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. […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
Don’t let the IRS take a third of your self-published royalties. Simon Whaley takes you step-by-step through the IRS tax interview process. No business likes giving away 30% of its income when it doesn’t have to, and that applies to your writing business too. If […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Business of Writing – You Can Bank On It Has your writing business come of age? Simon Whaley looks at when to get a business bank account. We all remember our first time. It was 1989, I was 18, and I couldn’t believe what […]
The February 2020 issue of Writing Magazine is out now, and my Business of Writing column looks at how writers can organise their own booksignings in WHSmiths.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Check out the August issue of Writing Magazine for my latest article about social media, and how writers might want to consider using it.
Writing for print publications means working several months ahead. Simon Whaley explains why writers need their own time-travelling Tardis. Doctor Who might be one of the world’s most famous time travellers, but any writer hoping to see their words printed in a weekly, monthly […]
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 […]
UNDERSTANDING YOUR AUTHOR CONTRACT Secured a publishing deal? Simon Whaley puts on his business head to assess its implications. On 30th April 2003 I received my first author contract. Hodder & Stoughton wanted to publish my One Hundred Ways For A Dog To Train Its […]
Our Last Will and Testament may not be as interesting as William Shakespeare’s, but Simon Whaley chats to two experts about why every writer needs one. Four hundred years ago, on 25th March 1616, William Shakespeare wrote his last will and testament. This turned out […]
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 […]
What should writers be doing as the year comes to a close? Download The New Year Business Review to find out. The Business Review
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.
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)
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.
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 […]
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.