Find Your Way As A Freelancer

My first published magazine piece was a word-search puzzle in 1989. They sent me a postal order for £3.50 as payment. (It was a long time ago!) Although I was …

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Lost in the Golden Valley

“Off to Hay-on-Wye?” enquires the cyclist waiting alongside me at the traffic light. “Golden Valley,” I reply, through my open car window.  She beams. “It’s beautiful. But that’ll be the …

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Ask The Agent – Madeleine Milburn

Madeleine Milburn taught English in Germany after graduating from St Andrews University. However, after a chance connection with a woman running a small independent publishing company, she changed jobs and …

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Change It Up

After the loss of one client, Simon Whaley explores how every writing business evolves over time. In 1963, when addressing guests at Frankfurt’s St Paul’s Church, President John F Kennedy …

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Picturesque Portmeirion

“Is this your first time at Portmeirion?” The receptionist hands me my ticket and a handy village map. “No, this must be my fourth visit,” I reply. “But I always …

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AI Narration

At the end of April 2022, Google Play Books announced a new beta service for self-published authors. They launched auto-narrated audiobooks that use AI (artificial intelligence) to help authors convert …

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Ask The Agent – Hannah Schofield

Simon Whaley caught up with romance-loving Hannah Schofield after she won the Romantic Novelist Association’s Agent of the Year award for the second year running. Hannah Schofield joined the LBA …

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Business Banking

Does the thought of having a business bank account for your writing business fill you with a fear of transaction charges and monthly fees? Well, fear no more, for it’s …

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Charming Kirkby Lonsdale

“You’ll have to turn round in a minute,” says an elderly chap, walking his dog. “The footpath is closed.” He thumbs over his shoulder as his West Highland Terrier jumps …

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