by entering our very short story competition. Closing date:
31 January 2007
Stories should be no more than 500 words and should be on the subject of the web.
Do some things just not work on your computer? You might need to deal with any software that prevents pop-up windows. They can be a nuisance but they are also useful when you want to access the many features offered by websites.
Our updated listing for 2007 of book fairs across the globe. Perhaps there's one near you?
The 2006 winner is Seamus Heaney, and the announcement has just been made after the judges chose from the extremely strong shortlist of 10 collections.
Your First Novel by Ann Rittenberg and Laura Whitcomb is: 'an
excellent tutorial and reference source for anyone who wants to become more than
a weekend scribbler... with a book like this on your desk, you stand a much
better chance of succeeding.'
This is the fourth and last in a series of articles by Tom Chalmers, MD of Legend Press, giving a publisher's view of the submission process and what a publisher is looking for.
This month: The changing face of publishing:
'Writers shouldn’t be deluded into thinking they can just write a good thriller, send it around and they will get an offer to get it published over lunch with an editor.'
We're relaunching our Coaching service and offering a free 20 minute telephone coaching session with Julia McCutchen if you register for any of the individual Coaching service packages by Friday 9 February 2007!
Are you baffled by email error codes and wondering what SMTP actually stands for? Our latest Writers Web Watch article will fill you in.
The latest in the Inside Publishing series deals with how to avoid being conned by the vanity publishers.
Bob grapples with research for his stage play, taking another look at his TV thriller and finding someone in the news has appropriated his main character's name:
'Turn on TV to be informed about the goings-on in the world, only to discover a name in the news is exactly the same as that of my hero.'
John Jenkins on the short story and Alice Munro's new collection, freedom of speech and a warning about 'participatory media' or 'citizen journalism':
'These organizations are intent on filling their online sites and hard copy publications on the cheap. It’s just like local radio stations which fill hours and hours with phone-ins. '
Shakespeare, Tolstoy and Flaubert were pretty good at it.'
We have revamped our WritersPrintShop website with lots more information. If you're thinking about self-publishing, this is the place to find out what's involved. If you're ready to go ahead, our high quality service is second to none and there's an economy version for those who want to tackle some of the work themselves. You can estimate the cost for yourself.
See also Finding an agent for how to go about getting someone to represent you.
It's easier than you think, so get recording! We'll provide a site for you to podcast your work soon.
Web 2.0 is the next development for the Internet, and then there's Web 3.0. So what does it all mean?
Check out the 15 different editorial services we offer, from Reports to Copy editing, Typing to Contract vetting. Our latest new service is Coaching.
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