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Win £3500 With Your Short Story

August 24th, 2012

First, thanks to Jackie for last week’s blog. Whether you have a traditional publishing deal – like Jackie – or self-publish, it is becoming more and more important to be able to promote yourself and your book. I know that there are some of you who still shudder at the thought of having to use Facebook, Twitter and forums for that purpose, but Jackie’s post just goes to show that there are still traditional methods that you can use very successfully to promote your book. Read the rest of this entry »




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Could you be the next editor of Chapter and Verse?

May 18th, 2012

First, thanks to Amanda for last week’s blog and the points she made about what you need to bear in mind if you hope to sell your work to newspapers and magazines. Also, a big thank you to Amanda for the work she’s put in as editor of Chapter and Verse over the past few months. If you are a student and would like to follow in her footsteps as editor, please get in touch with me: dianan@writersbureau.com. The job doesn’t take up a lot of time but you do need to be decisive and have an eye for detail. Incidentally, the latest edition of Chapter and Verse is now available in the Student Area. Read the rest of this entry »




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Traditional book or e-reader – which do you prefer?

May 6th, 2011

I must confess that in the run up to the Royal Wedding I would do pretty much anything to avoid the media frenzy. But when it came to the actual day I couldn’t resist – and I did enjoy it! The Abbey looked stunning with its avenue of trees, the couple looked well matched and genuinely happy and I found the hat-watching fascinating. It obviously inspired you, too, as we had over 80 entries for our Royal Wedding Sonnet competition. We’re still working our way through them, but we should have picked a winner by next week. Read the rest of this entry »




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Have the first chapters of your novel read by a major publisher!

April 1st, 2011

First, thanks to Iain for last week’s blog. Could you be one of the people to put a smile on his face in this year’s competition? It’s certainly worth a try – but, as he says, successful comedy can be difficult to carry off successfully! So careful crafting is needed. Read the rest of this entry »




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Save £60 on The Complete Copywriting Course

September 25th, 2009

Don’t forget, if you’re already a Writers Bureau student we’re still looking for submissions for the next issue of Chapter and Verse. The theme is ‘open’ and the editor, Rob, is accepting submissions until mid-October. Why not visit the Writers Bureau Student Area to read the previous two issues and get details of how to send your own work.

Whether you’re a published writer, or still aspiring to get your work into print, one of the most useful organisations is the Society of Authors. As you’d expect, they have some authoritative guides on agents, copyright, permissions, vanity publishing, rates and guidelines for writers (important when you’re asked to set a fee for your work), plus much more. The membership fee if good value, and with over 8,500 members they have the ‘clout’ to still do what they were founded for in 1884: to protect and further the interests of authors.

Last week I mentioned our new Proofreading and Copy Editing course, but we’ve been busy these last few months and have also made another addition to our range: The Complete Copywriting Course. As the name suggests, it explains everything you need to know to set up in business as a copywriter – whether you want to give up the day job, boost your existing income or top up your pension. In the September issue of E-zee Writer there’s a £60 introductory saving on the course. Even if we can’t tempt you to enrol, I think you’ll enjoy the ezine.

And finally, I’m relieved to see that I’m starting to get comments on previous posts. I was beginning to think that only my mum and her cat were reading my blog…

Until next time!

PS Don’t forget that the closing date for our Twitter short fiction competition is 30th September. It’s free to enter – so get exercising those writing muscles.




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