With an extra 24 hours this month, Simon Whaley chats to three productive writers about making the most of our writing time. When you’re an employee you get paid at the end of the month. Unfortunately, most employees get paid the same amount of […]
Travel writing is not all about sipping cocktails on sun-drenched beaches. Simon Whaley packs his bags to explore the business etiquette of the press trip.
Is there a business case for using a pen name? Simon Whaley chats to three writers about the pros and cons of a split writing personality. My name is Simon Whaley, and that’s the name I write under. Although there was that time when I […]
What do professional writers get in their Christmas stockings? Simon Whaley unwraps a few ideas from Christmas past to sneak onto your list this year.
There are, on average, 125,000 new books published in the United Kingdom every year. Approximately 20% (25,000) are novels. The rest are non-fiction. The opportunity for having a non-fiction book published is therefore much greater, so why not make your first book a non-fiction one? […]
Dark nights and negative demons can quash a writer’s confidence. Simon Whaley finds two writers who’ve trained their demons into submission. (Published in Writing Magazine – November 2015 Issue)
Simon Whaley explores the benefit of authors getting involved with their local literary festivals … Keeping It Local was published in the Autumn 2015 issue of The Author, the Journal of the Society of Authors Keeping it local Phyllis Blakemore will always remember her appearance […]
Check out Issue 110 of The People’s Friend Special, which not only has one of my short stories in it, but it also has an article about my visit to the Pershore Plum Festival!
Pick up a copy of the 18th July 2015 issue of The People’s Friend to see the latest monthly instalment of a year in the life of an Age UK charity shop, illustrated with my photos of the team.
Businesses make themselves stronger by joining forces. Simon Whaley discovers how this can help your writing. Writing is a lonely occupation, but those writers who succeed tend to be the ones who seek support from elsewhere. In the world of business this is known […]
Keeping our writing business afloat isn’t easy. Simon Whaley chats to two writers who’ve found diversification has led to calmer seas.
No writer worth their weight in text is without ideas. But sometimes conjuring them up feels more challenging than pushing a brussels sprout up to the top of Snowdon using only your nose. (By the way, that has been done, but it was an uphill […]
Is it good business to write for free? Simon Whaley explores the value of your words. Picture the scene: an email pops into your inbox. The editor loves your submission and wants to publish it. Sadly, there’s no budget to pay contributors, but it’s […]
If you can get hold of a copy of The People’s Friend, dated 21st March 2015, then check out the feature exploring the life of an Age UK charity shop in Newport (for which I took the photos). In this month’s issue, shop manager […]
My latest batch of Age UK photos has been published in The People’s Friend magazine. They’re such a lovely team at the Newport, Shropshire shop, and they are all fantastically friendly, especially when they hate having their photos taken! Mind you, I can understand their […]
My latest article for Writer’s Wheel, the online magazine for writers, is entitled Course You Can and looks at how to make the most from a residential writing workshop. You can download a free PDF version here. Course You Can – Writers’ Wheel – Winter 2014-5 […]
I’ve just caught up with the issues of The People’s Friend that contain the new monthly series of articles from Age UK. Whilst Age UK could supply the text, The People’s Friend needed someone local to the Newport shop that Age UK have selectued to […]
The latest article in my Business of Writing column in Writing Magazine has just been published. Software Solutions identifies a few computer programmes of use to writers, with some quotes from David Hewson, Catherine Fitzsimons and Jane Smith.
What a fun morning I’ve had, taking photos on behalf of The People’s Friend magazine, at the Age UK shop in Newport, Shropshire. My thanks go to store manager Sharon, and the rest of her team for making me feel so welcome (and making me […]
My latest article in the Business of Writing series has just been published in Writing Magazine. Know Your rights looks at the various rights writers need to consider offering/retaining when submitting their work to editors.
The June issue of Writing Magazine is out now, containing the latest in the series of articles I’ve written for them about the Business of Writing … Read about the laws that writers have to abide by, as well as the ones that are there […]
Out now – the November issue of Outdoor Photography magazine, with my Viewpoint of the River Colwyn … Last November, I was staying in Beddgelert with friends, when I spotted this view of the River Colwyn nearby. A truly magical place where I took […]
Writers’ News magazine: Most fiction writers like to add realistic elements to the stories, but if you want to give your character a realistic telephone number, who are you going call? Simon Whaley gets hung up on the telephone numbers which are dialled in dramas.
Writing magazine: Are you a left brain writer, or a right brain writer?
Writers’ News: It’s something many of us put off for another day, but writing a will is essential to safeguard your literay estate, advises Simon Whaley.
Amateur Photographer magazine: Thousands of photographers descend upon the largest photographic show in Europe, every year. You’d think they’d know what to do by now, wouldn’t you?
Cumbria magazine: Who says fellwalking’s not a competitive sport? Not Simon Whaley, that’s for sure …
Cumbria It can be quite strange the things people say in passing when on a Lake District mountain …
Have you just read Paula Williams’ regular The Writers’ Idea Store column in the January 2012 issue of Writers’ Forum magazine? Do you want to know more about my next book, The Positively Productive Writer? If so, click here.
When Lisa Edwards’ telephone number appeared on Ricky Butcher’s mobile phone in an episode of the BBC’s popular Eastenders soap opera last year, she soon discovered what happens when a real-life telephone number is used in a piece of drama. Some 2,800 people either called […]