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Writing well sets you apart from the rest

Originally posted on Arabella McIntyre-Brown:
Read this today. Thought it was good advice. Thought I should pass it on. “If there’s any one lesson I’ve learned: writing is sort of a lost art and I would always encourage young people,…

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Blake’s Cottage – now we know.

Originally posted on Beryl Kingston Blog:
We’ve been waiting for ages for one of the triumvirate to tell us when they are going to start repairing Blake’s Cottage. Nothing has been done and it’s now over a year since they bought…

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How The London Book Fair Helps Vanity Presses Exploit Newbie Authors

If you want to write, and think you will self-publish, read this post. You need to know the very large differences between self-publishing and vanity publishing, and avoid the latter like the plague if you don’t want to be parted … Continue reading

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Imagining good and bad

  It’s St Valentine’s Day tomorrow – 14th February – the day which has been colonised and commercialised by the hazy notion of romance. If you don’t spend, you don’t care, and if you’re not in a couple you’re nowhere … Continue reading

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Na-Nu, NaNo-NaNo

This year’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is almost half-way. How’s your magnum opus going? Keeping up to the 1,500 words per day you need to make the 50,000 mark by the end of the month? At midnight on Hallowe’en, … Continue reading

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Originally posted on crime thriller girl:
Office of Print t-shit     With huge thanks to the fabulous Criminal Element blog ( I’ve just spotted this wonderful t-shirt. It features the original UK book cover of The Hound of the…

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How many red herrings?

What was a cran? “In Great Britain, at least as early as the 18th century, a volume of fresh herring before cleaning.  From the Gaelic crann, a measure for herring. Sometimes spelled crane. A cran typically contains about 1200 fish, but can vary … Continue reading

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