July 1st, 2016
First, thanks to Lorraine for last week’s blog. It’s great to have her back on the team and she makes a very valid point in her post. Never limit your ambitions. Keep an open mind and be willing to try anything.
With so many people self-publishing (as e-books and print on demand),do you really need an agent? It’s a question I get asked all the time. If you hope to get into professional, mainstream publishing then the answer is still a resounding ‘Yes’! For one thing, it will mean you dodge the horrors of the dreaded slush pile. Publishers trust the judgement of literary agents and will treat anything sent by them with special interest and care. In fact, many publishers won’t even accept a manuscript from an un-agented author. Read the rest of this entry »
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October 16th, 2015
First, thanks to Jan for last week’s blog. She provided it a little earlier than expected – so apologies for not mentioning that she would be my guest in my previous post. I hope it encouraged you all to enter our Short Story Competition. If it gave you the nudge that you need, don’t forget that the closing date is 30th November!
I was interested to read that Waterstones are to stop stocking Kindle e-readers. There was much made in the article about the resurgence of proper, paper books. Apparently, sales rose 3% in the first half of 2015 compared to the same period the previous year. This is the first time it’s happened since 2012. However, in the same period the sale of e-books rose by 2%. So what do you make of that? Read the rest of this entry »
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July 31st, 2015
So you’re a writer, thanks to The Writers Bureau, what next? Writing, investing and earning from your writing is what’s next: what I call writepreneurship.
Writing can be a lonely and difficult process and the post-project depression may be disheartening, but in the end writing is one of life’s most satisfying achievements. For me it’s therapeutic. I have over ten published articles by two national newspapers, never paid, but I still write.
Investing in writing is the first step. Time is never there for writing, so create time from your busy life schedule to write. Don’t wait for motivation, it never comes. Throw yourself into your writing, it is a venture like any other. And then be passionate about it. Read the rest of this entry »
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July 13th, 2015
Alright, I know … for most of you this will be like a trip back to primary school. Some will ‘tut,’ others will suck their teeth. But even for those of us who’ve already cleared the first hurdle (and actually had something published) there’s no harm in going back to basics. So, here are ten top tips on presenting a manuscript. This is how to give yourself the best possible chance of success. Read the rest of this entry »
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July 9th, 2015
First, thanks to Megan for last week’s blog. She talks to students on a regular basis, hearing their problems and their successes. So, she’s in an ideal position to offer advice on how to get the most from your course and the time you spend studying with us.
As well as keeping tabs on what is happening with students, I also talk to our tutors to see what they’re picking up from student comments. Are there any particular issues? Are there any new opportunities or perceived threats?
One thing that seems to have come to the fore again recently is ‘vanity publishing’. Read the rest of this entry »
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