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1000 followers – a special thank you present from me

Today I reached a milestone for this blog – 1000 followers!  I’m so pleased to have reached such a wide audience.  I’ve also been loving hearing the recent success stories some of you have been having with your manuscripts – some mentioned on this blog already, others to come over the next few months.  We all know what a difficult and frustrating journey it can be, and to hear that publishers are still keen to accept new authors is heartwarming indeed.

1000 followers giveawayTo celebrate I’d like to offer you a present.  We all know how hard it is to get a second opinion on your work.  Scrub that – an honest and useful second opinion.  Family are lovely but will always say it’s ‘good’, even if you give them a pencil and ask them to scrub out whole chapters.  Some writers swear by having a ‘beta reader’ – someone to go through an early draft and give them a useful critique before they start submitting.  I have recently started doing this with two other playwrights for the short plays I’m working on and I feel it has improved my work hugely, as well as decreasing the sense of writing ‘in a vacuum’.  You can find willing beta readers in writers’ groups, online forums, social media groups, or sites where you post work up for others to critique and repay them the favour, such as Authonomy.

Or – as a thank you for being such a lovely follower – you can simply post a comment below and I will pick one out of a hat for a free writer-to-writer critique.  (A nice, encouraging one, not a tearing-you-to-shreds one, delivered in confidence by email, not published on the blog.)

It could be for a work in progress, something you are preparing for submission, or something you are already sending out but would like some feedback on from a fellow author.  All I ask is that it’s under 50,000 words.  For very short works like picture books I’d be happy to look at three.

Feel free to talk about your manuscript in your comment, or if you want to play your cards close to your chest then that’s fine as well, just make a remark so I know you’re in the draw.  After a month I will print out this page, cut the comments into strips, put them in a hat and ask one of my children to pull one out, then the winner can email me their work.

Good luck and I look forward to reading your manuscript!

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Please fill out my blogging questionnaire!

I am writing an ebook about blogging for writers – and I need your help.  I’ve put together a questionnaire to find out more about what sort of blogs people write, how often they post, how they feel about their blogging platform, etc.  If you have a few minutes to spare I’d love you to fill one out and email it to me.  All the questions are optional and you can write as much or as little as you like.

Five questionnaires will be picked at random to receive a free copy of the ebook (provisionally entitled Better Blogging for Writers) when it is finished.  I’ll also include links to any blogs I discuss.  Click on the link or the picture to download the questionnaire.  Many thanks and I look forward to reading all about your blog!

Download Blogging Questionnaire

blogging questionnaire

Blogging for Beginners courses

I will be running some Blogging for Beginners courses for Luton Adult Learning in the next few weeks.  Each course is a one-off workshop and the first one is on Saturday 9 March 10am-3pm in Luton, Bedfordshire.  The workshop will cover all the basics you need to start blogging, including setting up a free WordPress blog, creating content to attract readers, assigning categories and tags so your posts will be picked up in search engines, managing comments and design.  By the end of the day you will have an attractive, content-rich blog to be proud of!  Ideal for people who want to start blogging to promote their own small business, share a hobby or as a creative writing venture.  The cost for the day is £54 and includes a free USB stick – but bring your own lunch!

Please spread the word or, if you are interested in attending, contact Luton Adult Learning on 01582 490033 to enrol.