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Online Marketing for Authors by Susie Kearley

Every serious writer needs a website to showcase their work. If you don’t already have one, there are many free sites offering you the tools to build your own, and get your own URL, often free of charge. A website doesn’t have to be expensive or onerous. A simple site will do to get you

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Fiction - the Art and Craft

Gossip and Fiction by Colin Bullman

There are many good reasons for reading D H Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover and one of the less recognised reasons is for the comments Lawrence makes about the writing of fiction and characterisation in particular. The reason for this neglect, of course, is that the novel was censored for so-called obscenity for more than 30

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The Scholarship Game

The Scholarship Game – A no-fluff guide to making college affordable by Luke Arnce

1. Getting Started When you mix hormone-addled teenage minds and major life decisions, the result is usually less than satisfactory. Unfortunately, these are the conditions present when you are forced to decide where to go to college, and the colleges don’t make it any easier. They flood your mailbox with glossy brochures showing students smiling

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Be a travel writer

The Big World of Travel Features by Solange Hando

Guess how many English magazines are published around the world? Millions every year, with an average of 2600 copies sold every minute in the UK, according to industry data, spread across a huge range of titles, not counting newspapers and websites. Add North America, Australia, New Zealand, plus another 80 countries or so where English

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At the Edges of Historical Fiction by Autumn Barlow

It’s easy to define “historical fiction” – it has a setting in the past. That might be eighty years ago, or eight hundred, or more. Within that, there are subdivisions. Stirring military fiction – they have covers in red and black, with muscular men gripping swords, their square jaws set firm. Or tender Regency romances,

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Sarah-Beth Watkins is an experienced freelance writer who has written for various publications over the past 20 years, she began her career writing for parenting magazines and has since gone on to write on many different subjects. Her experience ranges from feature articles, human interest and historical articles as well as short stories and book

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Handy Hints for Writers

The Compass Books Blog is always interested in receiving 500-word max handy hints, tips and nuggets that will be of interest to other writers such as time-saving tips, favourite reference books, displacement activities, reviews of Compass Books, useful blogs, etc.  Email me at publisher1@compass-books.net

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Brain Workout – The Fifteen Minute Game

Sit in a café or shopping centre and focus on a pair of shoes. They may be in a shop window or on somebody’s feet. For five minutes write about those shoes. Don’t censor what you write or cross anything out. If they are in a shop window, think of the sort of person who

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Brain Workout – The Fifteen Minute Game

Set your kitchen timer for fifteen minutes. Pretend this is a race. Write as quickly as you can. Don’t stop to think. Concentrate on filling the space with words rather than on getting it ‘right.’ Don’t worry if some of your ideas are a little crazy. Don’t worry about perfect spelling or grammar. The tidying

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