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Be part of the story: how crowdfunding is revolutionising writing

Crowd-funding

There is no denying the impact the internet has had on our professional and private lives; entire industries have been forced to rethink the way in which they do business, and publishing is no exception. Back in the day, writing used to be a solitary exercise. Writers would retreat to a cabin in the woods somewhere, taking only their typewriter with them, and stay there until the job was done and their book was complete.


Not so today. With the advent of the internet and the proliferation of social media, you are never alone. This makes for a whole new creative process, but also a new way in which writers can fund their writing and make a living from their talent.


How publishing lost its way

The internet offered aspiring writers the opportunity to surpass the gatekeepers – to make their content available online to an audience of millions – but many of the important traditional processes were forgotten along the way. Processes such as editing, proofreading and cover design.

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Poetry Writing Tips from The London Magazine

The London Magazine


We put together some of our best writing tips and techniques. Whether you're an established writer or making your first foray into the world of poetry - we like to think these will be helpful to all poets. 

To write effective poetry you have to read loads of poems. Read contemporary poetry as well as poems from the great historic slipstream of verse. However, do not try to approximate the poetic forms and concerns of bygone epochs. Immerse yourself in the ways that contemporary poets are framing their work in terms of structure.  

Indeed, think of the word framing when you come to write. Think of the poem more as an assembly of language on the blank space of the page. It is up to you how and where you place your words. A collection of poems is like an exhibition of paintings set against the white walls of a gallery.

Writing poetry is always an exercise in the ultra-specificities of language. Abstraction and opacity are the enemies of good poetry. …

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Multiple Submissions - A Writer's View

Writing advice

Multiple submissions. Traditionally, agents don’t like them. But nowadays, most accept that aspiring writers make a practice of them. In all honesty, it’s unreasonable to expect otherwise. Given the sheer volume of submissions agents receive, it’s impossible for them to implement a quick turnaround. And given the number of rejections I, as a writer, am likely to receive on my journey towards representation, it could hold me back years if I waited for each submission to be considered one at a time. Multiple submissions it is, then, though I will always out of courtesy let an agent know I’m submitting elsewhere.

How many, exactly, constitutes multiple? Some people advocate playing the numbers game, believing that the largest outlay will bring in the greatest return. It isn’t uncommon for writers to submit to twenty agents at a time. (One writer I met recently had a business idea for block mailing query letters on behalf of aspiring authors to agents around the …

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My journey through the realm of self-publishing

Jonathan Taylor

I’d written my debut novel whilst going through treatment for cancer, which I was diagnosed with in 2012.  The idea, which came whilst on a family holiday to Florida back in 2010, had started to gather dust deep within an app on my iPad. This was the time! I thought. I’d read all the success stories of self-published authors and thought, Right that’s the way I’m going to go. How hard can it be?

While finishing the novel was quite a challenge, it turned out to only be the beginning when self-publishing. What do you do when you have finally completed that amazing journey of writing your book?


Formatting (ebook)

I knew I was going to self-publish it on the Amazon platform KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) but I needed to learn how. I started looking into how it all worked by watching YouTube clips and reading lots of different articles about how to self-publish. You can search for almost anything on these topics and there’s some great advice out there (be …

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The Lies I Tell Myself As A Writer

I was on a packed tube one sweaty Saturday, when a woman beside me said to her friend, ‘I worked on my novel yesterday. About three thousand words...’ 

‘Oh, cool,’ he said. 

‘Not sure about that,’ she laughed. ‘I read it back this morning and it’s rubbish. I should’ve gone out with you instead.’ 

I can’t tell you how much that comforted me as a writer, who was at the time in a creative slump, convinced I’d never write anything worth reading again and no other writer knew such frustration. Without knowing, without meaning to, the stranger in the tube carriage put my mind at ease; her words were like a nonexistent nod that said, ‘We are all the same.’ 

There’s something to be said for knowing you aren’t the only one, that ‘it happens to the best of us’, that most writers – perhaps even every writer – has that little voice inside their head that enjoys talking them out of writing and away from their desk, talking their pen away from …

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