignments, it’s like having a window on the world. Not the world you see in glossy travel brochures, but the world of real people, leading real lives.

Another interesting, but odd, experience is when you get a student writing about a place that you know well. A lady recently described a park very close to where I live and which I visit quite often. It’s just an ordinary, municipal park but I think it’s tranquil and relaxing and she obviously felt the same way. I got a little jolt of pleasure to think that someone else obviously sees it in the same way that I do. Read the rest of this entry »




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Is Social Media Changing The Way We Write?

December 31st, 2015

neill-weatherill.blogIt seems to me that the downward slide towards illiteracy started amongst the texting classes in the mid-90s. That probably sounds a little harsh and maybe part of it is down to jealousy, I never did get the hang of predictive texting. I’d take 10 minutes asking my daughter(s) a simple question and would get a novel back in 30 seconds. Must be an age thing?

Let’s roll forward a few years and the little book of faces. To everyone’s kids’ horror, when it ‘went viral’, parents joined in. The accusation was that we were checking up on them but speaking on our behalf, it was a realisation that it was set to be the only means of cross-generational communication left open to us. Interestingly, I used the term ‘went viral’, a term associated with social networks but one that almost describes how they came to be so popular. Life imitating art, you could say. Read the rest of this entry »




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You Pays Your Money And You Takes Your Choice

May 26th, 2015

WattBlog-BlogHave you come across Wattpad? I just discovered it a couple of days ago and … I’m in two minds. Where I can see there’s definitely something interesting going on, I’m not really sure it’s for me.

Wattpad is a Canadian based story-sharing website, like a Facebook or Youtube for writers. Stories and poems are shared in over fifty languages, and the stat’s for membership and reading are quite impressive: 40 million users per month with an average user session of thirty minutes. Readers are encouraged to post comments about work they’ve read, writers have profile pages where you can message them privately, and there are a number of Forums where both writers and readers join in extended conversations. Generally, from what I can see, people are serialising novels and putting them up one chapter at a time. Some attract thousands of readers, and one I noticed – Flawed by someone calling themselves bnflan has been read an enormous 2, 410, 414 times. Read the rest of this entry »




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A Writer’s Gold Mine

April 27th, 2015

ChrisFielden-blogYou won’t believe this story, but I’ll tell it anyway because I’m seeing Sally tonight, and that’ll be hard. So, if I try it on you first, I might just get things straight enough in my head to tell her. And then maybe … well … y’know.

Anyway, here it is. Read the rest of this entry »




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