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NaNoWriMo 2017

November 10th, 2017

First, thanks to David for last week’s blog and pointing out the importance of choosing a good title for your book.

I’d always suggest being guided by the experts (your publisher or agent if you are going for a traditional publishing deal). But what do you do if you’re thinking of self-publishing? Well, I’d come up with my own idea, try it on the people around me that I knew and trusted, listen to their advice and suggestions – and then make my own decision.

It’s that time of year again (doesn’t it come round fast?) – NaNoWriMo. For the uninitiated, that’s National Novel Writing Month where participating authors try to get the first draft of their novel completed in the 30 days of November. I suspect they may not have too much time to worry about titles at this stage, as they’ll be too busy getting the basics in place.

This kind of pressure isn’t for everyone, but if you are giving it a go this year, you’ll now be a third of the way in – so keep at it, and good luck!

And once you’ve started on your novel, or decided that writing is the career for you, then you might want to consider a website to let people  know about you and your work. You can go a long way using social media to promote yourself, and blogging using one of the numerous platforms that are now available. Have a look at The 8 Best Blogging Platforms Reviewed to see what might suit you best.

But having a website is still undeniably useful and if you want to try setting it up yourself (not as difficult as you might think) then site123 is a good place to start. It claims to be ‘by far the easiest free website builder’ and within minutes of logging on I had received a message saying ‘Hi, let us know if you have any questions. We read and reply to every message, so please feel free to reach out any time’. There is some flexibility with regard to colour and typeface but because the basic package is free your pages will feature adverts. You can, however, pay to have these removed. Why not have a look at their video on how it works – it looks pretty straightforward even to a Luddite like me.

Finally, for the foodies amongst you, have a look at the current Mogford Short Story Prize. Entries are now being accepted and the closing date is 3rd January 2018. You need to write an original short story (up to 2500 words) with a food and drink theme. There is a £10 entry fee and you should use the online entry form on the website. The winner will receive £10,000 and three runners up will each get £250. It’s a wonderful theme to work with – one that novelists as well as short story writers have been eager to use. So, to whet your appetite (sorry!) why not have a look at Delicious Reads: 50 Fabulous Food Novels?

I’ve no guest blogger next week. So, if any of you out there fancy volunteering your services I’d be happy to hear from you (dianan@writersbureau.com) You should provide 3-500 words on any writing-related topic, plus a picture of yourself (or something relevant to the post) and a short (approx. 50 words) biog.

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