BookBub Bonanza

With BookBub celebrating its tenth birthday in January 2022, Simon Whaley chats to three authors who use promotional email newsletter services to boost their writing business Launched in January 2012, …

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Pitch Perfect

Time is money, so submitting articles to magazines speculatively does not make business sense. Instead, professional writers pitch their ideas first. They approach an editor with their article idea, and …

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Mail Order Mogul

Napoleon may have called the British a nation of shopkeepers, but it was a young 19th century Welsh draper who turned the British into a nation of mail-order shoppers. On …

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Time Zones

Will the clocks going back an hour disrupt your writing schedule? Simon Whaley suggests this is the perfect time to review your time management. On Sunday 31st October, something magical …

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A Worldwide Presence

With so many social media channels, do writers still need a website? Simon Whaley chats to two writers about how their websites meet their needs. Twenty-seven years ago, on 13th …

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Covering Up

We might not judge a book by its cover, but we all jump to certain conclusions when we see one.  Book covers work hard. Not only must they convey the …

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Noteworthy Newtown

My travel piece about Newtown, Powys, is in the latest issue of The People’s Friend, and if you read it, you’ll soon discover, as I did, that this quiet market …

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The Art of Advertising

Self-publishing is maturing. Ten years ago, we could upload our self-published books to Amazon and watch people buy them. There were far fewer self-published books back then, and Amazon worked …

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Lovely Lake Vyrnwy

My feature about Lake Vyrnwy is in this week’s issue of The People’s Friend. Here are some more photos that weren’t used to accompany the feature (because they can only …

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Onny Meadows

I’ve got a few words in the latest issue of BBC Countryfile magazine, which focuses this month on wild flower meadows. (Check out number 1 in the image above – …

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