Sizing Up Your Publisher

When it comes to finding a traditional publisher, does size matter? Simon Whaley chats to two writers about their experiences. On 1st July 2013 a new publishing conglomerate was born: …

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A Model of Co-operation

The May 2021 issue of Best of British has my piece about Robert Owen. Now, for those of you who don’t know, Robert Owen is acknowledged as the Father of …

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Artificial Intelligence

Can editing and proofing be automated? Simon Whaley explores online grammar services. I grew up in the 70s and 80s, when grammar was not the primary focus of English language …

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Copyright Basics

As World Intellectual Property Day approaches, Simon Whaley explores how copyright helps our writing business. Celebrating its 21st anniversary on 26th April 2021, World Intellectual Property Day recognises the impact …

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The Cultural Clun Valley

Cultural Clun Valley – The People’s Friend – 27th February 2021

My Clun Valley feature is the front cover feature of the latest issue of The People’s Friend. Although a quiet corner of Shropshire, there’s a lot going on there, and it’s easy to spend a whole week exploring the delights the valley has to offer.

AE Housman’s poem, A Shropshire Lad, epitomises the Clun Valley in the lines:

Clunton and Clunbury,

Clungunford and Clun

Are the quietest places

Under the Sun

A Shropshire Lad by AE Housman

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How To Succeed With A Series

Why write one novel, when publishers love a series? Simon Whaley chats to two successful series authors. Thirty-six years ago, Arthur Fowler, Ali Osman and Den Watts broke into Reg …

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Legal Deposit

Writing Magazine – February 2021

When it comes to the business of writing, it doesn’t get much better than seeing your book in print. And if you’ve chosen the self-publishing route, then chances are you’ve encountered many challenges along the way. But our responsibilities as an author- publisher don’t stop once our book is on sale. There’s another important business responsibility we’re required to undertake.

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BoW – Covid Catch-Up

Writing Magazine – January 2021

There’s no doubt history will record 2020 as an exceptional year. You could say, the use of the word unprecedented by the media has, in itself, been unprecedented. While the future is still uncertain for many of us, there are still some certainties in life. Like taxes. 

With the January tax deadline looming, now’s a good time to review your financial documentation for your writing business. The various government support schemes for this financial year may mean you need to retain additional information for this financial year.

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