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  • Writers’ News – Simon Whaley
    Photographer s Project Book Chapter 18 100 Stories For Queensland Photography Greetings Cards Short Stories Read Short Stories Writing Courses Writers Resources Info for Writers Competition Judging Links Tag Writers News The Wrong Number By simonwhaley On 28 March 2013 In Features 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 Read More Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Like this Like Loading A Will To Write By simonwhaley On 28 March 2013 In Features Finance A Will To Write by Simon Whaley 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 Read More Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Welcome Click on the photo to find out About Me More links NEWS Free Downloads Mindful Moment Search this site Recent Updates A Positively Productive Review 15 February 2016 Frozen Flow 15 February 2016 Teme Twister 14 February 2016 Slowing Up 13 February 2016 Weaving Water 12 February 2016 Publications Amateur Photographer BBC Countryfile BBC Midlands Today BBC One o

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  • Writing Magazine – Simon Whaley
    Like this Like Loading BoW Coping With A Crisis In Confidence By simonwhaley On 1 October 2015 In Features Writers Resources 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 Read More Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Business of Writing Get Help Through Business Synergies By simonwhaley On 5 June 2015 In NEWS 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 as a synergy when two or more businesses co operate to produce a result greater than their separate parts As individual writers we have strengths but we also have weaknesses In order to develop as writers we need to recognise those weaknesses and then join forces with another business that can help us overcome them making us much stronger in a competitive world Read More Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Business of Writing Don t Avoid The Diversion By simonwhaley On 1 May 2015 In Features Keeping our writing business afloat isn t easy Simon Whaley chats to two writers who ve found diversification has led to calmer seas Read More Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Business of Writing Free Words By simonwhaley On 20 March 2015 In Features Writers Resources 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 a great opportunity to see your name in print and it ll give you a piece to put in your published portfolio So what do you do Read More Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window

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  • Contact – Simon Whaley
    The Bluffer s Guide To Hiking 100 Greatest Walks In Britain The Little Book Of Alternative Garden Wisdom The Bluffer s Guide To Banking The Freelance Photographer s Project Book Chapter 18 100 Stories For Queensland Photography Greetings Cards Short Stories Read Short Stories Writing Courses Writers Resources Info for Writers Competition Judging Links Contact Agent My agent Kate Nash represents me for novel length fiction Kate Nash Literary Agency 1 Swift Way Brackley Northants NN13 6PY Tel 0844 4157844 Direct Contact With Me If you d like to get in touch with me please use the form below I ll respond as soon as I can but please bear with me if this doesn t happen for a few days Writers and deadlines need I say more Note for Writers Bureau Students Please contact me via my Writers Bureau email address simonw at writersbureau com You can also follow me on Twitter and on Facebook Name required Email required Subject Comment required Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Welcome Click on the photo to find out About Me More links NEWS Free Downloads Mindful Moment Search this site Recent Updates A Positively Productive Review 15 February 2016 Frozen Flow 15 February 2016 Teme Twister 14 February 2016 Slowing Up 13 February 2016 Weaving Water 12 February 2016 Publications Amateur Photographer BBC Countryfile BBC Midlands Today BBC One o clock News Best of British Country Border Life Country Walking Cumbria Daily Telegraph Discover Britain Ezee Writer Freelance Market News Great Walks Australia Holiday Cottages Lakeland

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  • Business of Writing: Press Trip Protocols – Simon Whaley
    common sense but it s good business sense too At a recent press trip to a stately home I found myself sat at the same table for afternoon tea as three magazine editors two of whom I d pitched ideas to earlier in the week and three travel writers from the national newspapers who were happy to share advice and contact names A press trip isn t just about the end article for the market you ve been commissioned It can also be a useful networking opportunity Solange agrees Mind what you say about other writers and editors You could be sitting next to their best friend Be prepared to compromise on a group trip Join in gracefully and don t criticise Be flexible on such trips You re not the only writer the PR agency is trying to accommodate As Jane says Organised press trips although great fun are very hectic and you don t have a moment to call your own I do like planned press trips with other journalists as it s fun to compare notes with people who do the same job as you and a lot of networking gets done Be prepared for schedules to change On one trip I d been commissioned to interview the Head Butler and the Head Chef The Head Butler interview was scheduled for 3 15pm but because another element of the press trip took longer than anticipated I ended up doing the interview two hours later while the Head Butler was busy preparing the dining table for the evening meal Due to a problem in the kitchens the Head Chef interview fell through I managed to get an interview with the Head Gardener instead This gave me a whole new section of magazines to approach with ideas to pitch On press trips nothing is ever a disaster just a new opportunity waiting to be exploited Maximum Potential Maximise the potential of any press trip you go on Although we only need one commission from a market to get us on the trip as freelance writers that doesn t stop us pitching differently angled ideas to other markets Organised press trips can be a one day event or last anything up to three days Due to their frantic pace there s a tendency for any prepared timetable to over run and there are moments of unexpected opportunities which means there is often little time to get any writing done Snatch any moments to write up notes transcribe interviews while they re fresh in your mind and jot down any further ideas But don t expect the afternoon free to write up your piece A press trip is time away from your writing desk There s another reason for obtaining commissions from other markets If you re organising your own trip and asking a tourist board or company to provide you with accommodation meals travel or free entry into tourist attractions having some back up plans can prove useful Things can

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  • Pembridge Perambulation – Simon Whaley
    The Positively Productive Writer Photography for Writers Running A Writers Circle Fundraising For A Community Project Ten Teatime Tales Best Walks in the Welsh Borders The Bluffer s Guide To Hiking 100 Greatest Walks In Britain The Little Book Of Alternative Garden Wisdom The Bluffer s Guide To Banking The Freelance Photographer s Project Book Chapter 18 100 Stories For Queensland Photography Greetings Cards Short Stories Read Short Stories Writing Courses Writers Resources Info for Writers Competition Judging Links Pembridge Perambulation By simonwhaley On 2 February 2016 In Walking Fancy a 7 5 mile wander around the beautiful Herefordshire countryside Check out the March 2016 issue of Country Walking with my Pembridge route Anyone with access to TrailZilla can use the code TZID29008 for full details Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Country Walking Previous Ripple Effect Next Sunshine Snapped for Shefali Comments are closed Welcome Click on the photo to find out About Me More links NEWS Free Downloads Mindful Moment Search this site Recent Updates A Positively Productive Review 15 February 2016 Frozen Flow 15 February 2016 Teme Twister 14 February 2016 Slowing Up 13 February 2016 Weaving Water 12 February 2016 Publications Amateur Photographer BBC Countryfile BBC Midlands Today BBC One o clock News Best of British Country Border Life Country Walking Cumbria Daily Telegraph Discover Britain Ezee Writer Freelance Market News Great Walks Australia Holiday Cottages Lakeland Walker Outdoor Photography Outdoor Pursuits That s Life Fast Fiction The Author The Independent The Observer The People s Friend The Simple Things The

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  • Charming Church Stretton – Simon Whaley
    upland birds in the West Midlands Gaining altitude I need a breather so I stop and turn round to look at my progress In front of me are the majestic snow capped peaks of Caer Caradoc once the site of an Iron Age hill fort The Lawley and in the far distance near Telford stands The Wrekin This was once thought to be an extinct volcano It isn t but it is made from volcanic rock Panning the horizon there s a Swiss Alp like feel to my view and Church Stretton deep in the valley below is no longer visible It s difficult to believe that Birmingham City Centre is only 40 miles away as the buzzard flies At the top of Townbrook Hollow my vista opens up as I step onto the Long Mynd s plateau summit In summer this is a mass of purple heather buzzing to the sound of the National Trust s local bee population Mynd is a corruption of the Welsh Mynydd which means mountain so Long Mynd actually means long mountain It s an apt name because looking at the contour lines on my map the hill is shaped like an upside down isosceles triangle stretching for over seven miles in length and nearly three miles at its widest point Now the views really open up and I can see the Malvern Hills in Worcestershire and the Brecon Beacons in South Wales On a really clear day it s possible to see Cadair Idris a mountain near the Welsh coast some fifty miles away A large shadow engulfs me momentarily Who turned the lights out Ah Looking up I spot a glider on a winter thermal The Midlands Gliding Club has its base up here and the skies above Church Stretton are often filled with gliders and paragliders soaring like buzzards on the thermals the Long Mynd produces The club has a winching rope they use to pull the engine less planes into the sky however it is possible to take to the skies without the winch Because of the Long Mynd s extremely steep western edge gliders can throw themselves off the side and get airborne that way It s one of the few places in Europe where they can do this My path joins up with The Burway a single track road that climbs out of Church Stretton onto the top of the Long Mynd It s not for the faint hearted driver for it is open to two way traffic and there aren t many passing places But today the road is closed due to the wintry conditions After a short while I pick up a wide track known as The Port Way This was an ancient droving route farmers and shepherds used to get their animals to market They often followed high mountain ridges because there was nowhere for thieves and poachers to hide and attack them The cold wind gets up sending a shiver round my neck so

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  • Misty South Shropshire – Simon Whaley
    Productive Writer Photography for Writers Running A Writers Circle Fundraising For A Community Project Ten Teatime Tales Best Walks in the Welsh Borders The Bluffer s Guide To Hiking 100 Greatest Walks In Britain The Little Book Of Alternative Garden Wisdom The Bluffer s Guide To Banking The Freelance Photographer s Project Book Chapter 18 100 Stories For Queensland Photography Greetings Cards Short Stories Read Short Stories Writing Courses Writers Resources Info for Writers Competition Judging Links Misty South Shropshire By simonwhaley On 11 January 2016 In British Travel Features Misty South Shropshire from Ragleth Hill published in Outdoor Photography Feb 2016 My photo of a misty South Shropshire as seen from Ragleth Hill appears in the February 2016 issue of Outdoor Photography under the Viewpoints section Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Outdoor Photography Previous Ann Cook Next Me And My Shadow Comments are closed Welcome Click on the photo to find out About Me More links NEWS Free Downloads Mindful Moment Search this site Recent Updates A Positively Productive Review 15 February 2016 Frozen Flow 15 February 2016 Teme Twister 14 February 2016 Slowing Up 13 February 2016 Weaving Water 12 February 2016 Publications Amateur Photographer BBC Countryfile BBC Midlands Today BBC One o clock News Best of British Country Border Life Country Walking Cumbria Daily Telegraph Discover Britain Ezee Writer Freelance Market News Great Walks Australia Holiday Cottages Lakeland Walker Outdoor Photography Outdoor Pursuits That s Life Fast Fiction The Author The Independent The Observer The People s Friend The Simple Things

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  • Wonderful Weston – Simon Whaley
    of the biggest garden rooms I ve ever seen A huge glazed orangery dominates the frontage offering amazing views across the parkland but behind this are three floors of unique rooms including a circular tea room and an octagonal music room Originally it had a menagerie in its grounds which we might recognise today as an aviary In the 18th century it was popular for the nobility to keep exotic and colourful birds It s recently been refurbished and can now be hired as self catering holiday accommodation Behind this are the Temple Gardens home to a stunning collection of tall redwood trees perfect for escaping from the heat of the sun on a warm sunny day like today It s not long before we stumble across the Temple Pool a vast body of water with a stunning bridge at one end also designed and created by James Paine It seems this too has a menagerie as several ducks ducklings coots and moorhens all quack squawk and chirp their way across the water in the hope that we ve come to feed them Our path takes us back through the woods passing some amazing rhododendron bushes It transpires there used to be many more of these here We ve been working very hard to reduce the number of rhododendron bushes Our guide holds out his arm and invites us to look around We don t think the Victorians understood or appreciated Capability Brown he says because these bushes grew so large they blocked the views from the paths that Brown had purposefully created As a result we ve had to remove over eighty per cent of the rhododendrons so we could open up the views again Our feet crunch their way along the gravel path and we pass through a short tunnel under one of Weston s many driveways to emerge outside the main entrance of the house What s fascinating about these large houses is how much they ve altered over the years and Weston is no exception Originally the entrance was on the north face of the building not the east face that we re looking at Stepping into the entrance hall the volunteer guides explain that this used to be library until the front door was moved in 1868 All entrances should impress and Weston s is no exception with its huge pillars and proliferation of horse paintings hanging on the walls These hang here because the 3rd Earl of Bradford was passionate about horses He was even Master of the Horse to Queen Victoria in the 1870s and 1880s In addition to being responsible for the Queen s horses he also had to organise all ceremonial processions To the left of an archway there s a painting by one of the most famous horse painters of all time George Stubbs Although Weston s rooms are large they feel homely Everywhere I look there are photos of the current Earl of Bradford and his family The house

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