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Writers' Groups - Are They Any Good?

Writing advice

Before I became a mother, I vowed I would never join a mother and baby group.  Before I had twins, I vowed I would never join a twins and multiple births group. Before I set out to become a published writer, I vowed I would never join a writers’ group.

Guess what?  I joined all three.

It’s not that I couldn’t manage on my own. I consider myself to be self-sufficient, self-disciplined and rigorously independent. Yet, there have been undeniable benefits to joining all these groups. Here are some.


Only mothers of twins know how annoying it is when, oblivious to your bedraggled appearance and bloodshot eyes, someone says, ‘Oooh, I always wanted twins.’  Only writers know how annoying it is when, oblivious to your bedraggled appearance and bloodshot eyes, someone says, ‘Oooh I always wanted to write a book.’ It’s good to meet up with people who truly understand your experiences, with whom you can enjoy a good moan and …

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New Year's Writing Resolutions for 2015 & Every Year Thereafter


I am terrible at keeping New Year's resolutions – awful, in fact. You’ve probably seen me, lumbering by your house every morning from New Year’s Day until January 8th, wearing brand new running shoes and a pained expression, breathlessly muttering “I think I might be about to keel over”. You won’t see me after that, though, and that’s because by then, the only place I can be found is lying horizontally on the sofa, while my new jogging shoes get transformed into upcycled plant pots for the porch. But last year, there was an exception to my failed list of resolutions. Just one, but it was the one that I was sure was harder than all of my goals put together. Last year, out of the eight New Year’s resolutions I scrawled down in the front of my diary – along with save money (ha!) and of course, jog three times per week (double ha!) – was “finish my novel, once and for all, no matter what”, and it was the one resolution I saw through to the end.

So, as I sit down, …

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Copyright & IP – Friend or Foe?

Writing advice

I need to be careful what I say and exactly how I say it, but copyright is everywhere. A quick search on the news section on Google (other search engines are available) shows ‘about’ 194,000,000 results - quite some number. Headlines, currently on the first page of the search, range from musicians threatening to sue to digital copyright issues affecting car modifications. And small businesses complaining about a lack of transparency from copyright collection societies to the curious case of the Sherlock Holmes copyright saga after the US Supreme Court refused an appeal.

For authors, copyright and intellectual property (IP) can be scary words. But these are words that really matter, no matter how fearful you might be of them, especially with the emergence of digital media and the way information is retrieved.

It may sound very dry, but if you’re a self-published author you need to fully understand all facets of your IP, including copyright. This will …

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Merry Christmas from Writers & Artists

Christmas giveaway

It’s our favourite time of year at Writers & Artists, and we think it’s about time we started celebrating! With less than a month to go until the big day, we wanted to do something to say thank you for all your support over the past year.

We’ve been steadily building up our writing community, both on (not to mention on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest), and we’ve loved hearing about your writing projects and helping you with any questions you might have had.

So, by way of encouraging you to keep sharing your writing, we're delighted to offer a 10% discount on all editorial services booked during the month of December and January, using discount code 'EDITORIAL10'. Whether you have a completed first draft you would like an experienced editor to take a look at, or you have the beginnings of an idea you would like to chat to an agent about, we can help.

We're not stopping there, though. From Friday 12th to Tuesday 23rd December, we're giving …

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Five Unusual Ways to Market your Book Inspired by the Film Industry


At CompletelyNovel, we’ve found that the question ‘How can I cut through the book marketing noise?’ is making an increasingly regular appearance in our inbox. It’s a common author frustration and has led us to ponder the ways in which indie authors can use their creativity to be memorable and stand out from the crowd. Sometimes the best inspiration can come from looking outside your particular field, so we’ve done some research and found some great marketing ideas from the film industry to help get your creative juices flowing.

1. Create a website for your book

Marketing campaigns accompanying Wes Anderson’s films are legendary. For his latest feature, ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ (2014) which takes place in the imaginary country called Zubrowka, Anderson’s marketing team created a website ‘Akademie Zubrowka’. The website offers lectures and courses in the history of Zubrowka. It is a great way to take the fans on a journey even after the film has finished. If your …

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