Archive for February 2014

What The How-To Books Don’t Tell You

Feb 28th, 2014 | By

Since creative writing became one of the largest growth indus­tries in the hobbies market, there have been countless how-to books written advising new writers on the best way to get their work into print.   So here’s a simple A-Z checklist of some of the do’s and don’ts to get out of the way before we

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WHO’S WHO @ COMPASS BOOKS – Suzanne Ruthven

Feb 25th, 2014 | By

Suzanne Ruthven is the former editor of the popular monthly creative writing magazine, The New Writer, and now commissioning editor for Compass Books – the writer’s resource imprint for the international John Hunt Publishing company. She has also regularly contributed freelance articles to a variety of publications as diverse as The Lady, The Countryman, Prediction,

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NO FLOODS OF CUSTOMERS FOR THE HIGH STREET BOOKSELLER …

Feb 22nd, 2014 | By

NO FLOODS OF CUSTOMERS FOR THE HIGH STREET BOOKSELLER … An interesting piece in this weekend’s Daily Telegraph (22nd February 2014) reveals that the number of independent bookshops in the UK has now fallen below 1,000 ‘for the first time as a combination of Amazon, e-books and High Street rent increases puts them out of

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How To Write for the How-To Market

Feb 21st, 2014 | By

How To Write For The How-To Market Everyone, at sometime in their lives, need to learn how to do something they have never attempted before. From planning a wedding, preparing an after dinner speech, considering a career change, writing a stage play, taking up a new hobby, organising a holiday, improving a life-style, joining a

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TALKING TO PUBLISHERS: Lodestone

Feb 17th, 2014 | By

LODESTONE is a new imprint, which offers a broad spectrum of subjects in YA/NA literature. Compelling reading, the Teen/Young/New Adult reader is sure to find something edgy, enticing and innovative. From dystopian societies, through a whole range of fantasy, horror, science fiction and paranormal fiction, all the way to the other end of the sphere,

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

Feb 17th, 2014 | By

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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CBCourse01 – Updated February 2014

Feb 17th, 2014 | 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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