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Write a short story and win £500

January 7th, 2013

Happy New Year!  I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas – if you celebrate it – and that you’ve made plenty of New Year resolutions.  Top amongst these, I trust, is to try to make more time for your writing.  If you’re struggling to write because you have a busy schedule; or your family and friends don’t take your writing ambitions seriously and intrude on your writing time, then what you need is our Effective Time Management Creative writing course.  Not only will it explain how to organise yourself better and avoid procrastination, but it will also teach you assertiveness techniques which will help you to say ‘no’ to distractions and the demands that other people make on you.

Calling all bloggers!

As you know, every other week I have a guest blogger.  These are often Writers Bureau tutors but I would like to hear from others of you out there who might want a few days’ exposure (you get the opportunity to plug your latest book or writing project at the end).

The only thing I would say is that if you contact me about blogging, please make sure that you understand the format we use – 300-500 words on a writing-related topic.  You’d be surprised how many people get in touch with suggestions for posts that are totally unrelated to writing.  Or, even worse, they contact me and ask what I’d like them to write about.    Come on, if you’ve no ideas of your own, then you shouldn’t be blogging! And I’ve even had one, who shall remain nameless, who asked how much we’d pay.

It does help if you already have a blog of your own that I can look at or you’ve done posts for other sites, but that isn’t essential if you’ve got something interesting and useful to offer.  So please get in touch if you’d like to be a guest over the next few months.

Short Story Competition open for entries

Our 2012 Poetry Competition has now closed but the 2013 Short Story Writing Competition will be  accepting entries from Monday.  You can enter online at www.wbcompetition.com, or you can download an entry form and send your stories by post.  As usual, the top prize is £500 with other prizes of £300, £200 and £100.

Find yourself a publisher

I have recently been contacted by Brian Grove who has just launched a website called Perfect Pitch.  It’s a great site that offers lots of down-to-earth advice on how to get your writing published.  But, what’s even more interesting is the fact that it contains a free database of traditional book publishers who are currently accepting submissions. Each link leads directly to the publisher’s submissions page. There are around 1000 publishers worldwide covering all genres. The site is completely free and doesn’t contain any self-publishing or vanity companies.  So, if you’ve written a book (fiction or non-fiction) and are looking for a publisher, this is a good place to start.

My guest next week is Emily Ashton who is one of our Student Advisor’s.  I’m sure that many of you will already have corresponded with her and I think you’ll find the advice she has to offer in her post very reassuring!

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