Archive for April 2015

Finding new markets

Apr 20th, 2015 | 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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The Country Writer’s Craft

Apr 20th, 2015 | By

The Country Writer’s Craft now has its own Facebook page for those who enjoy reading and writing about the countryside.  Check out www.facebook.com/CountryWriters



Handy Hints for Writers

Apr 20th, 2015 | By

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



Kick-Starting the Novel – Session 4

Apr 20th, 2015 | By

  Pace & Narrative Style The pace and narrative style of a novel is all about holding the reader’s attention and making them want to turn the page. In Writing A Novel, Nigel Watts tells us that the reader’s attention will be held mostly by the author raising intriguing questions and delaying the answer. “Although

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Writer’s Wheel Magazine Issue 5

Apr 19th, 2015 | By

Welcome to the fifth mid-spring issue of Writer’s Wheel, the FREE online creative writing magazine from Compass Books. Spring and early summer brings new growth, and in this issue of Writers’ Wheel, Krystina Kellingley writes about inspiration and where to find it. Annette Oppenlander tells us how your first chapter must draw in the reader

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Authors – Have you registered for PLR?

Apr 15th, 2015 | By

  It was Simon Whaley’s comment that ‘The Positively Productive Writer’ was his highest earner for PLR payments that reminded me to update my own listing.  Public Lending Right (PLR) is a small government payment for the free lending out of author’s book by public libraries, payable each February. Payments are made annually on the

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£££££s vs. Publicity

Apr 7th, 2015 | By

  There comes a time in every author’s career when the lines have to be drawn over writing for free, writing for fun and writing for profit.  As beginners we have the pleasure of having material accepted for publication without payment but as we become more experienced we need to evaluate whether we expect to

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Kick-Starting the Novel

Apr 3rd, 2015 | By

Session 3 – Characterisation Whether your novel is plot-led, or character-led it will not generate any interest unless the reader can empa­thise with the main character. They can love or hate your ‘lead’ but they do need to feel something.  As a starting point, let’s consider the following: If you don’t care about your characters,

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