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How to market your own work

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One of the mistakes many authors make is forgetting that publishing houses are just that - publishing houses, they are not PR or marketing agencies. So if you want your book to sell, you have to undertake a large chunk of the marketing and publicising of the book on yourself. Fortunately, there is a huge amount that you can do to make your book sell.

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Top 10 Editor Tips for Writers

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Faced with a clean sheet of paper or a blank word document on a computer, writing can seem like a daunting task. However with little self cajoling and some advice it can be a simpler task that first thought ...

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Key Tips on Writing a Play

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Budding play writers are always a lot of fun! They have passion and vision and a commitment to writing. If you are thinking about writing a play then you should be congratulated because there are lots of people out there who would just never dare touch play writing. It is a fine art and a fun one too.

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What Makes a Good Gardening Book?

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Gardening is a hobby that is shared by many throughout the world. Many individuals have come together and formed friendships and networks over their love of gardening, and their share hints and tips over online blogs, emails, letter and coffee!

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Writing Freelance for Magazines

Category - Writers and authors

When it comes to writing freelance articles for magazines there are two things to remember; 1. You always need to be at least one season ahead in your writing (so bring out those summer holiday article ideas in the new year), and 2. Magazine content is cyclical. The same stories come around time and time again.

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Using Flashbacks in your Fiction Writing

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"Flashbacks" are basically the telling of what happened before your story started. Most people use flashbacks to provide more information about the main character's past - thereby using this technique as a means to explain why certain events are happening, or how / why a character is acting or responding in a particular way.

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What Makes Good Comedy Writing

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Before you set off on a quest to create a great comedy it is important to check you understand what you are about to get yourself into. Check that comedy is the right type of writing for you. Are you really passionate about comedy? Can you handle rejection? How would you feel if the only person who found your writing funny was, well you? Also consider if you have sufficient time to create and develop a great comedy. It takes time and commitment and energy, and will take a lot more than a couple of hours to pull together a decent script.

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How to Diarise your Travels

Category - writers and authors

Keeping a journal of your experiences can be as demanding as it is rewarding but having the finished article to keep forever is worth the effort!

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What Makes a Good Poetry Collection

Category - Writers and authors

As with all types and genres of writing, some people really love poetry and even prefer it to standard prose; others have a strong dislike for this form of writing. For those who love poetry, it can be the simplicity or the complexity of the language structure that is so appealing, depending on the way in which the poem has been written. Some love the challenge that complex poetry can bring, and the sheer amount of symbolism and hidden meaning that can be captured in a very small number of lines.

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A Reviewer's Guide to Eve Bonham's Madness Lies

Category - Writers and authors

Madness Lies, is an extraordinary book which should be read by anyone who has an interest in writing short stories, or indeed anyone who loves to read a good short story. Eve Bonham's texts are great commuter reads; as you can finish a story before the end of your tube or train journey!

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A Reviewer's Guide to 'I Capture the Castle'

Category - Writers and authors

'I Capture the Castle' was brought to us by the woman who gave generations of children 101 Dalmatians; Dodie Smith. This article explore the themes and characters within this captivating novel.

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How to Write for a Science Magazine

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Tips for aspiring article writers on how best to get scientific articles published ...

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'Show, Don't Tell'- the Art of Believable Characterisation

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A discussion about the art of believable characterisation ...

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How To Index Your Own Book

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As a new writer you will no doubt need to keep an eye on the pennies. Indexing your own book is one area that you can save, but take care, it needs doing carefully and well ...

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How to Deal Constructively with a Rejection Letter

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At some point in your glittering literary career you will be faced by an editor who is having a bad day and sends you a rejection letter. Here's how to turn that to your advantage ...

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