At the January 2014 general meeting we held a short brainstorming session on Author Talks. The general topics were: opportunities, benefits, topics, barriers and practicalities. Below is a mind map of the points we, as a group, came up with at the meeting. You can read the accompanying article expanding on some of those points here (if you are a GCWA member).Read more
Is it just me or does it get harder every year to buy Christmas presents for the kids? When they were little, a quick trip to the junk shop would suffice to fill up the Santa stocking and maybe a big present for under the tree. Now that my boys are teenagers, there is an emailed list with specific instructions on what to buy, including links to the online shops, that totals three times myRead more
The Structural Edit A structural edit is all about the story and how it’s being told. It examines everything about the narrative as a whole and examines which components are working well and which areas could be improved upon or developed further. This can include things like: Plotting, structure and pacing. How does the story move along? Does it build and climax at appropriate moments? Does the story unfold smoothly and seamlessly? Are there anyRead more
Every author should have their own website – even if they haven’t published their first book yet! Your author website is your online business card, your book shop, your blog, your connection with readers, your showcase for publishers, your most important marketing tool and the ‘hub’ of your author platform. And you don’t have to wait until you have published your first book to create your website – start building your author platform now, no matterRead more
Feedback on Phyllis McDuff Workshop
Your workshop on Writing Memoirs was not only inspirational but also practical, with many down-to-earth tips for organising material and writing an effective, readable and marketable autobiography.
You gave us a simple method to select the most exciting parts of our lives and organise them into a manageable whole.
Your presentation style was easy to listen to, easy to follow and easy to understand, and you gave us time to ask questions that you answered fully. You also set an example in how to present a book to an audience, both in your manner of speaking and your personal presentation. I have taken away much from your workshop that I will be able to apply in my future writing and publishing.
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