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Spring Inspiration

February 22nd, 2019

First, thanks to Cheryl for last week’s blog. It just goes to show how rewarding perseverance can be but there are times when you really do have to try, try, and try again if you want to achieve your goal, whether it’s finishing your novel or seeing it into print!

Incidentally, if you are interested in self-publishing, then you might want to consider attending the 7th Self-Publishing Conference at Leicester University on Saturday, 27th April.  The organisers say that it’s: “…the perfect day for authors thinking about, or already involved in, self-publishing their work. Whether you are going it alone or using a self-publishing company, this conference offers multiple sessions on a wide variety of topics.” And at £70 including a delegate’s pack, morning coffee, buffet lunch, afternoon tea, a drinks reception and a choice from more than 16 sessions on different aspects of the business it sounds really good value for money.

After winter’s semi-hibernation, March is a good month to kick-start your writing, and there are lots of events on around the country to inspire you. First, the big central one: the London Book Fair. Held at Olympia in West London from 12th to 14th March this is the biggest trade event in the UK publishing year. But don’t let that overawe you. Despite being big, there is a dedicated writer’s programme and valuable insights into the worlds of publishing and self-publishing, plus the opportunity (if you grasp it) to network.

But if London isn’t the centre of your universe then there are literary events and festivals on all around the country in March including St Andrews, Lancaster, Keswick, York, Wimbledon, King’s Lynn, Huddersfield, Glasgow and, at the very end of the month, Cardiff and Oxford. So, no matter where you live, there should be something for you

Don’t forget that our Writers Bureau Short Story Competition is running until the end of March. Prizes are £300, £200, £100 and £50 but each winner also receives a Writers Bureau course of their choice which, if I were a copoywriter, I would be prompted to say is worth more than money can buy!

And talking about money, we have £25 off our Freelance Journalism Course if you sign up before 3rd March. So if you’re interested, why not have a look at the prospectus which gives you full details of what the course comprises.

My guest next week is another runner-up in our Student of the Year Competition, Dan Roberts, who’ll be looking at how to go about developing an outline for your novel.

Author: Diana Nadin




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