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  • July 2016 – Write A Non-Fiction Bestseller – Simon Whaley
    books market is vast Whether your specialist subject is biography memoir travel local history humour step by step guides or even how your pet can train its human you can turn it into a book This course will show you how to develop your non fiction book idea turn it into a workable proposal that both readers and publishers will want to read We ll look at how to identify which traditional publishers to approach and how to sell yourself to them We ll scrutinise a publishing contract so you know what you re letting yourself in for as well as consider self publishing options Niche subject matters often work better as self published books Then we ll explore ways to publicise your book because it s down to the author whether you re traditionally published or self published Finally we ll examine the business side of being a non fiction book author So don t write a non fiction book Write a non fiction bestseller THE TWO DAY PROGRAMME INCLUDES An introduction to the non fiction book market factual humour biography memoir it s huge Tips on how to twist your book ideas into formats that will interest publishers Advice on how to structure your book Identifying your readers who are you writing your book for How does your book differ from others on the same subject Creating a non fiction book proposal Sell your idea first then write the book Should you self publish When to approach traditional publishers and when to self publish Creating your initial approach letter How to interest a publisher in your non fiction book proposal Come with an idea and leave with your book outlined and approach letter drafted Who s It For This course is ideal for anyone who has an idea for a non fiction book but doesn t know where to start or has begun writing their book but are unsure of how to proceed Cost 499 for the week which includes the choice of another course during the break How To Book Booking Enquiries This course is being delivered on behalf of the Writers Holiday For administrative queries accommodation making payments etc and bookings please contact Ann or Gerry on Tel 01633 489438 e mail gerry writersholiday net www writersholiday net Or complete the booking form on the Writers Holiday website at http www writersholiday net bookingform2 htm Book early to guarantee a place and pay by instalments Non participating partners welcome Course Queries If you have any queries about the course of whether it may be suitable for you please contact me via the CONTACT PAGE and I will respond as soon as I can 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

    Original URL path: http://www.simonwhaley.co.uk/july-2016-write-a-non-fiction-bestseller/ (2016-02-17)
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  • October 2016 – Write A Non-Fiction Bestseller – Simon Whaley
    books market is vast Whether your specialist subject is biography memoir travel local history humour step by step guides or even how your pet can train its human you can turn it into a book This course will show you how to develop your non fiction book idea turn it into a workable proposal that both readers and publishers will want to read We ll look at how to identify which traditional publishers to approach and how to sell yourself to them We ll scrutinise a publishing contract so you know what you re letting yourself in for as well as consider self publishing options Niche subject matters often work better as self published books Then we ll explore ways to publicise your book because it s down to the author whether you re traditionally published or self published Finally we ll examine the business side of being a non fiction book author So don t write a non fiction book Write a non fiction bestseller THE WEEKEND PROGRAMME INCLUDES An introduction to the non fiction book market factual humour biography memoir it s huge Tips on how to twist your book ideas into formats that will interest publishers Advice on how to structure your book Identifying your readers who are you writing your book for How does your book differ from others on the same subject Creating a non fiction book proposal Sell your idea first then write the book Should you self publish When to approach traditional publishers and when to self publish Creating your initial approach letter How to interest a publisher in your non fiction book proposal Come with an idea and leave with your book outlined and approach letter drafted Who s It For This course is ideal for anyone who has an idea for a non fiction book but doesn t know where to start or has begun writing their book but are unsure of how to proceed Cost 240 approx for precise costs contact Lois Maddox Day Delegate rates available How To Book Booking Enquiries This course is being delivered on behalf of Relax and Write For administrative queries accommodation making payments etc and bookings please contact Lois Maddox at Relax Write on Tel 01454 773579 e mail LOISBM aol com www malagaworkshops co uk Write to The Secretary Relax Write 9 D Langthorn Close Frampton Cotterell Bristol BS36 2JH Book early to guarantee a place and pay by instalments Non participating partners welcome Course Queries If you have any queries about the course of whether it may be suitable for you please contact me via the CONTACT PAGE and I will respond as soon as I can 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

    Original URL path: http://www.simonwhaley.co.uk/october-2015-write-a-non-fiction-bestseller/ (2016-02-17)
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  • Workshops & Talks – Simon Whaley
    THE MAGAZINE MARKET Whether you write articles short stories or even poems you need to know how to write suitable material for the magazine you are targeting This workshop shows how to analyse a magazine to identify who its readers are and where the best freelance slots are in a magazine PHOTOGRAPHY FOR WRITERS How using photographs can increase your chances of success when writing letters and fillers and magazine articles Tip and advice on how to take a publishable photo all you need is a compact camera or even a mobile phone No professional cameras required WRITING A NON FICTION BOOK We all have a book inside us apparently so let s hope it s a non fiction one because for every novel published 5 non fiction books are published This workshop will show you how to increase your chances of publication by finding a suitable market for your book and then writing a decent proposal Workshopping in action at Caerleon 2007 FULL TIME FREELANCE WRITING Don t Well okay if you want to give it a go find out where I went wrong and be prepared to accept that your image of a writer sitting in an oak panelled study gazing out across an enchanting view just doesn t exist MY KINGDOM FOR A COUNTY County magazines offer a good market for local writers to target After all you live in the area you re already the expert Find out what sort of subjects they publish and how to break into them JEREMY PAXMAN GETS CREATIVE Quotes add life to a piece of text so this workshop shows you what sort of questions to ask to get information from people With plenty of interaction between workshoppers we ll explore how to get creative with the information you ve gathered to discover that interviews are not all they may seem to be COME FLY WITH ME Travel writing is a writer s dream job But it s not all lounging in the sun with cocktail in one hand whilst you type up your latest feature on the laptop with the other That s pure fantasy You stand more chance of success writing about the Seven Wonders of Wigan Let s whizz around the world and find out how to write ANY travel feature even if you ve never set foot further than the Isle of Wight Reading is also workshopping at times THAT S BL DY C P Constructive criticism is a skill Destructive comments hurt but a plethora of positive plaudits from other writing group members isn t helpful either Writers need guidance not insults In this practical workshop we ll judge some competition entries allowing us to be impartial and from this discover ten top tips for giving or receiving criticism ARTICLE WRITING Does the Earth Move For You When writing articles you need to knock your readers off their feet with an earth shattering title and a pulsating first paragraph Then all you have to do

    Original URL path: http://www.simonwhaley.co.uk/workshops-talks/ (2016-02-17)
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  • The New Year Business Review – 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 The New Year Business Review By simonwhaley On 13 December 2015 In Free Downloads Writers Resources What should writers be doing as the year comes to a close Download The New Year Business Review to find out The Business Review 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 Writing Magazine Previous 8th December 2015 One Day Only Next Free Sample The Positively Productive Writer 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 Weekly

    Original URL path: http://www.simonwhaley.co.uk/the-new-year-business-review/ (2016-02-17)
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  • BoW – Coping With A Crisis In Confidence – Simon Whaley
    to write what I d always known would be the hardest section The chapters on punctuation and grammar didn t seem to fit in with the style of the rest of the book and were in danger of becoming terminally boring I d assumed that with four or five chapters under my belt I d manage without too much trouble but I lost momentum altogether Come the end of that month I had to face the reality that the chapter wasn t written and that what I d produced was terrible It s at moments like this when it s worth turning to friends for support I confided in two writing friends says Glynis and let them remind me this was do able And I reread Anne Lamott s Bird by Bird which gives permission to write a shitty first draft It didn t have to be perfect just done Her book s subject matter also helped her through the process We know its important to edit our work but how much editing do we need to do How many drafts are necessary What s the difference between editing and re writing When does re writing stop and editing start These can be the triggers that wake our negative demons To answer those questions Glynis interviewed several writers for their thoughts on the topic Their responses now struck a chord with her I reread the experiences of the writers I d interviewed for the book They d all struggled in one way or another It helped me see the situation in a new light This was not a personal crisis but simply a well worn path trod by many others like me Coming unstuck was normal So was persevering It also reminded her of her duty Rereading these also made me see more clearly how generous they d been in sharing their experiences I felt I owed them the best I could manage This realisation gave me a second wind Remembering that others have a stake in your work can be a way of putting things into perspective Julie experienced something similar with her book Ludlow in the Great War Because some families of those who fought and died in the war have been so generous with their information photographs and help I wanted to get the book right for them and for the memory of those poor lads who died It was those interviewees who galvanised her to stop fretting and make her submission Glynis s confidence crisis also made her stop and review her project Sometimes getting bogged down in the detail blinds us to the overall aim of our project This onset of doubt sent me back to the basics she says Who was I writing the book for What did they need With this in mind I felt free to let the book go in a new direction quite different from what I d originally planned This meant putting in a new section Putting the Theory

    Original URL path: http://www.simonwhaley.co.uk/bow-coping-with-a-crisis-in-confidence/ (2016-02-17)
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  • Keeping It Local – Simon Whaley
    As one festival goer puts it It s like a farmer s market only with writers We ve learned many lessons over the years Plan one year in advance At Wellington work begins on organising next year s festival as soon as the current festival has finished Four separate days are scheduled into the programme so that other festival events can be timetabled around us The festival brochure goes to print in July which means that by May five months before the festival authors need to commit to attending on a specific day As we learned from Phyllis s experience festival goers use the brochure to find out which day specific local authors will be at the library Get yourself on the committee If your local festival is run by committee join it Alternatively for festivals organised by individuals offer to organise a local author event so the existing administration is not burdened by the extra workload At Wellington Catherine Cooper first got involved on her own but now the event has grown the workload is split between three of us Create themed days With four separate Meet The Local Author Saturdays across our festival we themed a couple of days to give them a focus I took the decision early on says Catherine to designate one of the Saturdays for younger members of our community On the Children s Day we have illustrators local children s authors storytellers and poets I m responsible for organising the Saturday given over to published writers in the local writers group of which I m a member The other two Saturdays feature a mix of authors and poets We also find having a mix of traditionally published and self published writers on all four festival events works well Use a festival venue Choose a venue festival goers know well Our first events took place in our local W H Smiths where four of us were spread around the shop in a disjointed manner We ve since moved to Wellington s new library where there s space for six authors each with a table display We sit together between the main library stock and the popular café where there s a good footfall but our presence doesn t impinge on the library s day to day activities People check the festival programme to see what s happening at the library each day and of course the library is full of readers Engage with rather than sell to A typical Meet The Local Author event runs from 10am until 2pm We don t do talks or workshops Instead we display our books and chat with mug of tea in hand to passersby It s relaxed It s not an official book signing where readers who hog the author for too long are escorted off the premises by Men in Black Some authors sell one book some sell a dozen I ve sold books at every event But even if events do not generate sales on

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  • Interviewed in The Voice Newsletter – Simon Whaley
    luxury stately home for The People s Friend magazine tweaked the ending of one of my stories the editor of Take a Break s Fiction Feast wanted re working helped Country Walking magazine out with an urgent walking route they needed doing and I ve just sold the Icelandic rights to my first book One Hundred Ways For A Dog To Train Its Human Do you enjoy doing research I enjoy MAXIMISING my research By that I mean making the most out of the research I ve done For example staying overnight in the luxury stately home has given me a wealth of material to work with The People s Friend commissioned two pieces for that but I ve identified seven other angles and have pitched ideas to different magazines I ve also come up with a short story idea too Research is fun but getting as much out of it is even better Do you have a writing routine I try to keep normal office hours so I m at my desk sometime after 8 30am until about 6pm unless I m out walking for Country Walking or BBC Countryfile magazine However deadlines influence which projects take priority during the day If I m not out walking for one of the magazines I make a point of going for a two mile walk at some point during the day to stretch my legs usually when it s not raining Walking time is great thinking time too How important is reading to you It s vital I m currently reading Hunter Davies biography of William Wordsworth for a book idea I have And I m reading the seventh book in Phil Rickman s Merrily Watkins series of novels set in my local area of the Welsh Borders In between those I m reading other magazines for market analysis purposes and soon I m going to be judging a couple of short story competitions Do you have a favourite author or book Why At the moment my favourite author is Phil Rickman The first of his Merrily Watkins novels has just been adapted for ITV As a reader I like his use of the local landscape in his books As a writer I admire his ability to italicise exactly the right word for maximum impact What piece of advice would you give to aspiring authors Three words read write submit You have to read other people s work You learn so much that way You have to write Lots It s the only way to find your own writing voice And you have to submit Too many beginners don t submit their work because they don t want to be rejected That means they re rejecting themselves It s an editor s job to reject but it s also their job to accept You ll never get published if you don t submit To find out more about Simon visit his website www simonwhaley co uk Both Simon and Robin will

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  • Head and Shoulders – Simon Whaley
    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 Head and Shoulders By simonwhaley On 18 May 2015 In Writers Resources Following on from my feature in the June 2015 issue of Writers Forum about how to take an author photo one of the biggest moans publishers and magazines have is that author photos are not of a high enough resolution Ideally author photos need to be high resolution images For a little explanation about how to check whether your photo is good enough download my free information sheet here Head and Shoulders Because We re Worth It And if you didn t see it here s what the Writers Forum feature looked like scary huh 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 Previous Ragleth Hill Next Brown Clee Hill 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

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