BoW – Covid Catch-Up

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.  […]

Unwrapping ISBNs

Why pay for an ISBN for your next self-published book, when some platforms will freely gift one to you? All businesses want lower costs to maximise profits, and that goes for our writing businesses too. Going for the free ISBN option seems good business sense. […]

Bring In The Harvest

The freelancer’s world can be one of feast or famine. Simon Whaley investigates how to spread the harvest more evenly. Traditionally, this is the time of year when farmers across the country bring in the harvest. Suddenly, there’s an abundance of food which, if carefully […]

Make Poetry Pay

The latest article in my Business of Writing series in Writing Magazine. The poet Robert Graves once claimed, “There’s no money in poetry, but then there’s no poetry in money.” Generating an income from our writing can be challenging, but for poets, it can be […]

Proposing Prose

Securing a non-fiction book contract means having a business plan. Simon Whaley reveals what to put into your next book proposal Do you have an idea for a great non-fiction book and want to secure a traditional publishing deal? Then what you need is a […]

Office Locations

Virginia Woolf famously called for a ‘room of her own’ in which to write. Simon Whaley chats to three wordsmiths about where they work and why. A year ago, the Royal Society for Literature released the results of a survey in which 80% of writers […]

A Bigger Platform

Should self-published authors go exclusively Amazon, or dip their toes into the wider world of Kobo, Apple and more? Simon Whaley explores the pros and cons. Ask any self-published author which ebook platform they sell their books on, and most will say Amazon. It’s easy […]

Understanding Your ALCS Statement

I love this time of year. March is when we get our free money from the ALCS. Free money? Oh, yes! However, from the many comments I’ve seen on social media, not everyone understands their ALCS statement. Many simply look at how much they’re getting […]

Taxing Transformations

Remember the plans for quarterly tax returns? Simon Whaley finds out what writers need to do now, in preparation. If there’s one piece of writing most of us detest it’s completing our tax return. So when George Osborne announced in November 2015 the Making Tax […]

Letter Feedback

It’s always nice when a reader writes in to a magazine’s letters page to comment on an article you’ve written (hopefully, for the right reasons!). So I was especially delighted today when my copy of Writing Magazine fell through the letter box that two different […]

Agent Attraction

Attracting an agent can be the start of a long business relationship. Simon Whaley flirts with two agents to learn more about the wooing process. At this time of year many literary agents are talking Frankfurt. The Frankfurt Book Fair is one of the biggest […]

Conquering Challenges

Just like paralympians, writers with disabilities strive to achieve their goals on a daily basis. Simon Whaley chats to two writers about how disability influences their writing business. After the spectacle of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games comes the Paralympic Games, where athletes with […]

Festival Fever

Most of us love a good writing workshop, and for an hour or two we’re in heaven. But why go to one when we could have a whole weekend or even a week of them? Three key writers’ conferences take place between the end of […]

Foreign Export Markets

Writing Magazine – May 2016 The UK magazine market is vast, but there’s a bigger world out there. Simon Whaley investigates exporting to foreign markets In America, May is World Trade Month when companies are encouraged to export their goods and services to new markets […]