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Poetic Profits

Poetic Profits

It’s National Poetry Day on 1st October 2020. I thought I’d chat to two writers about how poetry fits into their writing business. The poet Robert Graves once claimed, “There’s no money in poetry, but then there’s no poetry in money.” Generating an income from our writing can be challenging, but for poets, it can be even more so. However, that’s not to say poetry can’t play a profitable part in your writing business. It can, if you take the…

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Locked Down, But Not Standing Still

Locked Down, But Not Standing Still

Gosh! Where has all the time gone? I can’t believe it’s been nine weeks since I last posted something. That’s not because I haven’t been doing anything. In fact, quite the opposite.  Since lockdown restrictions have eased further here in the UK, I’ve been commissioned by a couple of magazines to do some articles that meant getting out and about, and being away from my desk. (In fact, in next month’s BBC Countryfile magazine I’ll have not one, but two…

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Investing in my Assets

Investing in my Assets

In my last post, I mentioned how I planned to combine my existing The Complete Article Writer with my recently updated Photography for Writers into a new eBook box set. Well, I’ve finally got that sorted, and The Complete Article Writer’s Box Set is now available on Amazon, and other providers.

Updating My Assets

Updating My Assets

I can’t believe the last time I posted here was at the end of May. I honestly thought because of lockdown I would have so much more time to share my ideas and thoughts here, but … well … as you can see, it hasn’t happened! Why? While looking back through my diary I can see that I’ve been rather busy. Am I allowed to say that I’ve been enjoying lockdown? I know some people haven’t, and there have been…

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Maker Time

Maker Time

Lockdown affects us all differently. I’m amazed by the way some people are filling their time, whether it be learning a new language, doing some DIY or catching up with their reading. For me, I’ve been able to make huge strides with a novel I’m currently working on. Who knows whether it’ll see the light of day in published format, but what the experience has emphasised for me is the importance of Maker time.

Testing, Testing, 1 … 2 … 3

Testing, Testing, 1 … 2 … 3

I’ve been reading a lot recently about being a dictator. (No, not one of those authoritative types who’s clearly too big for his boots.) I’ve been looking into the art of dictating some of my writing to my computer. For those with Windows computers, the Dragon Naturally Speaking software is king (and a rather expensive one at that!). Being and Apple user, dedicated software solutions are extremely limited, although Dragon’s creators, Nuance, now offers a mobile version for a monthly subscription (still pricey!), which…

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You’ve Got Mail

You’ve Got Mail

What makes a good author email newsletter? Two authors tell me how they keep in regular touch with their readers. Mailing lists. Every author should have one. Why? Because once we have our readers’ email addresses, we control how and when we communicate directly with them. We’re not reliant upon a traditional publisher’s marketing strategy, or another company’s platform, like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Changing Times

Changing Times

Hello! Remember me? Probably not, and I wouldn’t blame you! Things have been a little manic recently, and I’m not just talking about Covid-19. (I do hope everyone is safe and well.) Some of you may recall that for the past three years I’ve been working three days a week in an employed capacity, for the Diocese of Hereford, offering grant advice to churches looking for funding (mainly for building projects). It’s been an amazing time, and I’ve learned a…

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Asset Register

Asset Register

Do you know where all your assets are? (Oo-er missus!)  Seriously, though, do you keep a list of all of the books you’ve written(both traditionally published and self-published ones) and which markets they’re available in? It’s so easy to think that you’ll keep a track of everything, but when I decided to formalise things by putting it all down into a small spreadsheet, I suddenly discovered I’d missed several markets with one of my self-published books. 

Interstitial Journalling

Interstitial Journalling

Inter … what? Stitial. Interstitial. It means the bit in between. I’ve been journalling for a few years now, and a few months ago I came across this term: Interstitial journalling. It’s about journalling between activities. The idea is, when you finish one writing task you journal about it, and then think about what you need for the next writing task. What’s the next action you need to take to get started on it? The idea is that keeps you focussed on your…

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2020 Vision?

2020 Vision?

We’re approaching that time of year again, when it’s common to look back over what we’ve achieved and think about the future. But when it comes to thinking about that future, it’s easy to come up with a list of writing-related goals … but are they the right goals? Here’s an excerpt from my Business of Writing feature in the latest issue of Writing Magazine (out now!). Goals are a complete waste of time, if you don’t have a vision. As my…

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