Archive for August 2013

Compass Books Writing Course

Aug 28th, 2013 | By

STEP TWO: THE IDEAS FILE Without innovative ideas any writing is going to fall short of the mark, and so one of the first things a writer must learn are ways and means of generating fresh slants on old topics.  A daily newspaper can provide a fresh supply of plots and subject matter but we

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Soon Be Time For NaNoWriMo

Aug 27th, 2013 | By

Positively productive writers know that it’ll soon be time for NaNoWriMo. For those of you who don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. Essentially, it’s an opportunity for writers to sit down on 1st November, with the aim of getting the first 50,000 words of their novel written by midnight on 30th November.

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Part 1: Learning the tricks of the trade

Aug 22nd, 2013 | By

A Compass Books Guide to Starting A Writing Career Part 1: Learning the tricks of the trade Creative writing courses are expensive, time-consuming and not always a productive start to a writing career.  Most adults who want to write will already know the basic fundamentals of speech and grammar, and familiar with the concept that

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LET’S DO IT!

Aug 21st, 2013 | By

Let’s Do It! … but just how far should we go? with apologies to Cole Porter, Noel Coward and Victoria Wood! One of the most frequent question asked on my ‘Kick-Starting the Novel’ course is how far should the novelist be expected to go in order to give a typescript the right amount of sex-appeal.

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NEED TO GENERATE MORE BOOK SALES?

Aug 21st, 2013 | By

   GEMS FROM THE BACK LIST The Authors’ Guide to Publishing & Marketing Tim Ward and John Hunt Need to generate more book sales? Has your title slipped into a black hole on the publishers’ back list? Could your book benefit from a fresh publicity campaign? Are you about to launch a new book and

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HISTORY IN THE MAKING

Aug 14th, 2013 | By

Commissioning editor for Compass Books, S UZANNE RUTHVEN looks at writing fact and fiction for the historical market for other JHP imprints. When writing for the historical readership the essential ingredient is research; the secret is knowing how much of it to use and what to leave out!  For me this dilemma was partially solved

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WHAT SHALL I CALL MYSELF?

Aug 13th, 2013 | By

Multiple Personality Disorder is a therapist’s phrase but any writer who works with a pseudonym is probably fully aware of the condition and the problems it brings.  A writer’s name is important. It reflects our personality or our alter idem, our other self. This other self (or selves) remains hidden for most of the time,

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