Archive for January 2014

Astrocharacters workshops with Judy Hall

Jan 27th, 2014 | By

Judy Hall, author of Astrocharacters will be at three writers’ conferences this year talking/doing mini-workshops: the Society of Women Writers and Journalists at Cambridge April 4-6, Swanwick 8-15 August and the National Association of Writing Groups at Warwick 29-31 August. “And while I’m at it, here’s the list of my workshops so far up until

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Opportunities for writers of history

Jan 22nd, 2014 | By

Our sister company, Chronos Books, is looking forward to a productive 2014 with its first titles being published since its inception last year. Chronos is our historical non-fiction imprint that covers real history for real people bringing to life historical people, places and events in an imaginative, easy-to-digest and accessible way. First out is Ropley

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WHO’S WHO @ COMPASS BOOKS

Jan 15th, 2014 | By

WHO’S WHO @ COMPASS BOOKS – Sally Spedding Sally Spedding was born by the sea near Porthcawl to a Dutch father and Welsh mother. She trained in sculpture both at Manchester College of Art and St. Martin’s, London to post-graduate level. Whilst teaching and exhibiting, she won a major international short-story competition and was approached

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WHO’S WHO @ COMPASS BOOKS

Jan 11th, 2014 | By

When Simon Whaley (aged 14) asked writer and playwright Alan Bleasdale advice about becoming a writer, Alan Bleasdale said, “I suggest you become a brain surgeon instead!” He was probably right. To become a brain surgeon in the UK takes about 15 years. It took Simon 18 years to get his first book contract. That

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WHO’S WHO @ COMPASS BOOKS

Jan 9th, 2014 | By

WHO’S WHO @ COMPASS BOOKS – Sarah-Beth Watkins 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

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Handy Hints for Writers

Jan 8th, 2014 | By

Stuck for ideas? Anniversaries can help get the creative juices flowing. Check out some of 2014’s anniversaries here: http://www.expertsources.co.uk/anniversaries.php from Simon Whaley author of The Positively Productive Writer



SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Jan 8th, 2014 | By

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: read, ingest & obey! Q: Why do we have submission guidelines? A: To prevent everyone wasting time in sending and receiving material that is totally unsuitable for that particular publisher or editor. Writers’ guidelines are there for a purpose. They give the writer an overall idea of what a commissioning editor is willing

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UNLOCK YOUR CREATIVITY

Jan 2nd, 2014 | By

a 21 day sensory workout for writers by Sue Johnson and Val Andrews   Our Approach  We believe everyone is born creative. When you were a child, the world may have been a magical place where anything was possible. Unfortunately, this can be eroded by a variety of factors and some people say they have

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WRITING A NOVEL

Jan 1st, 2014 | By

Compass Books Writing Course – part 6 Novel writing is a complex business and certainly not for beginners. For that reason we have split our novels category into two sections: one dealing with the different components of the novel and the other catering for the different genres Because of the feed-back taken from JHP readers’

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Write for the Blog

Jan 1st, 2014 | By

As part of the mass marketing campaign to promote Compass Books, its titles and authors, we’d like to see the content of the blog extended to include contributions from CB authors.  Submissions should be anything from handy hints for writers to how you planned and wrote your latest book – anything in fact that would

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