Beat The Burnout

With one Bank Holiday until Christmas, Simon Whaley asks if we should take a break from our writing business. As writers, we can work from anywhere. Whether that be a …

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Magnificent Much Wenlock

This week’s issue of The People’s Friend has my travel piece about the Shropshire market town of Much Wenlock. Sandwiched between the River Severn and Wenlock Edge, this quintessentially English …

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Top Seven Seaside Railways

Check out my top seven seaside railways journeys in the August 2022 issue of BBC Countryfile magazine. (They’re all more ‘unusual’ railway journeys, including cliff railways, funicular railways, tramways and …

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Medium Money

Can writing for online platforms generate a useful income? Simon Whaley reviews his first year on Medium In August 2012, Evan Williams, who founded Blogger and co-founded Twitter, launched a new online writing …

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St Catherine’s Fort

The July 2022 issue of BBC Countryfile has my piece about St Catherine’s Island, which is just off the beach at Tenby, Wales. It’s currently run by some amazing volunteers, …

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Make It Snappy!

Last December, I was fortunate enough to do a talk at the Warner Leisure Hotels at Cricket St Thomas, for the wonderful readers of The People’s Friend. Afterwards, I was …

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Amazon A+ – All Pluses and No Minuses

How can Amazon’s A+ Content help self-published writers? Simon Whaley chats to two authors who explored its promotional opportunities. A year ago, Amazon gave self-published authors access to a new …

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Seven Coronation Sites

To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, this month’s BBC Countryfile magazine has a right royal theme running through it. Check out my Top Seven Coronation Sites across Great Britain where …

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Pre-Order Pointers

Sell your books before you’ve written them. Simon Whaley explores the business of pre-orders. Picture the scene: your readers have devoured your latest self-published book and want more. They go …

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Radio Waves

Talking to local radio can be a great way to publicise your book. Simon Whaley chats to two writers who’ve taken to the airwaves. I shall never forget the time …

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