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October 28, 2013

Giving Up On A Book

Sally Jenkins gives up on a book after reading half of it.

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October 21, 2013

The Library Of Birmingham

Sally Jenkins is very impressed by the modern, hi-tech new Library of Birmingham.-

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October 07, 2013

First World War Centenary

Sally Jenkins alerts writers to the forthcoming centenary of the start of the First World War.

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September 30, 2013

Karen's Story

Sally Jenkins launches the second instalment in The Museum of Fractured Lives series.

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September 23, 2013

Success - And A Good Review

Sally Jenkins has won a major literary competition prize - for the second time!

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September 16, 2013


Sally Jenkins tells of a way to earn $100.

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September 09, 2013

CheerReader Competition

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September 02, 2013

Reviews – Is This Ethical?

...how would I feel if anyone discovered that I had written some of my own reviews?...

Sally Jenkins takes an ethical decision.

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August 26, 2013

Readers' Favourite Review

Sally Jenkins's book A Writer On Writing - Advice To Make You A Success has received a five-star review.

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August 12, 2013

Are UK Maternity Rights Fair?

"Are easier domestic and childcare arrangements part of the attraction of being a full-time writer?'' asks Sally Jenkins.

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August 05, 2013

Fiction Addiction - Two Years On

Sally Jenkins highlights a support group for women writers/

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July 29, 2013

Maxine’s Story

Sally Jenkins has just launched another book, the first in a series entitled The Museum Of Fractured Lives - and here's what a professional critic thought of it: “A thoroughly compelling read, which flows effectively from start to finish. I don’t see how you could improve it.”

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July 22, 2013

Write To Win With Sue Moorcroft

Sally Jenkins hears the best possible advice at a writer's workshop.

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July 15, 2013

Short Story Competition Advice

Sally Jenkins brings sound advice from successful short story writer Ian Pattison.

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July 08, 2013

Amazon’s Kindle Cover Creator

Sally Jenkins designs a cover for her forthcoming book.

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July 01, 2013

First Impressions Critique Service

"I am pleased to announce that the First Impressions Critique Service is now open for business,'' writes Sally Jenkins.

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June 24, 2013


Sally Jenkins recommends a good read.

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June 10, 2013

A Critique From Sally

Sally Jenkins is planning to open a critiquing service, offering a fresh pair of eyes and advice on stories.

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June 03, 2013

Jordanna East And Blood Read Press

"Today I’d like to introduce you to psychological thriller writer, Jordanna East,'' writes Sally Jenkins.

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May 27, 2013

Haiku On Mars

Sally Jenkins tells of an opportunity to send your words to Mars.

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May 20, 2013

KDP Select - Is It Worth It?

Author Sally Jenkins considers the value of enrolling in the Kindle Direct Publishing Select program.

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May 13, 2013

Turning To Crime

Sally Jenkins has been turning an honest hand to crime writing.

To find out more about Sally's books and award-winning stories please click on http://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Day-Me-Award-Winning-ebook/dp/B00B4XCYJC/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1361177650&sr=1-1

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May 06, 2013

Reviewing ‘Indie’ E-books And Goodreads

The best way to support self-published authors is to give them a review.writes Sally Jenkins.

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April 29, 2013

Reviews, Royalties And a Competition

"Take note, e-publishing is not a get rich quick scheme!''says Sally Jenkins.

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April 22, 2013

Further E-Publishing

Sally Jenkins has just published anoher e-book that could be of great help to YOU!

To see and buy Sally's new book - and two moe books she has already e-published - click here http://sallyjenkins.wordpress.com/books/

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April 15, 2013

Writing The Mystery Novel

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April 01, 2013

No One Undestands Me...

...like another writer.

"Everyone knows that writing is a lonely business, a solitary pursuit that is not for those who need other people around them,'' writes Sally Jenkins.

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March 25, 2013

Publishing an E-Anthology – Is It Worth It?

Sally Jenkins finds many benefits from dipping her toe into e-publishing.

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March 18, 2013

Women’s Walking Magazine

"So what do the rest of you do to combat the sedentary life of a writer?'' asks author and columnist Sally Jenkins.

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March 04, 2013

Old Friends – 13 Coffee Break Stories

Author Sally Jenkins has brought out another anthology of her deliciously readable short stories.

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February 25, 2013

Morning Pages

Author Sally Jenkins is experimenting with morning pages.

Sally's book One Day For Me, a collection of eight superb award-winning stories, can be bought from Kindle

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February 18, 2013

One Day For Me – Book Launch Party

Sally Jenkins, whose words appear weekly in Open Writing, has just laucjed her first book - One Day For Me. It contains some of her writing successes from recent years – eight stories that have either won or been shortlisted in UK national writing competitions.

(Open Writing editor's note: Sally's book as a good read. Buy, buy, buy! http://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Day-Me-Award-Winning-ebook/dp/B00B4XCYJC/ref=sr_1_11?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1359016237&sr=1-11)

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February 11, 2013

Getting to Grips with E-Publishing 2

Sally Jenkins brings another report on self-publishing.

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February 04, 2013

A Blogging Competition To Win £1,000

Sally Jenkins tells of an opportunity to win £1,000 by writing about your dream holiday.

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January 28, 2013

Getting To Grips With E-Publishing

Sally Jenkins takes her first steps into e-publishing.

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January 14, 2013

Bits And Pieces

Sally Jenkins brings a clutch of useful hints and suggestions.

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January 07, 2013

Short Story And Flash Fiction Competitions

"Here are a couple of competitions for you to mull over whilst you finish the Quality Streets and prepare for whatever 2013 might bring,'' writes Sally Jenkins.

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December 31, 2012

The Museum Of Broken Relationships

Sally Jenkins reads about a building full of writing prompts for a wealth of relationship stories.

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December 24, 2012

Pride And Prejudice

Sally Jenkins plunges into Pride and Prejudice in preparation for a Writers' News competition.

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December 17, 2012

Christmas Round Robin Letters - And A Competition

"Writing a round robin letter is like trying to have a one-sided conversation in the dark,'' writes Sally Jenkins.

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December 10, 2012

E-Book Erotica - The Way Forward?

Sally Jenkins brings news of the market demand for erotic e-books.

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December 03, 2012

A Bit Of Bronte Luck

Sally Jenkins visits the home of the Bronte sisters.

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November 26, 2012

Celebrating Charlotte – A Writing Competition

Sally Jenkins brings news of a short story competition being run by Hampshire County Council.

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November 12, 2012

Kindle Versus Kobo

Sally Jenkins faces a reading decision.

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November 05, 2012

Crime Writing With Claire McGowan

Sally Jenkins passes on tips from an author on writing crime fiction.

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October 29, 2012

Easy Reads – D.C. Thomson

"If you’ve got something languishing in a bottom drawer – why not get it out and search for a market? If you don’t submit then you’ll never get published. But if you do submit…who knows what might happen!'' writes Sally Jenkins.

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October 22, 2012

Appeal For Short Stories

Sally Jenkins tells of a new device to bring fiction to the eager reader.

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October 15, 2012

Snapshots Of History - Stories From The Past

Sally Jenkins brings news of a magazine which offers prizes for historical short stories.

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October 08, 2012

Letters And Libraries

Sally Jenkins sets herself some writing targets.

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October 01, 2012

Genre Jumping

Sally Jenkins plunges into sci-fi.

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September 24, 2012

Is Your Life Story Worth £10,000?

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September 17, 2012

Sonnet Or Not Competition

Sally Jenkins brings news of two writing competitions.

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September 10, 2012

Lorraine Hellier - Children's Author

"Fellow Midlands-based writer, Lorraine Hellier has asked me to tell you about her latest book. It is the fourth in her children’s Serendipity series and is called The Boy Who Tricked Trolls,'' writes Sally Jenkins.

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September 03, 2012

Writing Prompts From Castleton

Sally Jenkins considers a number of story ideas - and presents a memorable poem.

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August 27, 2012

Win An Afternoon Tea With Clare Balding

Sally Jenkins tells of an opportunity to have tea a the Ritz with sports commentator Claire Balding.

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August 20, 2012

Poetry In Castleton

“'When you write poetry, imagine looking through a small window. Focus on just one aspect of the scene,' advised Alison Riley on a recent ’Poetry Stroll and Write’ which I stumbled upon whilst on holiday in Castleton, in the Peak District.'' writes Sally Jenkins.

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August 13, 2012

Seeking A Short Story Competition

"Eddie Walsh from the sadly defunct Emerald Writing Workshops competitions has refunded entry fees for his competitions that would have closed later in the year. So now I’ve got £3.60 to use as the entry fee in another contest. So I’ve been looking around to see what there is with a £3 to £4 entry fee and discovered the following selection of short story competitions,'' writes Sally Jenkins.

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August 06, 2012

Mincing Your Words

Sally Jenkins has some bad-language advice for writers of historical fiction.

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July 30, 2012

Between The Lines

Sally Jenkins tells of a fruitful mother-daughter writing partnership.

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July 23, 2012

Paranormal Tales

Sally Jenkins tells of a guide to writing paranormal novels.

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July 16, 2012


"No, not the spongy, creamy, totally bad for you kind – CAKE is a project to help unpublished writers get their work in front of the public,'' writes Sally Jenkins.

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July 09, 2012

Unbound Live!

Sally Jenkins spotlights a new way of getting books published.

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June 25, 2012

Postcard Prompts

"When I go away I like to cut all links with ‘reality’ and the fast pace of electronic communication so I send postcards. I like to receive them too,'' writes Sally Jenkins.

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June 18, 2012

Maiden Names And Married Names

"So next time you’re dreaming up a female character think about her marital status and the surname and title she’s chosen to use – it might make you think about her in a whole new way,'' Sally Jenkins advises.

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June 11, 2012

Annie Murray

...I write a half page synopsis for my publisher but then my writing is like driving in the dark. My view forward of what’s going to happen is limited like the distance illuminated by a car’s headlights...

Sally Jenkins hears a surprising confession from a novelist.

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June 04, 2012

What Makes A Good Poem?

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May 21, 2012

Multi-Story Increases Prize Pot

Sally Jenkins brings news of extra prize money on offer in a short story competitioon.

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May 14, 2012

Free Advice For Writers

Sally Jenkins draws attention to books offering advice to writers which are available free on Kindle.

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May 07, 2012

As Soon As You've Finished One Story, Start Another

Sally Jenkins brings news of writing competitions.

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April 30, 2012

The Light Between Oceans

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April 23, 2012

Flash Fiction Day

"The first National Flash Fiction Day will be taking place on May 16th 2012 and if you want to be part of it you need to get your thinking caps on now,'' writes Sally Jenkins.

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April 16, 2012

Escape To The Country

Sally Jenkins receives wise words from novelist and short story writer Patsy Collins.

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April 09, 2012

Out of My Depth!

Sally Jenkins receives sound advice on writing a novel.

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April 02, 2012

Coffee Shop Writing

Sally Jenkins is frustrated when she tries to write in a coffee shop.

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March 26, 2012


"Long ago I learned that it’s virtually impossible to make any sort of living from the written word so I suppose I must write because I enjoy it,'' confesses Sally Jenkins.

Continue reading "Motivation" »

March 19, 2012

Romantic Novelists’ Association – Birmingham Chapter

"Writing can be a lonely and frustrating business, so if you get the chance to go to a workshop, class or other gathering of writers – grab it with both hands!,'' says Sally Jenkins.

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March 12, 2012

How Do You Create Your Characters?

"How do you make the people in your fiction (longer fiction especially) well-rounded, believable individuals that the reader might care about?'' asks Sally Jenkins.

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March 05, 2012

Moving On From Short Story To Novel

Sally Jenkins has been reading a book which explains the techniques required to write full length fiction.

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February 27, 2012

Erewash Short Story Competition

Sally Jenkins brings news pf a short story competition which will raise money for charities.

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February 20, 2012

Persistence Pays

Sally Jenkins says that persistence pays in getting stories publsihed.

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February 13, 2012

How To Make £10 In 10 Minutes

Writer Sally Jenkins joins the Kindle clan.

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February 06, 2012

Final Chapters Writing Competition

Sally Jenkins tells of another writing competition.

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January 23, 2012

Cloud Backup Or External Hard Drive?

"Does anyone else have experience of Cloud backup,? asks Sally Jenkins. "Am I the only one that struggled with it?''

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January 02, 2012

Before I Go To Sleep

Sally Jenkins tells of a book that is sure to keep you awake.

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December 26, 2011

Notes From A Hospital Bed

"So don’t let that unknown black hole of hard work frighten you off attempting a longer piece of writing,'' advises Sally Jenkins, prompted by a short stay in hospital to bring this sound advice to would-be authors.

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December 19, 2011

The Writers’ Toolkit

‘Write often, to a deadline and with an audience in mind. Have something of the marketer about you.’

Sally Jenkins highlights advice to writers given by author and broadcaster Stuart Maconie.

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December 12, 2011

Snapshots Of History

Sally Jenkins suggests a market for stories set in the past.

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December 05, 2011


Sally Jenkins spend a far-from-tragic day at a collunity lecture on tragedy.

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November 28, 2011

The Magic Of Second Hand Books

"What is the allure of secondhand books? Why do so many of us enjoy sorting through other people’s discarded reading material?'' muses Sally Jenkins.

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November 21, 2011

Novel Writing Booster Kit

Sally Jenkins picks up further tips on writing a novel.

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November 14, 2011

Article Writing

"Remember there are many, many more markets for articles than fiction or poetry – so why not give it a go?'' writes Sally Jenkins.

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October 24, 2011

The Guardian Travel Writing Competition

Sally Jenkins brings news of an exciting travel writing competition.

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October 17, 2011

Haiku And Haibun

Have you ever heard of the haibun?

Sally Jenkins brings news of two competitions organised by the British Haiku Society.

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October 03, 2011

Writing Competitions – The Way To Win

"In my quest for success I’ve started reading ‘Writing Competitions – the way to win’ by Iain Pattison and Alison Chisholm. It covers short story, poetry and article writing contests,'' writes Sally Jenkins.

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September 26, 2011

Work Your Way Magazine

Sally Jenkins brings details of a new magazine aimed at freelance, self-employed and entrepreneurial mums.

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September 19, 2011

San Francisco And Writer’s Digest

Sally Jenkins dips into an American writing magazine.

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September 12, 2011

Emerald Writing Workshops Competitions 2012

"Emerald Writing Workshops 2012 Competition Calendar is out now!'' writes Sally Jenkins.

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September 05, 2011

Filthy Rich

Sally Jenkins suggests that in creating characters it may be OK for an author to go OTT once in a while.

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August 29, 2011

Opportunities In Yours Magazine

Yours is a fortnightly lifestyle magazine targeting women aged 55+ and offers several slots for getting into print, says Sally Jenkins.

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August 22, 2011

The Best Man To Die

"Whenever we write we are creating evidence for the historians of the future. Whether our work is published or not someone may stumble upon it in the years to come and marvel at how primitive our lives were at the start of the 21st century!'' says Sally Jenkins.

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August 15, 2011

West Country Writers’ Association Competitions 2011

"If you fancy a visit to Bath next April, have a go at one (or both) of these annual competitions run by the West Country Writers’ Association,'' Sally Jenkins suggests.

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August 08, 2011

The New Writer Magazine

Sally Jenkins introduces us to a new quarterly writing magazine.

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August 01, 2011

Help For Heroes Poetry Competition

Sally Jenkins brings news of a worthwhile competition.

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July 25, 2011

Writing With Dyslexia

"Next time you’re struggling to find the right word or trying to decide whether an apostrophe is required, be thankful that you can easily browse the thesaurus or check in your grammar textbook. Some people aren’t so lucky but still battle through to make a success of writing,'' says Sally Jenkins.

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July 18, 2011

Beak Books Novel Writing Competition plus a Mini Saga

"Beak Books is a new, independent publishing company looking for talented writers. An agent isn’t necessary but original ideas plus a willingness to promote your work is essential,'' announces Sally Jenkins.

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July 11, 2011

Originality Or Marketability?

"When pitching to publishers and agents, would-be novelists are often advised to state where their book sits in relation to other authors, i.e. whose novels are similar to theirs. Publishers like a novel that fits neatly into a specific genre so that it can be easily marketed,'' writes Sally Jenkins.

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July 04, 2011

Using Old Photos As A Writing Prompt

Sally Jenkins suggests that looking at old photographs can set the literary creative juices flowing.

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June 27, 2011

Novel Writing Competitions 2011

Sally Jenkins brings details of two novel-writing competitions.

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June 20, 2011

The Post-Birthday World

Sally Jenkins comments on a novel by Lionel Shriver.

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June 13, 2011

Poetry Competitions

Sally Jenkins brings details of three poetry competitions.

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June 06, 2011

New Stories For Old

Sally Jenkins advises writers to rework some of their old matrial which failed to make it into print.

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May 30, 2011

Competition Entry Fees

"How much are you prepared to pay to enter a writing competition?'' asks writer Sally Jenkins.

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May 23, 2011


Sally Jenkins tells of opoortunities to write for the monthly women's magazine, Prima.

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May 16, 2011

40p An Hour

Sally Jenkins brings literary news which is both encouraging and sobering.

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May 09, 2011

Write About The Royal Wedding

Sally Jenkins spotlights opportunies to write about royal weddings.

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May 02, 2011

Here's The Good News

"Over the last few months I’ve been submitting stuff into a big black hole with every editor ignoring me. However, patience and perseverance has paid off and in the last couple of weeks I’ve had a handful of positive responses,'' reports Sally Jenkins.

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April 25, 2011

The Kindle Debate

Are you a fan of the Kindle and similar e-book readers or do you like to turn real pages and enjoy the smell of a new book?

Sally Jenkins would welcome your views.

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April 18, 2011

Life Coaching for Writers

Sally Jenkins tells of the opportunity to receive a telephone life coaching session.

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April 12, 2011

Faith Lost And Found - 4

Ronnie Bray tells how he became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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April 11, 2011

Olympic Storytellers Wanted

Sally Jenkins informs us of a golden opportunity for anyone with a creative leaning to get involved in the 2012 London Olympics.

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April 04, 2011

Fiction Addiction – An Online Womag Writers’ Circle

Sally Jenkins brings details of a web site which offers help to women's magazine fiction writers who would like someone to cast en eye over their work.

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March 28, 2011

Creative Writing Courses To Be Won

Sally Jenkins brings news of competitions for places on creative writing courses.

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March 21, 2011

World Book Night

Sally Jenkins celebrated World Book Night at a special event in Birmingham.

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March 14, 2011

Paper Lanterns by Christine Coleman

"Technology is making life easier today but will we be leaving anything of our lives behind us when we are gone?,'' muses Sally Jenkins after being entertained by a self-published Christine Coleman novel.

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March 07, 2011

Writing Serials For Women's Magazines

Sally Jenkins brings news of a writing course to be held in Derby next month.

Do visit Sally's informative Web site http://sallyjenkins.wordpress.com

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February 28, 2011

Ideas For Writers

"Don't wait for inspiration to strike,'' Sally Jenkins advises writers, providing sources to generate ideas.

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February 21, 2011

How to Write a Novel

...the prospect of writing anything longer than about 3,000 words terrifying!...

But Sally Jenkins now thinks that writing a novel may be possible.

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February 14, 2011

Two American Short Story Markets

Sally Jenkins tells of two markets for short stories on the other side of the Big Pond.

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February 07, 2011

The Other Hand

...The terrible events in this book haunt the reader because they are probably happening to someone, somewhere, right now. I’d love to tell you more about the story itself but the blurb on the back of the book reads, “once you have read it, you’ll want to tell your friends about it. When you do please don’t tell them what happens. The magic is in how it unfolds.”...

Sally Jenkins enjoys a novel by Chris Cleave.

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January 31, 2011

Become a Weekend Writer

Sally Jenkins offers more tips to budding writers on getting into print.

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January 24, 2011

This England

Sally Jenkins suggests a good market to aim at for those wanting to have a go at non-fiction writing.

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January 17, 2011

Can Men Write Romance?

Columnist Sally Jenkins wonders whether a man can describe the emotional roller coaster women travel when they think they have found "the one''.

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January 10, 2011

The Enfield Mayor’s Poetry Competition

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January 03, 2011

Reader's Digest Competition

Sally Jenkins brings news of a Reader's Digest story competition - and concerns regarding the copyright of competition entgries.

Do visit Sally's Web site which is of interest to both readers and writers http://sallyjenkins.wordpress.com

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December 27, 2010


Sally Jenkins relays the message that it may be possible to earn a living as a writer without being picked up by a major publisher.

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Continue reading "Diversify" »

December 20, 2010

Are You Ready For Christmas 2011?

...In those lazy days between Christmas and New Year, push the Quality Streets to one side, turn off the television and write a couple of stories or articles. It will be much easier to do it now whilst the tree is still up, the weather is cold and the radio is playing Slade...

Sally Jenkins suggests that you should write about Christmas while still in a Christmassy mood,

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December 13, 2010

Writers’ News

Sally Jenkins suggests that you should consider submitting articles to Writers' News.

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December 06, 2010

Writing Lives

Giving up the day job and writing full time may not be the best option, says Sally Jenkins.

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November 29, 2010

Iain McDowall

...I found it a great relief to know that I am not the only one who puts off working on my ideas because I’m scared that they’ll crumble into nothing when I start trying to put them into words...

Sally Jenkins is reassured by words from crime writer Iain McDowall.

Do please visit Sally's Web site http://sallyjenkins.wordpress.com

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November 22, 2010

Romantic Novelists' Association - New Writer's Scheme

New columnist Sally Jenkins tells of a scheme which provides unpublished authors with a comprehensive report on a full-length romance novel.

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