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This month we have expert opinion from tutor Janie Jackson on the art of slicing irrelevancies from your writing in Gentle Surgery. Ten Top Tips covers getting an agent and there’s the usual inspiration and useful websites.
This is a blog set up by a writer of fiction for magazines. She’s trying to start an international magazine swap. This is an excellent idea for those living outside of the UK as it can be difficult to get hold of copies to carry out market research. Anyway, how well this goes is entirely up to how much time people are prepared to put into it.
This is another great site for picking up free reading materials for research and it’s fun to see where your offerings might end up. You basically leave any unwanted books in places where they can be found; hotel rooms, at the gym, in a cafe – you get the picture. You then leave clues for others to find them on the website. When someone finds it they register it and you can then track to see where it ends up. And vice versa of course, so you can get hold of books for nothing!
Did you know that the ever popular and oh-so-useful Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook is now available and searchable online. The website also features, “blog posts, news and advice, selected articles from the yearbook and extracts from other writing books.” So it should be an excellent resource for you.

Remember, if you run a website that you think may be of use to our readers, let me know. If I like it, I’ll publish a link to it giving you a free plug. What could be better than that?