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  • Business of Writing – Don’t Avoid The Diversion! – Simon Whaley
    and she posts regularly on her Tales from Baggins Bottom blog www bagginsbottom wordpress com She diversified into proofreading and editing but did so because she was looking at ways in which she could become a better writer I ve always been interested in knowing how I can do the best job possible to help my colleagues says Diane and I ve always asked to do a time swap with them so I know what challenges they face and how I can make their job easier Very early on in my writing career I wanted to move to the other side of the editing desk temporarily for the same reason to see what I could do to make their job easier and so make me the ideal freelance and therefore easy for them to hire As a result of this Diane spent several years as a sub editor for a variety of trade magazines and also did proofreading and editing work for publishers Pen Sword This provided the mainstay of her income but following her recent marriage she s now in a position to change her work priorities Editing and proofreading has formed the bulk of my business because for the first three years I only had me to support myself and I needed guaranteed income in order to pay the bills It was probably 98 of my total business by this time However since meeting Ian he has been very supportive of my own writing work and I m gradually phasing the editing and proofreading down and looking to increase my own writing work again By the end of this year I m hoping it settles into a 50 50 ratio So how has this helped Diane s self improvement While I m smugly correcting silly mistakes in others work I have to swallow that pride when I notice I m doing exactly the same thing So it helps me to better edit and proofread my own work But it s also helped her writing career in other ways too Having that understanding of what an editor has to do and some of the common problems they face means she s now able to apply that knowledge to her own writing One editor said that he could always rely on me to write exactly to brief and he d be able to just drop my work into place without having to do anything about it Because of that whenever he was stuck or someone let him down at the last minute he could always ask me to do something and he knew it would be on time to the right length and everything For many writers the obvious sidelines to consider are proofreading editing or teaching However just because you have word skills to draw upon that doesn t mean all of these sidelines are right for you Like Sue Johnson Diane has diversified in the past and taught creative writing both in the adult education sector and for

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  • Business of Writing – Free Words? – Simon Whaley
    is Business Always think about the business aspect There s a vast difference between living the dream of being a writer and trying to earn a living as a writer If you re not being paid ask yourself whether anyone else in the publication chain is If they are then think again before allowing your work to be used without payment Sally recommends new writers take this approach If it is a commercial publication and carries advertisements and or a cover price then I would advise not writing for free The editor is in it to make a profit and he should not do it at the expense of writers Essentially magazines carry two types of pages editorial and advertising Editorial pages are an expenditure because writers are paid for producing content whereas advertising pages are an income stream because advertisers pay to have their adverts in the magazine A profitable magazine is one that earns more from its advertising pages than it spends on its editorial pages Profitability can be improved by increasing a publication s circulation figures because the bigger the readership the more the publication can charge advertisers for placing adverts within its pages Some unscrupulous publications attempt to increase profitability by stripping out as many costs as possible including writers fees However as Nick Daws says reputable magazines newspapers and online publications generally still pay a fair fee for quality writing You should therefore expect to be paid for your writing Profile building A determination to create a portfolio of published work is often what drives new writers to consider writing for free Being published becomes the reward in itself because many believe that this will lead to more work This is always difficult Sometimes having a piece published can give new writers confidence It gives them the belief or self assurance they need to pitch an idea to another editor at another publication because they can finish off their pitch with the phrase my work has appeared in XYZ magazine And that editor won t know that the writer wasn t paid for their piece in XYZ magazine But if more and more writers are willing to write for free it devalues the work for every writer including the professionals Content buyers become used to not paying for material But that doesn t mean getting paid something is necessarily better than not being paid at all Being paid properly is what is important There are lots of opportunities online says Nick to get paid peanuts or nothing at all writing for the so called content mills for example If you are serious about building a career as a professional writer you need to avoid getting drawn into this kind of work Not only is the pay if any abysmal having your work appear on such websites may hinder rather than help your future writing career Remain Business like If an editor wants to publish your material but is unable to offer payment don t launch

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  • Writing Magazine – The Business of Writing – Software Solutions – Simon Whaley
    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 Writing Magazine The Business of Writing Software Solutions By simonwhaley On 7 September 2014 In Writers Resources BoW Software Solution Writing Magazine Oct 2014 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 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 Morville Next Burway Books 40th Birthday Bash 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

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  • Writing Magazine – The Business of Writing – Rights – Simon Whaley
    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 Writing Magazine The Business of Writing Rights By simonwhaley On 16 June 2014 In Features Know Your Rights Writing Magazine July 2014 My latest article in the Business of Writing series has just been published in Writing Magazine Know Your rights looks at the various rights writers need to consider offering retaining when submitting their work to editors For more information about Writing magazine visit www writers online co uk 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 Bishop s Wood Next Writer s Wheel Issue 2 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

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  • Writing Magazine – Business of Writing Series continues – Simon Whaley
    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 Writing Magazine Business of Writing Series continues By simonwhaley On 2 May 2014 In NEWS The June issue of Writing Magazine is out now containing the latest in the series of articles I ve written for them about the Business of Writing Read about the laws that writers have to abide by as well as the ones that are there to protect us For more information about Writing magazine check out www writers online co uk 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 Plodding Around Pontesbury Next The Icing On The Cake 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

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  • Writing Magazine – Page 2 – Simon Whaley
    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 Tag Writing Magazine Page 2 of 2 New Series in Writing Magazine By simonwhaley On 12 March 2014 In NEWS The Business of Writing my new series of articles on the business of writing has just started in the latest issue of Writing magazine April 2014 out now 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 Left Brain Right Brain By simonwhaley On 28 March 2013 In Features Writing magazine Are you a left brain writer or a right brain writer 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 Page 2 of 2 Previous 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

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  • Features – Page 3 – Simon Whaley
    in 1925 it was known as Aber Iâ He wanted a more romantic name and decided that he could draw upon it s coastal location which had the air of a port about it and use the Welsh name of the county in which is was located Merioneth hence Portmeirion His architectural concept of creating a coastal village had begun a concept that would take 51 years to evolve Although he made plans for his village which appeared in The Architects Journal in 1926 it s construction was an evolutionary process for his plans did not include the finds he would make amongst COUNTRY LIFE s pages in the years ahead 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 Writer s Wheel Article Course You Can By simonwhaley On 21 January 2015 In Features Free Downloads Writers Resources My latest article for Writer s Wheel the online magazine for writers is entitled Course You Can and looks at how to make the most from a residential writing workshop You can download a free PDF version here Course You Can Writers Wheel Winter 2014 5 For more information about Writer s Wheel click here 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 Atomic Ice By simonwhaley On 20 January 2015 In The Slow Journeyman Atomic Ice Slow Journey County Cumbria Slow Journey Destination Claife Heights Slow Journey Distance Travelled 0 Steps My immediate thought was of radioactivity It was a series of unmistakable clicks But where from Standing on Claife Heights overlooking Beatrix Potter s favourite tarn Moss Eccles I was puzzled by this noise The air was still the tarn s waters reflective and a cold wintry sun sat low on the horizon as if still trying to warm itself up let alone anything else 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 Spiralling Closer To Heaven By simonwhaley On 14 November 2014 In Features The Slow Journeyman Slow Journey County Shropshire Slow Journey Destination St Laurence s Church Ludlow Slow Journey Distance Travelled 132 feet about 200 steps I m not a deeply religious person but climbing to the top of a church tower and surveying the surrounding parish landscape offers a God like perspective of

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  • Pages of Influence – Simon Whaley
    the Puleston family ancestral home for several centuries until a fire in 1904 This impressive three storey building dated back to 1600 with additions in 1727 and boasted a 168 feet long moat that was also 37 feet wide It was particularly noted for its late seventeenth and early eighteenth century elaborately designed plaster ceilings Over twenty five years earlier an issue of COUNTRY LIFE dated 19th February 1910 carried a ten page feature on the hall s fine features Clough wrote in his book Portmeirion The Place and Its Meaning how he tried to galvanise the National Trust and the Victoria and Albert Museum into saving it or its contents but neither were in a position to help So I felt I must instantly do something about it myself he wrote He packed a bag and travelled by train to Flintshire arriving just as the sale was starting So far as the ballroom section was concerned Clough wrote the ceiling came up first and there being next to no bidding for so awkward and speculative a lot it was knocked down to me for a derisory thirteen pounds With one successful purchase concluded Clough felt he had no choice but to continue But then of course I had to buy all the rest of the room at any cost the old leaded glass in its mullioned windows its fire grate its oak cornices and architraves the lot And committed that far it was but prudent to buy a great deal more of the old house wherewith to contrive an apt new building in which to embed my reconstructed ballroom The Town Hall became that apt new building with Clough successfully using the two large mullion windows and the ballroom fixtures and he even took the three starred coat of arms that once hung above the main entrance to Emrall Hall and placed that above the main entrance to the Town Hall Clough sometimes referred to the Town Hall as Hercules Hall because on the path leading from the Town Hall across one side of the Piazza towards the Pantheon there is poised near Portmeirion s Band Stand a statue of Hercules Created by Scottish sculptor William Brodie in the mid 19th century Clough knew he had to have it when he saw it in the pages of COUNTRY LIFE From the photo in the magazine he drew a copy and successfully used that to track down the statue in 1960 in Aberdeen With the sale agreed Clough drove it all the way back from the Scotland s granite city to Portmeirion on the back of a pick up While COUNTRY LIFE has helped mould Portmeirion into the place it is today the magazine also enabled Clough to solve a crime A few steps up the hill from the Town Hall is a property called Neptune Clough acquired a National Benzole petrol pump and as part of his typical Cloughing up process he adorned the top of it with a

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