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Desiring Dragons – Defining Fantasy by Kevan Manwaring

‘This is a regrettably true tale such as no correct thinking person ought to regard seriously.’ James Branch Cabell   To define something as nebulous as Fantasy is to perhaps attempt an impossible task – the kind of thing a hapless heroine will be forced to undertake in a fairy tale: to sort rice grains

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An Introduction to Poetry by Jay Ramsay

Poetry is an impulse as old as the human spirit: as old as language itself. We find it deep in time; in Isiah, Homer, St John, Corinthians (in the Bible), Dante, Shakespeare, Goethe – in writing and in names which have become myth and which have entered the stream of memory of our heritage and

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TEN TIPS TO BEING DISCOVERED AS AN AUTHOR by Julie Day

I have been an indie author of adult and children’s ebooks since November 2011, have published eleven short ebooks/stories, and in that time I have realised that the best way to be found as an author is discoverability. There are lots of ways in the wonderful world of the internet to be discovered, but here

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Reviewing the Situation by Suzanne Ruthven

Suzanne Ruthven, author, commissioning editor, tutor, publisher, ghostwriter … but not a literary critic. “Reviewing has one advantage over suicide: in suicide you take it out on yourself; in reviewing you take it out on other people.” George Bernard Shaw New authors often ask the question: How do you cope with bad reviews? The answer is:

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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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Finding new markets

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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