Books For Writers

The Business of Writing

What is a writer’s responsibility when it comes to tax? What legal implications should writers be aware of? What records should writers maintain, and what’s the best way of doing that? How do you cope with rejection or those crises of confidence that we all have from time to time? When is a pseudonym necessary? How can you improve your productivity?

These, and many more, questions are answered in this collection of articles, first published in Writing Magazine.

More than 50 professional writers, some of whom have appeared on the bestseller lists in the UK, or the New York Times and USA Today, share their tips and advice for making the most of your writing business.

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The Complete Article Writer

The Complete Article Writer began life as a series of eight step-by-step workshops that took delegates through the process of creating a publishable article. In book format its aim is the same: to show you how to get from a potential idea to a finished article written for a specific readership. The Complete Article Writer explores: 

– article ideas: generating ideas and maximising their potential
– magazine analysis: identifying your potential readers and the aspects of your idea that will interest them most
– article structure: choosing the best structure for your idea, and how to make it an engaging read
– creativity: adding interest and sparkle to your article
– pitching: selling your idea to an editor before you write the article
– rights: understanding the rights a magazine buys from you, and how you can re-use your ideas.

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The Positively Productive Writer

The Positively Productive Writer
The Positively Productive Writer

‘My piece was rejected. I should give up writing, yes?’ NO!

As a creative writing tutor, workshop facilitator and a regular speaker at writers circles, Simon Whaley frequently comes across this statement from prospective writers. But drawing upon his own writing experience of over twenty years, the last eight as a full-time freelance writer, Simon knows how rejection can be misinterpreted.

Writers will always be rejected, both beginners and professionals, so it is imperative that writers understand what rejection really means and equip themselves with the necessary skills to cope with this emotion and identify any opportunities that may arise. When one of his book proposals was rejected by a publisher, the rejection actually led to two book commissions from the same publisher!

Having a positive frame of mind is key to remaining a productive writer. The more positive a writer is, the more productive they are, and the more productive they are, the more opportunity for writing success there is.

The Positively Productive Writer is not a how-to-write book, but a how-to-stay-motivated-as-a-writer book.

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Photography for Writers

Which would you rather be: the writer who got paid £100 for providing the words to a travel article, or the writer/photographer who got paid £250 for providing pictures with those same words for a travel article? Editors are looking for complete words and picture packages these days, so writers who can provide both stand a better chance of success, and also higher rates of pay. And you don’t need to have a professional camera to do this – a simple, pocket, compact camera is capable of taking publishable photos these days, so why shouldn’t you be one of those better paid writers?

Photography for Writers will show you how to make the most of your compact camera, and how to save, store, and retrieve your photos, as well as how to offer these photos to an editor. There’s advice on how to get to know your compact camera, things to think about when taking photos abroad, some of the legal implications of taking photos and advice on how to use your camera as a research tool. All this, and a dedicated website offering further advice, example images and some exercises to accompany each chapter (

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