Writing courses, landing pages and how to read more books

More literary goodies than you can shake a stick at.

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Links of the week

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10 things about creative writing courses

It seems a long time ago that I did my own MA Writing course. I was just 22 at the time and I loved every minute of it. The sense of community and permission to immerse myself in my writing was so valuable. Everything Joanne Harris says in this video matches my experience. You should check out all of her '10 things' videos while you're at it.

Further viewing: Yours truly, some time ago, talking about creative writing courses and 'professionalism'


Learn Ulysses — Organize Your Notes, Ideas, and Writing

Long-time readers will know that I am a big fan of the writing app, Ulysses. It's one of the three writing apps I use every day. This (not free) course by internet pal, Shawn Blanc and the team at The Sweet Setup will tell you everything you need to know.

Further reading: How to start writing a novel with Ulysses


How Do Publishers Decide Which Books to Bet On?

I love the opening line of this post by Anne Trubek on Jane Friedman's blog:

"Each book a publisher launches is its own miniature, stand-alone start-up."

That's so true, just like every author needs to treat their writing like a business. Not easy in practice though.

Further reading: 10 things I learnt about the publishing process


Brizy Cloud – quickly create landing pages that convert

Need to put a quick site together for your book launch? Or to tell people about an exciting new project? Or for literally anything else? I'm a huge fan of Carrd for doing this sort of thing. But this Brizy Cloud business looks excellent.

Go down the rabbit hole: Appydev – tools, resources and products for people who create and live on the internet


How to Read More Books in the Golden Age of Content

I confess to not having watched all of this yet, but the first few minutes made me feel it might be what I need to get me out of my lockdown reading funk.

Further reading: James Clear's system for reading 30+ books a year


Best of the rest

How to repurpose your ebook content into a profitable webinar

A community for agents and editors of African descent working in UK book publishing

The 25 greatest video game consoles – ranked!

Discover 50+ Of The Best Email Newsletter Tools In 2020

The 50 Best Ambient Albums of All Time


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