September opportunities for writers

Bridget Whelan has put together another of her lists of opportunities for writers. This time there are several jobs, as well as some competitions, so it is well worth a look.

But do it today: September is half gone already!

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How to print a personalized copy of a self-published book

Now I haven’t seen this idea before.

If you use IngramSpark, you can print a personalised copy of your book.

Find out how, and why you might want to do it, in this post.

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A round up of book marketing

Here are some posts that have caught my eye this week:

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How to stay motivated with your writing

We all need this from time to time.

How to keep motivated with your writing.

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How an author should organise their wardrobe

I have to admit that this is something that hadn’t occurred to me.

I know that businesses these days need to think about a consistent brand. And an author is a business, whether you like it or not.

And I know that when you are busy, it is a good idea to get your clothes organised.

Putting those two ideas together, you get this post about how to organise your author uniform.

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A play competition and a title generator

What a combination!

Here are a couple of gems from Bridget Whelan:

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Join in with #wordswhereyouare

From a bench in Hull covered in local expressions

This is an interesting one.

The OED are asking for help to identify and record the words, phrases, and expressions particular to where you live or where you are from.

Which should be interesting? I remember when I was at University, most of us were away from home for the first time, and there were some minor communication problems. We all assumed that we would use the same language as other English speakers who had come through the same education system, and studied for the same English exams.

People from Liverpool, the North East of England, and Scotland seemed to have a hard time, although it was worst for those who were the only one from their area. One girl from rural Gloucestershire got really cross as we failed to understand her perfectly ordinary request: “Will you stop keep doing that, please?” English students carefully explained that she shouldn’t have “stop” and “keep” in the same sentence like that. Which did she want? And of course, that made her much more cross.

It isn’t going to be an easy task. Some of these spoken expressions are written down so infrequently that spelling might not be standardised.

Round here in East Yorkshire, there is a local word for sea mist. At first, people kindly corrected my pronunciation. unfortunately, I can’t manage to copy them. So I asked how to spell the word. Nobody can tell me. So now, I say sea mist, they laugh, and we move on.

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How to stand out from the crowd

If you want to submit your work to a literary magazine,  you will know that you are only one of thousands of writers who are submitting work.

Depressing, isn’t it?

Here is some advice about how to stand out from the crowd.

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Book marketing

Here are a collection of posts about book marketing:

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How the oceans got their names

Here is some interesting background to how the oceans got their names.

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