Desiring Dragons – Defining Fantasy by Kevan Manwaring

Jun 12th, 2017 | By
Desiring Dragons

‘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

May 30th, 2017 | By

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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May 14th, 2017 | By

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

Apr 30th, 2017 | By

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

Apr 18th, 2017 | By
Freelance writing on health, food and garden

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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Gossip and Fiction by Colin Bullman

Mar 30th, 2017 | By
Fiction - the Art and Craft

There are many good reasons for reading D H Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover and one of the less recognised reasons is for the comments Lawrence makes about the writing of fiction and characterisation in particular. The reason for this neglect, of course, is that the novel was censored for so-called obscenity for more than 30

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The Scholarship Game – A no-fluff guide to making college affordable by Luke Arnce

Mar 14th, 2017 | By
The Scholarship Game

1. Getting Started When you mix hormone-addled teenage minds and major life decisions, the result is usually less than satisfactory. Unfortunately, these are the conditions present when you are forced to decide where to go to college, and the colleges don’t make it any easier. They flood your mailbox with glossy brochures showing students smiling

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The Big World of Travel Features by Solange Hando

Feb 27th, 2017 | By
Be a travel writer

Guess how many English magazines are published around the world? Millions every year, with an average of 2600 copies sold every minute in the UK, according to industry data, spread across a huge range of titles, not counting newspapers and websites. Add North America, Australia, New Zealand, plus another 80 countries or so where English

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At the Edges of Historical Fiction by Autumn Barlow

Feb 15th, 2017 | By

It’s easy to define “historical fiction” – it has a setting in the past. That might be eighty years ago, or eight hundred, or more. Within that, there are subdivisions. Stirring military fiction – they have covers in red and black, with muscular men gripping swords, their square jaws set firm. Or tender Regency romances,

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The Lifestyle Writer – How to write for the Home and Family Market by Sarah Beth Watkins

Jan 30th, 2017 | By

Look around you. What does your life contain? Home, family, children, grandchildren, eating out, good health, holidays abroad? Or maybe it’s not so sunny and your life includes relationship issues, a lack of a decent holiday, imminent surgery and a clapped out car. Wherever you are in your life, whatever you are experiencing, you can

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