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Writers Bureau announces the Writer of the Year Award winner!

February 4th, 2011

First, thanks to Louise for last week’s blog.  I hate having to stand up in public and speak – so joining Toastmasters certainly won’t be on my agenda.  But her experience just shows how you can use your writing as a springboard for other pursuits and, of course, vice versa.

Poetry Writing Pays Off for Poet

I have commented previously about the Costa Book Awards.  The overall winner was announced last week – Jo Shapcot with her poetry collection Of Mutability .  It’s the second time in a row that a poetry collection has taken the overall prize.  At the Writers Bureau we often advise people that they should enrol on our poetry course if they want to improve their work and enjoy themselves but we warn them not to give up the day job.  But with prize money totalling £35,000 for the Costa winner it does provide a rather different perspective on poetry!

Writers Bureau Writer of the Year Award

And talking of success, we now have the results of the Writer of the Year Award on our website – congratulations to Anne and the runners up for the great things they’ve achieved with their writing.

New Course for Writers – How to Market Your Book

According to an article I read recently, on average there are 80 books published every day of the year, with autumn being the busiest time in the run-up to Christmas. So it just shows that if you’ve written a book and had it published, or are intending to self-publish, you really need to think about giving it the push it needs to stand out from the crowd. Our latest course How to Market Your Book – written by Lorraine Mace – is full of useful ideas and suggestions for promoting your book both face-to-face and on the Internet.

Next week, my guest blogger is Rob Innis who will be telling you about his experience of an unusual bookshop in Paris  – guaranteed to get all you book-lovers raring to be on the next flight to France.

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