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  • The Positively Productive Writer – Simon Whaley
    Learn To Look On The Bright Side Of Life Twisting Negatives Into Positives The Truth Behind Rejection Reviewing Your Work Start Your Next Project Immediately Booster Cards Achievement Files Brainwashing Luck Motivation Part III Putting It Into Practise Finding The Time To Write Brain Training Writer s Block Doesn t Exist The Write Place Notebooks Generating Ideas Ten foot Steps To Productive Writing Doing A Fagin Lists Quick Wins Networking Workshops Seminars Holidays Confidence Literary Festivals Writing Magazines Part IV A Positive Writer s Year Strategies To Succeed A Positive Writer s Year A Positive Farewell Index Reviews The Positively Productive Writer by Simon Whaley will help change your mood if you are feeling rejected It is positive and practical with sensible advice aimed at inspiring writers to carry on writing Writers Forum magazine Feeling rejected Simon s book will change your mood in a minute A marvellous book positive practical and inspiring every freelance writer should keep a copy on their desk If you re ready to give up just reach for this book it re ignites your writing energy effortlessly It worked for me and will work for you Diana Cambridge Writing Magazine Agony Aunt A brilliantly positive book by a brilliantly positive writer Della Galton Writers Forum Agony Aunt Writing is in many ways like any other job You need talent and tenacity to succeed but from time to time you also need a little encouragement to stay positive The Positively Productive Writer offers practical advice to help you harness your confi dence and keep your writing goals in sight Isobel Ashdown Award winning writer Genuinely helpful in encouraging new writers to manage their time well and to believe in themselves Kate Long Bestselling novelist Simon Whaley s advice for writers is sensible practical and inspiring The Positively Productive Writer delivers a well judged kick up the butt for writers everywhere Jane Wenham Jones Novelist and Columnist After reading Simon s book I thought I might feel a bit more positive as an author What I actually felt was an overwhelming motivation to sit at my laptop and write write write He s totally changed my thoughts on rejection and I love the section on daily brainwashing I don t think I ll ever get in my own way again Heather Bestel owner of A little Bit of Me Time Simon Whaley s latest book THE POSITIVELY PRODUCTIVE WRITER will delight any rejection weary scribe It encapsulates all there is to say about how you can improve your writing skills in a very positive manner We ve long been asserting that positive thought works Simon explains exactly how to use it to achieve your writing dreams Buy this book We wish we d written it Cass and Janie Jackson Flair for Words This is a positively helpful book on a number of counts Beginner or novice writers will find a mine of motivational tips and anecdotes to spur them on not only to dip their toe in

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  • Photography for Writers – Simon Whaley
    Library Creating a Manageable Filing System Cataloguing Software Understanding Metadata and Keywording Basic Image Processing Image Manipulation Backing Up Your Photos Chapter 6 Magazines Letters Fillers Identifying the Opportunities for Writer Photographers Analysing Images used by a Magazine Front Cover Images Using Images to Secure a Commission Using Someone Else s Photographs Linking your Photos to your Article Captions Submitting Your Images Chapter 7 Non Fiction Books Are Photos Really Necessary Planning the Images You Need Think Front Cover Captioning Images for Books List of Illustrations and Indexing Photos Chapter 8 Other Photographic Opportunities Photographic Agencies Tourist Brochures Greetings Cards Calendars Magazine Front Covers Chapter 9 Photography as a Research Tool Photography for Creative Writers Copying Research Material Using Your Photographic Library for Idea Generation The Final Exposure Reviews If you ever doubted your ability to take publishable pictures this book will boost your confidence and change your mind Photography for Writers covers all the basics in simple language peppered by Simon s usual touch of humour A must for all writers keen to please editors and increase their income Solange Hando Travel Writer It s given me confidence to go out and play with my camera and approach editors with articles I wouldn t have done before Now my compact camera is next to my notebook at all times I snap away then go back with a meatier camera if needed Christine Muir Writer This book gives great advice for the writer who also wishes to illustrate their articles with photographs These days photos are usually required by editors when submitting an article so it makes sense to be able to supply them The book is written in Simon Whaley s usual clear and friendly style and the price is very reasonable Rosemary B Amazon Review When I started writing for a living I quickly learnt how much editors value good photographs Within a year I d got myself onto a course and invested in a decent camera This book looks at different ways of using photography to enhance your writing It starts at the very beginning looking at opportunities for photographic fillers in magazines Then it takes you through ideas for more aspirational photography to accompany your writing S Kearley Amazon Review Simon Whaley offers good advice that is both clear and concise The examples he uses to explain differences in aperture and shutter speed are simple and easily understood His discussions regarding megapixels and the impact they have on photo quality in the context of magazine publication were informative and useful Simon outlines the opportunities photography provides for writers and there is much I would not have otherwise thought about This is a short book that has much to say I would recommend it to any writer Gayle Beveridge Writer I often write letters to magazines but never thought to include photos with them Now I have bought magazines with the intention to find fillers to write that I can send with photos It reminded me of

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  • Running A Writers’ Circle – Simon Whaley
    Ignotus Press in 2005 Priced 9 99 ISBN 9781903768259 After 4 years of trying to run Wrekin Writers here s how it should have been done Don t make the mistakes that I did NOTE Running A Writers Circle is now out of print I can recommend Julie Phillips book The Writers Group Handbook Buy from my local independent bookshop Find your nearest independent bookshop Buy an eBook from an independent bookshop Contents Chapter 1 Starting From Scratch Chapter 2 Administration Chapter 3 Chairing A Meeting Chapter 4 Structures of Meetings Chapter 5 Competitions Chapter 6 Creating A Website Chapter 7 Arranging Retreats Chapter 8 Literary Festivals Chapter 9 And finally Chapter 10 Reference Section Reviews you will find Simon Whaley s book invaluable Writing Magazine The book takes you on a journey through the process of setting up a writers circle from defining the market writing a constitution appointing officers and structuring meetings to liaising with festivals setting up competitions and organizing writers retreats All you need to know is delivered in a logical and comprehensive fashion and the addition of Chairman s Challenges adds a personal and creative touch The book includes a list of useful websites and addresses If you are considering setting up a Writers Circle or want to inject new life into an existing one I strongly recommend this book Raw Edge Magazine 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

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  • Fundraising For A Community Project – Simon Whaley
    simple steps and a simple language It explains horrendous terms like baseline data defrayed expenditure in kind contributions match funding options appraisal and many more Buy from my local independent bookshop Find your nearest independent bookshop Buy an eBook from an independent bookshop Contents 1 You and your project 2 Finding advice and information 3 Looking for funding 4 Application forms 5 What an appraiser is looking for 6 The appraisal process 7 The decision 8 Project implementation 9 Claiming your grant money 10 Project completion Appendices Index Simon Whaley has experience from both sides of the fence as a grant applicant applying for money and also as an Executive Officer for the Rural Development Commission assessing project applications and either recommending them for approval for grant funding or rejecting them He also has 6 years experience of working with community groups the voluntary sector and grant funding agencies and of supporting community projects in achieving their goals He has regularly assisted at workshops and advice fairs to help guide community groups on how to apply for funding Reviews The Bible for Community Grant Applications Jamie Owen BBC Wales This book is brilliant It is most readable gives examples where and how to approach funders What can go wrong what to do etc Funding a community project this an essential book for you Buy this first you may not need any others Pippin Amazon Review A very useful text that guides individuals to help them apply for fund raising grants It also helps people to understand the process involved and write appropriate letters requesting support An excellent guide Dr Stephen Coombes Amazon Review I have three copies of this book now I lend them to friends who are setting up projects that need funding as well as using it for

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  • Ten Teatime Tales – Simon Whaley
    taking time out to read with a relaxing cup of tea or whatever your beverage of choice is Contents 1 Chief Suspect Mickey Mouse Who is the mysterious Mickey Mouse masked robber terrorising bank staff and will Detective Inspector Jane Newman stop them from striking again 2 Blindingly Foggy Looking for a lost dog in the park on a foggy morning isn t easy 3 Potato Waffles and Syrupy Socks A Valentine s Day breakfast with a difference Love works in mysterious ways 4 Jungle Jane Her mean boss was teaching her to be resourceful Jane was a fast learner 5 Open House There seemed to be no end of deceitful people turning up on Patricia s doorstep 6 Basket Bingo Spaghetti pasta sauce and wine According to Jules s Bingo Card Rob was already taken So why was he so interested in the contents of her shopping basket 7 On Her Majesty s Secret Service There are some secrets that should be shared fully and others that shouldn t 8 A Library Full of Murder Reginald Crackenthorpe had been murdered The question was which member of the Lower Fenbury Murder Book Club had killed him 9 The Wedding Crasher Laura hates weddings So does Zac With so many mishaps behind them what could go wrong this time 10 Flower Thief Who s responsible for kidnapping Geoffrey s petunias and why is it upsetting his wife Rose et pb text et pb column et pb row et pb section et pb section fullwidth off specialty off et pb row et pb column type 4 4 et pb text admin label Text background layout light text orientation left Reviews A great way to spend my tea break with this lovely collection of stories All very well written with a great twist that doesn t disappoint the reader Excellent value Diane Perry Amazon Review The stories are nicely quirky and I was disappointed that there weren t more That s my only quibble really If you compare it with a physical book it s good value so I m really being a bit picky If you want a quick read I can recommend it RJW27 Amazon Review Really enjoyable read Ten short stories with a twist Beautifully crafted and cleverly written it is not hard to see why these stories were either accepted by national and international publications or successful in several writing competitions Buy the collection You won t be disappointed Amazon Review Just what you need to read as you settle down with a nice cuppa and some biscuits Perfect for a cold winter night s reading or a Summer s afternoon tea Julie Phillips Amazon 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 Welcome Click

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  • Best Walks in the Welsh Borders – Simon Whaley
    south the Welsh English border offers some of the quietest and most remote walking in Southern Britain There are plenty of reminders of the often turbulent history of the area to beguile the walker Offa s Dyke castles abbeys quiet villages and small towns and the relics of industrial and military activity This book selects 35 of the best walks including ascents of Wenlock Edge and the Sugar Loaf and suggests routes for walkers of all ages and abilities Buy from my local independent bookshop Find your nearest independent bookshop Buy an eBook from an independent bookshop Contents North Border Routes Route 1 Moel Famau near Mold 11 km 6 ¾ miles Route 2 Llangollen 13 km 8 miles Route 3 Bangor is y coed 5 km 3 miles Route 4 Ceiriog Valley 12 km 7 ½ miles Route 5 Ellesmere 10 km 6 ¼ miles Route 6 Pistyll Rhaeadr 9 km 5 ½ miles Route 7 Grinshill 5 km 3 miles Route 8 Lake Vyrnwy 18 5 km 11 ½ miles Route 9 Breidden Hills 5 km 3 miles Mid Border Routes Route 10 The Wrekin 6 km 3 ¾ miles Route 11 Welshpool 6 5 km 4 miles Route 12 Stiperstones 5 km 3 miles Route 13 Montgomery 9 km 5 ½ miles Route 14 Long Mynd 10 5 km 6 ½ miles Route 15 Wenlock Edge 6 km 3 ¾ miles Route 16 Brown Clee Hill 10 km 6 ¼ miles Route 17 Bishop s Castle 11 5 km 7 ¼ miles Route 18 Kerry Ridgeway 11 km 6 ¾ miles Route 19 Clun 14 km 8 ¾ miles Route 20 Craven Arms 15 5 km 9 ½ miles Route 21 Knucklas 8 km 5 miles Route 22 Mortimer Forest 16 5 km 10 ¼ miles South Border Routes Route 23 Elan Valley 11 5 km 7 ¼ miles Route 24 Llandrindod Wells 9 5 km 6 miles Route 25 Water Break Its Neck 5 km 3 miles Route 26 Croft Castle 8 5 km 5 ¼ miles Route 27 Hergest Ridge 12 km 7 ½ miles Route 28 Aberedw 12 km 7 ½ miles Route 29 Dinmore Hill 4 5 km 2 ¾ miles Route 30 Dorstone 8 75 km 5 ½ miles Route 31 Hay Bluff 15 5 km 9 ½ miles Route 32 Abbey Dore 7 75 km 4 ¾ miles Route 33 Mordiford 12 5 km 7 ¾ miles Route 34 Sugar Loaf 12 km 7 ½ miles Route 35 Symonds Yat 10 5 km 6 ½ miles A guide of some of the quietest and most remote walking in southern Britain Country Living magazine April 2010 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 0 Comments 1 Pingback Am

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  • The Bluffer’s Guide To Hiking – Simon Whaley
    in today s congested world it s often quicker to leave modern transport methods behind and strike out on Shank s Pony Never ask another hiker for directions Not only does it confirm that you re utterly clueless but for all you know he or she may also be temporarily misplaced You will realise that telling an angry landowner that the sign really should read Trespassers will be sued not Trespassers will be prosecuted is ill advised especially if he is pointing a shotgun at you When your granny told you to put a jumper on because you were cold and she was too mean to put another lump of coal on the fire she was actually training you to be a hiker A hiker always has four season walking boots crampons a survival bag and a two week supply of dried food and that s just when going to collect the morning newspaper If you re eating remember that real hikers never have starters unless they classify the first three rounds as starters Reviews A hearty well done on the Bluffer s Guide to Hiking a cracking read Love the tip about saying a cheery Good Morning to give the impression you ve totally lost track of time Nick Hallisey Country Walking magazine A humorous insight into the world of hiking with a rucsac full of gems and handy hints Lakeland Walker magazine Simon Whaley who is genuinely knowledgeable about the subject manfully tries to balance useful information with the funny bits Fortunately he has a wry sense of humour and if the combination is a little strained at times he clearly feels the need to impart proper guidance on being careful and safe on the whole he brings it off quite well Walkingworld com Amazon sales data on 23rd December 2015 Simon Whaley s Bluffer s Guide pokes gentle fun at the hautiness of some walkers and offers pithy advice on how even the most lax of hikers can hold their own when mixing with those craggy men of the mountains Scotland Outdoors magazine Great little book Very quick and easy to read and parts of it are oh so true The chapter about outdoors shops really hit the nail on the head every time I go to one of those shops I just quietly smile to myself as I look at the shop assistants doing exactly what they book says they do Its a quick read but one you may want to pick up again and again Mr Chef Amazon Review The chapter on how to cope in an outdoor gear shop is hilarious Samuel Muston The Independent I read The Bluffer s Guide to Hiking expecting a totally spoof approach lampooning hikers with numerous witticisms and wisecracks and high degrees of ridicule and satire I was not disappointed as the text is delightfully light hearted and full of humour but it is also genuinely informative and it stresses the very real benefits of hiking Excellent advice

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  • 100 Greatest Walks In Britain – Simon Whaley
    Chapter 18 100 Stories For Queensland Photography Greetings Cards Short Stories Read Short Stories Writing Courses Writers Resources Info for Writers Competition Judging Links 100 Greatest Walks In Britain 100 Greatest Walks in Britain Published by David Charles in 2010 Loose Leaf Ringbinder publication ISBN 978 0715337752 RRP 14 99 These 100 greatest walks in Britain have been chosen by Country Walking magazine Britain s bestselling walking journal and contain all the information you need to enjoy hiking in the very best of Britain s countryside Each walk is printed on amazing waterproof and tear proof paper and bound in a loose leaf ring binder so it can be used again and again and taken out in all weathers Split into regional sections each walk guide contains a map a detailed route guide and invaluable information on how to get there where to park how long and arduous each walk is where you will be able to find refreshments and information on public transport I contributed Route 5 Ironbridge first appeared in Country Walking magazine Buy from my local independent bookshop Find your nearest independent bookshop Buy an eBook from an independent bookshop 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

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