Be A Writer – Part Four: Copy Rights | suecowley

When your book gets accepted for publication, you will be sent a contract to sign. It’s likely that you will want to sign on the dotted line as quick as you can and send it straight back, just in case the person who offered to publish your book changes their mind. But it’s at this stage that you really should start to get to grips with the complex world of rights that surrounds written material. I’m no legal expert, so my best advice is for you to join the Society of Authors and use their free contract reading service. However, I do have some advice that I have picked up from 20 years of…

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Be A Writer – Part Four: Copy Rights | suecowley

When your book gets accepted for publication, you will be sent a contract to sign. It’s likely that you will want to sign on the dotted line as quick as you can and send it straight back, just in case the person who offered to publish your book changes their mind. But it’s at this stage that you really should start to get to grips with the complex world of rights that surrounds written material. I’m no legal expert, so my best advice is for you to join the Society of Authors and use their free contract reading service. However, I do have some advice that I have picked up from 20 years of…

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Be A Writer – Part Three: Publish or Be Damned | suecowley

Once you’ve decided that you are going to be a writer, and you’ve got your idea past the “is this actually going to be useful/interesting/inspiring to my audience?” test, it is time to try and get your words into print. In the Olden Days (about ten years ago) you could only really do this if you published via a traditional publisher, or if you paid money for someone to publish it. These days self publishing is not only an option, it is free. Self publishing is not particularly difficult, especially if you are reasonably adept with computers. However, if you’ve never published anything before…

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Be A Writer – Part Three: Publish or Be Damned | suecowley

Once you’ve decided that you are going to be a writer, and you’ve got your idea past the “is this actually going to be useful/interesting/inspiring to my audience?” test, it is time to try and get your words into print. In the Olden Days (about ten years ago) you could only really do this if you published via a traditional publisher, or if you paid money for someone to publish it. These days self publishing is not only an option, it is free. Self publishing is not particularly difficult, especially if you are reasonably adept with computers. However, if you’ve never published anything before…

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Be A Writer – Part Two: Ideas and Audiences | suecowley

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet,
then you must write it.”

Toni Morrison
There are all sorts of motivations for writing a book. Maybe you want to share your ideas with the world, because you think that they’d be helpful or inspiring to other people. Perhaps you love the thought of being a ‘published author’ and seeing your book on a shelf. Or maybe you spotted a gap in the books that were out there already and you had the idea that you might be the person to fill it. Perhaps it’s all three. Or none of the above. It would be hard to deny that there’s…

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Be A Writer – Part Two: Ideas and Audiences | suecowley

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet,
then you must write it.”

Toni Morrison
There are all sorts of motivations for writing a book. Maybe you want to share your ideas with the world, because you think that they’d be helpful or inspiring to other people. Perhaps you love the thought of being a ‘published author’ and seeing your book on a shelf. Or maybe you spotted a gap in the books that were out there already and you had the idea that you might be the person to fill it. Perhaps it’s all three. Or none of the above. It would be hard to deny that there’s…

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Be A Writer – Part One: Ten Home Truths | suecowley

“There is nothing to writing.
All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

Ernest Hemingway
I’ve been meaning to blog on writing for a while, because it’s something I get asked about a lot, via email and also on Twitter. In this new blog series I’m going to take you step by step through what you need to do to be an author, to publish books and articles, and to make a living out of your writing. I am eternally grateful that I get to sit down at my desk each day, type words into my keyboard, and people actually pay me to do it. I love writing – I love it so much that I’d do it for free…

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