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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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

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 …

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