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Mind Mapping

October 13th, 2017

First, thanks to Lucy for last week’s blog. When you’ve spent so much time working on a book and getting your ‘baby’ ready to publish, you can sometimes forget that unless you market it properly, it won’t get the audience it deserves and that’s the last thing you need! So, read Lucy’s tips and follow the links she provides as they really do give you some useful information.

This week I’m going to concentrate on some advice that one of our Writers Bureau students, Geeta Vittal Rao, wanted to share with you. In addition to working on our course she is also studying with the Self-Publishing School and one of the aids to writing that they suggest is Mind Mapping. This is how she describes it: Read the rest of this entry »




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Becoming a Published Writer is Truly a Miracle!

September 25th, 2015

Lawrence Pagett begins the story:

principles-of-EFT-blogI had writer stamped all over my hands (and face) from age eight.

My silver-haired grandfather revealed his old mechanical typewriter and set me down to learn the art of touch typing. My first short story suitably followed telling the tale of the Swiss skiing boy, Jan.

“Clack, clack, clack. Ding!”

At the end of each line a silver bell would chime as you pushed the lever to descend the page.

The heavy slate metal contraption’s smudgy ink-soaked ribbon printed in a slightly irregular fashion. Black smudgy hands and face were common place.

If you tapped the keyboard inaccurately your finger would get stuck between the keys and on occasion you would accidentally hit two keys at once causing the thin metal strips, each containing a letter, to vie for position on the page and even get tangled together. Read the rest of this entry »




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Surprises!

September 11th, 2015

simon-whaley-blogIn October 2003 my first book, One Hundred Ways For A Dog To Train Its Human was published by Hodder & Stoughton. I never dreamed that twelve years on this first book project of mine would still be delivering surprises, especially after the surprises it gave me at the start of its life. Its initial print run of 10,000 copies was snapped up by book retailers within the first two weeks, and by December 2003 it was on the UK bestseller lists. Within the space of three months the publishers had printed over 100,000 copies. Read the rest of this entry »




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Ten Things I’ve Learned as a Novice Writer

August 15th, 2015

helen-griffiths-blogYou may well think: so if she’s a novice, what’s the point of reading further? But I can actually comment, as an MA student and a pupil of the Writers Bureau course and, like all writers, I am eager to share my thoughts and pass on these tips.

1. Show don’t tell

Above all else, this phrase was drummed into me at every turn. Give your reader scope to use their imagination. Imply, don’t be too explicit, or you will kill the magic in your story. Read the rest of this entry »




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World Book Night

April 17th, 2015

AJVRG-blogFirst, I’ve got to say I loved Phil’s photo that accompanied Monday’s post. Keswick is one of my favourite places and it’s hard to beat Castlerigg stone circle early in the morning when you’ve got it all to yourself.

Next, Thursday is World Book Night when 20 books are selected and then 80,000 copies are distributed to people who wouldn’t normally read for pleasure or own books.  It’s run by The Reading Agency, a national charity, and an army of volunteers distribute books in their communities.

Have a look at the books that will be given out – they’re quite an eclectic mix. So why have these particular books been chosen? According to the organisers they have been selected because they are all ‘good, enjoyable, highly readable books with a strong compelling narrative’. Just the sort of thing to get someone who’s not a regular reader hooked!

Incidentally, you might win yourself a set of all 20 if you tweet them (@worldbooknight   #reading journey) and tell them about your own reading journey – the book that first turned you on to reading, the books that have inspired you and how reading has shaped you. Read the rest of this entry »




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