• Writing a book - polishing your manuscript

    How to market your book …

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    Your book title, cover and what you say about you are all important… [...]

  • Pros of dealing with a small business

    How to promote yourself as a small business…

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    Being a small business – or perhaps even a one woman or one man company – can be daunting…Here, we give some top tips on how to turn being a smaller business to your advantage… [...]

  • Pitching a novel - top tips

    How to write as a fiction novelist…

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    You might be a seasoned journalist, copywriter or blogger – but crafting a novel demands a whole new way of expressing yourself. Here, writer JENNY SIMPSON tells how she is getting to grips with becoming a fiction novelist and offers some top tips…
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    Ten ways to cope with disappointment and criticism …

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    If you’re going to succeed in the writing industries you need to be able to bounce back from disappointment and carry on… [...]

  • Being self employed

    Working for yourself – top tips…

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    Many people dream of working for themselves – and most have thought about chucking it in at the office and setting up on their own. But just how difficult is it? And would working for yourself really be right for you? [...]

Is Trip Advisor deleting reviews for fear of being sued?

August 25, 2014
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Something has happened recently to Trip Advisor. I’ve noticed lately the bad reviews have got fewer and the good ones have become more plentiful. There are also some surprising eateries at the top of Trip advisor… [...]

Are you setting your expectations too high?

July 28, 2014
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The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton is is being fought over by film directors who believe it will be a blockbuster. But the harsh reality is very, very few authors end up writing books as a job and earning the sort of living that enables them to secure a mortgage from it for example…
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Author Spot: Catherine Alliott

May 20, 2014
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A prolific author with 13 bestselling titles, Catherine Alliott has built a reputation as the British queen of chick lit. Yet, before she became so successful she was made redundant from her copyrighting job in advertising. Here, she tells how initially she was upset… and how it turned out to be a blessing in disguise… [...]

Author Spot: Sarah Wilson

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Writing a blog turned into a whole new career for journalist and editor Sarah Wilson. Here she tells how her books I Quit Sugar came about and how quitting sugar doesn’t mean dieting or a ban on treats… [...]

Author Spot: Paul Apowida

April 15, 2014
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Paul Apowida was born in the remote village of Sirigu in northern Ghana but when he was a baby his family, including his parents, died suddenly. No-one in the community where he lived understood why they had died and they believed Paul was evil and to blame for the deaths of his parents…. [...]

What happens when publishers don’t honour payments?

March 5, 2014
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If you’re an editor on a publication hoping that seasoned freelancers, agencies, journalists and agents will email you first with that great exclusive then I am afraid you must be nice. And being nice doesn’t mean taking that journo you value for the occasional pizza (while that is nice) it means ensuring you are fair. That means not changing the brief after you have received the piece and when someone has done the job – provided you with a story and photos – you pay them the agreed amount…
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Should you ever send Direct Messages on Twitter…?

August 9, 2013
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I have to say that apart from a few exceptions – which I will outline – I believe that Twitter is not the place to send direct messages ever…
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Ten dos and don’ts when approaching editors…

January 8, 2014
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Making a good impression from the start is crucial when you are approaching an editor for the first time. Here, we give some essential dos and don’ts… [...]

Author Spot: Haley Hill

February 13, 2014
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Author and former matchmaker agency owner Haley Hill tells how getting a literary agent didn’t help her get published – but how instead she found success self-publishing her book, It’s Got to be Perfect… [...]