Infographics – More Shared than Synonyms at an SEO Party.

It turns out Infographics, not Orange, are the New Black. It also transpires there’s a knack to their creation. And it is something that Writers, Designers and Marketers should all learn. CopyPress does a great infographic guide where we learn how to turn boredom on its head, with the same stats that caused us to […]

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Indie Publisher or Agent: What’s Best?

Mainstream Publishing -Fiction and Memoirs. Congratulations on finishing that Manuscript. (MS). YEY!YEY!YEY!YEY!YEY!YEY!YEY!YEY!YEY!YEY!YEY!YEY!YEY!YEY!! What’s the next step? First, decide if you wish to SelfPublish or go Mainstream. If it’s the latter, and it’s fiction, most Mainstream Publishers will not accept unsolicited MS, so do you want an Agent or will you go straight to an Independent […]

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Self-Publishing. A plan means you can.

to SelfPublish is to compete with mainstream publishers. Understand the process, hone your skills and dip your toe in the water.

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‘Fetch, Boy’ How not to lose your VOICE when editing.

The second blog of the month is by Dexter Petley, a successful author who also works as an editor and adviser for new writers. Amongst his acclaimed works are a literary noir whodunnit, Little Nineveh (Polygon 1995), Joyride (Fourth Estate, 1999), and White Lies (Fourth Estate 2003). He’s a regular on the cult website www.caughtbytheriver.com TIME […]

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Furry Dice Chewing Gum – Problems for New Writers

Beginners’ four faults As an editor, I know when I am reading someone’s first novel. I have nicknames for the four give-away faults beginners make: (1) Walk and Chew Gum (2) Furry Dice (3) Tea, Vicar? (4) Styrofoam. I see at least one of these in every manuscript where the author has not mastered the […]

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Another Rejection Slip? Never Give Up, and here’s why…

Guest blogger Adelaide Godwin talks to Tracy Thomson about the launch next month of her new children’s book. Is this the first novel you have ever written? Yes What about when you were younger at school?  I enjoyed writing but I am not sure the examiners felt the same when marking! Was your first language French?  […]

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