Memorable words

Memorable words

I can’t think of many greater gifts than to teach and encourage your child to use a dictionary from a young age. If I asked how to spell something my mother would always say, ‘Look it up’. I used to say how can I look it up if I don’t know how to spell it? After she’d …

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You want me to what my book? Market it? But I’m a writer…Help!

You want me to what my book? Market it? But I’m a writer…Help!

So your book is finally being published and you’re beside yourself with excitement. You’ve done it! You’ve achieved that lifelong dream! But guess what? That’s not the end of the hard work. Well – not unless you have secured a major publishing deal with one of the BIG FOUR. Now you actually have to promote …

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A Parent’s Guide to Coping with Autism

A Parent’s Guide to Coping with Autism

I’m working with an author who has written a practical guide for parents coping with a life-changing diagnosis of Autism. She is, in my humble opinion, an absolute Super Mum and an incredible role model. Being in the unique position of having all 4 boys diagnosed with Classic Autism (so not just somewhere on the …

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The joys of writing

The joys of writing

If you’ve ever heard the expression, the road to hell is paved with good intentions, then you may also have heard the road to publishing is littered with rejections. Oh and mind you step over the would-be authors lying by the wayside pounding their fists while crying “Why? Why? Why?” It’s been a bit of an …

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So you’re writing a novel. Where do you start?

So you’re writing a novel. Where do you start?

People generally ask how one attempts to write a whole novel. Sure, it’s one word, followed by another, but which words? My professional experience taught me one thing about the writing process. There are two types of people when it comes to writing. Those who are terrified and intimidated by the blank page, and those who …

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News

News

News It seems already that we have lost so many great talents in 2016 and it’s only just the end of February now. This month we said goodbye to three writers who will leave their mark on generations of readers to come. Umberto Eco January 5th 1932 – February 19th 2016 Milan – aged 84 …

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Please God – not another synopsis

Please God – not another synopsis

Well it’s been an interesting week here at the desk. JK Rowling (Twitter Queen) relayed a public service announcement about the Lucy Cavendish Prize. “A great opportunity for unpublished female writers resident in UK and Ireland,” she says. I decided, nothing ventured, nothing gained. Right? I’m an unpublished female writer, and at this point in time …

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How do YOU spell dilemma?

How do YOU spell dilemma?

My feathers were ruffled somewhat this afternoon. My husband asked, “How do you spell dilemma?”  Now I like to think ‘words’ are something I’m relatively good at. True, sometimes I have to write a word down to be sure, but generally speaking, I can spell. I replied with confidence “D.I.L.E.M.N.A.”. Oh, the glee on his face as he …

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