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Travelling Back In Time

September 18th, 2015

The-Portico-Manchester-blogThanks to Simon for last Friday’s blog. That’s one of the great things about writing – you never know where it will take you and what doors it will open for you. It doesn’t matter whether it’s crafting an article for your favourite magazine, plucking up the courage to self-publish your book or trying your hand with a competition entry – there could be a pleasant surprise waiting for you. Read the rest of this entry »

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Long Live The Book!

January 16th, 2015

Jacqueline_Jeynes_200By now I’m sure that all of you have heard of Facebook boss, Mark Zuckerberg’s New Year resolution to read more books. But he’s also launched an online book club and the first title on his reading list is The End of Power by Moises Naim. Needless to say, the book has rocketed into the Amazon bestseller list and sold out.  Had you heard of it? No, me neither. And I won’t be taking any bets on the number of people who download it but never quite reach the end!

Apparently, after announcing his New Year resolution Zuckerberg said: “Books allow you to explore a topic and immerse yourself in a deeper way than most media today”.  Nothing like stating the obvious! Read the rest of this entry »

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Writing for Fiction Feast

July 21st, 2014

Hello All!

If you’re a fiction writer and you’re more in to short stories than novels, it can be difficult to know where to start when you’re looking for markets for your work. Take a Break’s “Fiction Feast” is a great place to get started, and we have a really helpful article from one of their regular contributors, Linda Lewis!

Writing for Take a Break Fiction Feast

Have a great week!

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Why Should I Write for Children?

July 2nd, 2014

If writing a children’s book is something you’ve never really thought about, then now might be the time to start! The children’s book market offers a huge range of opportunities for new writers, and if you think you’re up to the challenge then it could be the best decision you ever make. But what is it that makes writing for children so rewarding? Read the rest of this entry »

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Student Success!

June 30th, 2014


We give out a lot of advice on this blog – it is what we’re here for after all – but now and then we like to share a student success story with you. This week, we’ve been talking to Lizbeth Crawford who recently enjoyed her first big publishing success. Read the rest of this entry »

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