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Month: February 2016

BoW – Productivity Leap

BoW – Productivity Leap

When you’re an employee you get paid at the end of the month. Unfortunately, most employees get paid the same amount of money whether there are 28 days in February, or 29. For self-employed people, things are a little different. A leap year gives us a whole extra day in which to write something and, hopefully, earn more money. But it doesn’t matter whether you write full time, or in your spare time, this February we have all been allocated an extra…

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Productivity Leap

Productivity Leap

By pure coincidence (actually, a lot of hard work from the Universe went into arranging this), today’s blog posting happens to fall on February 29th – Leap Day. Let’s leap for joy. Why? Because we’ve been given an extra 24 hours. So let’s do something different with them.

A Readly Good Idea

A Readly Good Idea

I frequently have students moaning that it’s difficult to find new magazine markets, and I accept that in some areas this can be quite challenging. If your local shop only has one shelf of magazines, then breaking into new markets may feel daunting. But, if you have access to the Internet (which you must have if you’re reading this blog posting) then check out a company called Readly. For a monthly subscription of £9.99 (practically the price of two  print…

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Can You Hear Me, Mother?

Can You Hear Me, Mother?

I’m currently reading GUT:The Inside Story Of Our Body’s Most Under-rated Organ by Giulia Enders (and very interesting it is too). But it made me wonder: how far should writers go in order to ensure their message is understood? I’ve blogged before about the benefits of reading your work aloud. It can be a useful step in the armoury of proofreading: checking for missing words, repetitions and other typing mistakes. But reading aloud like this often takes place in your own…

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The Cheque’s In The Post

The Cheque’s In The Post

A couple of weeks ago I had a travel piece published in The People’s Friend. It wasn’t until I updated my records to show this had been published that I realised I hadn’t been paid. Or rather, I hadn’t updated my records to show this payment. The nice thing about DC Thomson, who publish The People’s Friend, is that they pay on acceptance. I’d written the piece way back last July and submitted it in August, so it was bound…

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