The only question was whether or not she had the nerve.
The latest issue of Psychologies magazine has a novel writing competition for UK residents, aged over 18, with a £5000 e-book publishing deal – and possibly representation too, by literary agents David Higham Associates– up for grabs, IF (and it’s a big IF) you have a previously-unpublished psychological thriller or crime novel* finished by the closing date of 6th October 2017.
You ‘only’ have to submit the first 5000 words of the novel, plus a 1000-word synopsis by that date but it’s a condition of entry that the novel (75,000 – 130,000 words) is complete when you enter. The longlisted and shortlisted entrants will be required to send in their complete novels.
Have a look at the full details and rules here, if you think you might like to enter.
NB: you need an entry form from the magazine, so you’ll either need to hot-foot it out to…
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Blogs first became popular when I was only a teen. At the time, most of us treated blogs like online journals to openly share mundane activities, or anonymously post our deepest and darkest secrets. Since then, blogs have grown to become much more – whether it’s big corporations handing out advice, or explorers sharing their stories from around the world.
With so many blogs, and so many endless possibilities when you start your own, it’s difficult to know where to start, how to start, who to start with, and how to move forward – and that’s fine. We were all there once.
So here are ten tips for the newbies in the blogging world.
1. Choose your Platform
I use WordPress to host this blog, and stand by it as the best blog hosting platform online. Of course, I haven’t tried them all, but I’ve tried my fair share over the years. Prior…
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Blogging isn’t rocket science, but it can certainly start to feel like it, as you struggle to find the magic formula that takes you from a handful of subscribers to hundreds of thousands. The truth is: there is no magic formula. Building a blog takes a lot of time, effort, creativity, and even capital investment. It doesn’t just become a success overnight.
Even so, there are some awful mistakes many new bloggers make that can turn attracting and keeping followers into an ordeal. If you’re not guilty of these, then you’re likely already on the right track. If not, it might just be time for a change.
There will always be a handful of readers – or more – who disagree with the opinions you put forward on your blog. There will also be trolls who come along looking for anything to disagree with, just for the hell of it.
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