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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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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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Words are our Assets

Words are our Assets

It’s that time of year again for me when the latest royalty figures (and payments) arrive for my first published book, One Hundred Ways For A Dog To Train Its Human. It was sixteen years ago (crikey!) when it first hit the bookshops, and it’s a reminder that words are our assets. Those 5,000 words, written earlier in 2003, are still generating an income for me today (albeit a much reduced one than sixteen years ago!).

Exclusive, Or Wide?

Exclusive, Or Wide?

Last time, in my post How To Sell In Peru, I discussed the decision self-published authors have to take about being exclusive to Amazon, or going wide. This is because when we upload our material to Amazon we’re given the choice to join their Kindle Select scheme. Signing up to this scheme requires giving Amazon exclusivity to your eBook.

Seasonal Scribblings

Seasonal Scribblings

Having just been commissioned to write a feature about a tinsel factory for a weekly magazine, it’s reminded me that while it’s currently the summer school holidays, I’m actually working on Christmas material. (Eek! Sorry. I’ve mentioned the C word!) But that’s what the business of writing is all about … being about six months ahead of schedule. (Indeed, for some markets, particularly the monthly ones, it’s already too late for this Christmas.)

Weekend Networking

Weekend Networking

One good way of developing your writing business in a fun way, is learning from others, and there are two upcoming events that I’m involved with: one as a committee member, and one as a tutor. NAWGFest 2019 – 30th August – 1st September – University of Warwick The National Association of Writers’ Groups annual gathering takes place at the University of Warwick, between 30th August and 1st September. Our gala dinner night guest speakers are Nicci Gerard and Sean French, better…

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Competitive Edge

Competitive Edge

I help administer a short story competition on behalf of a writers’ group I go, and last week I had to send a copy of an anthology to one of last year’s successful entrants. I didn’t have their postal address, so I went back through our emails to find the entrant’s original submission, and then got in touch to ask for a postal address. I was horrified when Gmail returned my search results. There was the email with the competition…

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Success Is Built On Habits

Success Is Built On Habits

As writers, it’s important that we come up with fresh new ideas on a regular basis. However, we’re wasting our time if we don’t do anything with them. Much better to have a habit of developing ideas and then either writing them up (if it’s fiction) or pitching them (if they’re non-fiction).

Tandem Teamwork

Tandem Teamwork

Inside the May 2019 issue of Writing Magazine is my Business of Writing piece about Writing Tandem. We know that writing partnerships can work well in some writing formats, such as comedy (particularly sitcoms), films and even theatre work. But what about books?

2019 London Book Fair

2019 London Book Fair

This year’s London Book Fair takes place between 12th and 14th March at Olympia. Like many of these events, if you’ve never been before it’s worth making some preparations to ensure you get the most from your visit. Time will fly!

Business Means Respect

Business Means Respect

Twice last week, I came across posts in two different private social media groups where people in the writing business had experienced rudeness from novice writers submitting work. Now, I’m not going to share any specific details, because they are private groups. But there’s no excuse for rudeness at any time, and it made me realise how some novice writers still don’t understand that writing is a business. It’s all about professional, business relationships, and for those relationships to function successfully there needs…

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The All-New Kit-Kat-Crunchie-Creme-Egg Mash Up

The All-New Kit-Kat-Crunchie-Creme-Egg Mash Up

I know I’m getting old when I see an advert on television for a popular confectionary treat that’s got a new added twist (Peanut butter flavoured Kit Kat Chunky, anyone?) and I think to myself, ”Why can’t they leave products alone? Why do they have to keep messing about with stuff?” However, there are times when an update is needed, and I’ve been working on two over the Christmas period (one is still under wraps at the moment). 

Do We Really Need MS Word?

Do We Really Need MS Word?

When it comes to the business of writing, one of the most important tools is the software we use to collect our words and thoughts and put them into some sort of order. For years, this has been Microsoft Word, and its .doc and .docx file types are the industry standard when it comes to submitting to publishers. So I was interested to read this post on the Guardian’s website, about how Word is losing its shine, even in large…

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