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Month: January 2017

The Geology of Writing

The Geology of Writing

What’s writing got to do with geology? Well, it’s all to do with prioritisation and focus. I did this as an exercise, last week, at one of the writers’ groups I go to, and it’s a great way of showing how important it is having your writing projects correctly prioritised. First you have time, represented by this jar:

DACS Details

DACS Details

You may remember that at the start of the year I posted about the upcoming changes at DACS and ALCS regarding the way we can claim secondary rights for any images used in our work. For those who don’t know, when our work is published it becomes available for photocopying. The Copyright Licensing Agency collects money from various sources (organisations such as schools, universities, public sector organisations, etc), and they redistribute that money to writers and illustrators, via a couple…

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Advice From More Than 50 Writers

Advice From More Than 50 Writers

Regular followers will know that I often comment how small steps lead to bigger journeys. Write 500 words every day and in 200 days you have a 100,000-word novel. (Well, the first draft, anyway!) Several years ago I had my first article published in Writing Magazine, and then another, and another, and then in 2014 the editor asked me to contribute on a regular basis. The Business of Writing column was born. For these articles, I often chat to other…

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More Mistakes

More Mistakes

He’s at it again. No, not making mistakes, but helping newbie writers from making them. Alex Gazzola’s latest ebook in his Mistakes Writers Make series is now available, and this one looks more at the practical side of things when starting out on the road to publication. 50 More Mistakes Beginner Writers Make takes a closer look at targeting readers’ letter pages (something I still do – I have the star letter in January’s Garden Answers magazine, and am looking…

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DACS Change

DACS Change

It’s all change at DACS. There are two dates you need to put into your shiny new 2017 calendar: 16th January 2017 17th February 2017 The first date is when the DACS Payback Scheme opens for your 2016 claim, which is much earlier than usual (traditionally, it’s opened in August). The second deadline is the cut-off date for claims. For those of you who don’t know, the DACS Payback scheme is the system photographers use for claiming money they’re entitled…

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