BRIDGET WHELAN writer

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Reminder for Children’s authors: a major literary agency wants to see your manuscript

TOMORROW!! Check out last week’s post about United Agents Open House policy throughout August. Tomorrow  is the day for children’s authors.

July 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

What good writing is all about – E.L.Doctorow QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader – not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon. E. L. Doctorow

July 31, 2016 · 2 Comments

Major UK publisher wants to support new writers from under-represented communities

Penguin Random House UK – yep, when I said major I meant major – wants to find, mentor, and hopefully  publish new writers from communities that are under-represented on the … Continue reading

July 30, 2016 · 5 Comments

Jobs for Writers

POET(S) IN RESIDENCE – Lake District The Wordsworth Trust are funding a series of month-long residencies between September 2016 and March 2017 They are looking for exceptional poets under 35 … Continue reading

July 25, 2016 · 3 Comments

“The book is constructed as a conversation…” E.L. Doctorow Quotes for Writers ( and people who like quotes)

When you’re writing a book, you don’t really think about it critically. You don’t want to know too well what you’re doing. First, you write the book, then you find … Continue reading

July 24, 2016 · 2 Comments

August could be a special month for Writers waiting to be discovered

United Agents – the leading European  literary and talent agency – have annouced Open House for writers throughout August. That means they are inviting novelists to submit a synopsis and … Continue reading

July 22, 2016 · 12 Comments

Jobs for Writers

SCRIPTWRITER – Digital Marketing Bolton, UK 12 month contract: the scriptwriter will be working on 3D animated product videos , up to ten per day. Requirements Quirky and orginal writing … Continue reading

July 18, 2016 · 1 Comment

The way your brain works at night is different to any other time, says novelist Erin Morgenstern QUOTES FOR WRITERS

I like to call it night-time brain: the way your mind seems to function on a different frequency than it does during daylight hours – which can be good or … Continue reading

July 17, 2016 · 3 Comments

International Poetry competition – one of the biggest and best

One of the world’s biggest and most prestigious poetry contests, the National Poetry Competition is now open for previously unpublished poems of up to 40 lines on any subject. (Publication … Continue reading

July 16, 2016 · 9 Comments

Self-publishing news: print books will be sold in 640 American book shops

Barnes & Noble, America’s biggest bookshop chain, has annouced that it will now give self-published authors the opportunity to have their books in their stores. Authors will also be able … Continue reading

July 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

How to Write a Covering Letter to an Agent or Publisher

Writing a decent covering letter – or query letter as they are known in America – is one of the hardest things a new writer has to tackle. Here’s good … Continue reading

July 13, 2016 · 3 Comments

Jobs for Writers

A round up of writing or writing related jobs that have come to my attention – hope it’s helpful. GRADUATE CREATIVE WRITING, SOCIAL MEDIA & CUSTOMER SERVICES EXECUTIVE  – Paid … Continue reading

July 11, 2016 · 3 Comments

Philip Pullman sticks up for Once Upon A Time…QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

We don’t need lists of rights and wrongs, tables of do’s and don’ts: we need books, time, and silence. Thou shalt not is soon forgotten, but Once upon a time … Continue reading

July 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

An international Poetry Competition for young people

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is free to enter and open to poets aged 11-17 from across the world. Poems can be on any theme or length. … Continue reading

July 9, 2016 · 1 Comment