How to fall in love again with your trunk novel

How To Fall In Love Again With Your Trunk Novel

So you’ve dragged your manuscript from the depths of the trunk or bottom drawer, tucked away for the last few years under a pile of warranties for goods you no longer own and a bundle of  birthday cards you haven’t had the heart to throw out. Or maybe, like me, you’d sentenced it to literary […]

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From Manuscript to Publication

  There’s never been a more exciting time for writers than now. With the popularity of e-books and the simplicity and low cost of e-book production anyone can be a published author. This doesn’t mean that you can just churn out any old thing and think it will sell. The cream always rises to the […]

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DON’T MURDER YOUR DARLINGS – PUBLISH THEM

Like many writers I have a couple of bottom drawer manuscripts – my first attempts at novel writing destined to fade into dusty obscurity.  I’ve sent them to dozens of publishers and agents, and although I received some positive comments, none liked them enough to publish them. For a while I toyed with the idea […]

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SURVIVAL TIPS FOR NANOWRIMO

It’s almost that time again, when writers hibernate for a month, overindulge in chocolate and coffee, surface wild-haired and bloodshot-eyed to get more supplies and are often heard at night howling literary expletives to the moon. November is Nanowrimo, National Novel Writing Month, when writers all over the world join hands in a virtual Ring […]

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FIFTY SHADES OF GREEN – ARE YOU JEALOUS?

  If I have one more non-writer friend ask me, ’Why didn’t you write Fifty Shades of Grey?’ I’ll scream.  My writing colleagues wouldn’t think of asking me that question because we all know that even if any one of us had written that trilogy, we could just as easily have sunk into obscurity. Success […]

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DO WRITERS FESTIVALS INSPIRE YOU?

It’s countdown time to the Brisbane Writers Festival and I’m like a kid waiting for Christmas. I’m not ashamed to admit it – I’m a writers festival groupie. I’ve been to the BWF for the last 5 or 6 years running – maybe longer, I’ve lost count, but it’s now become a must-do event in […]

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CORPORATE SPEAK – A FOREIGN LANGUAGE

  As a copywriter whose job it is to write as simply and clearly as possible, my pet hate is corporate speak. It’s not only business people who use it – politicians, government officials and many people in the public eye love it – because they can use lots of important sounding words to create […]

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THE TOP 5 MISTAKES PEOPLE MAKE WHEN WRITING FOR THE WEB

Writing for the web is similar to writing for any other medium but it does have some unique protocols that must be followed. This article outlines the 5 big mistakes business owners make when writing website copy and how to avoid them. 1. No relevant key words on the Home Page: Google rank your website […]

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WHEN DO YOU TAKE THE LEAP TO FULL-TIME WRITING?

  Making the decision to be a full-time writer is a tough one – and scary. A myriad questions run through your mind.  Will I be able to earn enough money to pay the bills?  What happens if the work dries up?  How will I find well-paying clients?  Will I be able to promote myself […]

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WHY DO PEOPLE BUY YOUR PRODUCTS OR SERVICES?

Why do people buy your product or service? This might seem like a really obvious question to you – especially if you’re an accountant or mechanic or something straightforward like that. But when you scratch the surface you might be shocked to discover that people buy your product or service for reasons that you weren’t […]

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