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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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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



£££££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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WHO’S WHO @ COMPASS BOOKS – Lynne Hackles

Aug 21st, 2014 | By

WHO’S WHO @ COMPASS BOOKS – Lynne Hackles Lynne Hackles began writing in 1980, selling the first dozen stories she wrote, together with a novel for pre-teens. Then came her first rejection! Since then Lynne has sold several hundred short stories, been placed in many short-story competitions, has had her work in anthologies and has

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The 6-word Short Story Competition

May 1st, 2014 | By

Ernest Hemingway is supposed to have coined the first example of the 6-word short story with ‘For sale: baby shoes, never worn.’ Our Summer Challenge invites you to submit your complete 6-word story –in no more, no less.  A selection of the best will be published in the autumn edition of Writer’s Wheel.   Send to:

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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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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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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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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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