Friday, 20 December 2013

The Goose Is Getting Fat .....

Not long now till the Big Day. Have you ever wondered, though, why, every year, we rush around buying presents, scribbling cards, battling through the queues and endless checkouts, buying more than we'll ever need with cash we haven't got and more likely than not will be paying off till next Christmas when we can start the whole silly process off again.

Or maybe you're one of those uber organised people who starts your Christmas shopping in January, have your Christmas cake baked by February, your cards written by March, your presents wrapped by April, your turkey ordered by May, your decs up by September and can sit there smugly on Christmas Eve sipping your mulled wine - if you are one of these people then I take my hat off to you because I wish I was like that!

But, if you're like me, in the middle of your frantic 'last minute' present buying, stop and note down anything and everything that springs to mind about the festive period. Look at the articles the magazines have published and be observant as you are walking around doing your festive business - you never know what inspiration for new article ideas you will find.

I know it'll be too late for this year, but it will stand you in good stead ready for next year when you start pitching your festive ideas - you'll have a few months in order to mull it all over in your head and come up with something unique.

I'm taking a break from blogging until the New Year now. So I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Merry Writing!

Julie xx

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Look What Came Through Through The Post ...

Article writing. There's nothing quite like it - amazing yet frustrating at the same time! But, having had numerous articles published and a column I have to say that there's nothing I'd rather do than writing. Okay, I'm not a full-time writer but that doesn't mean I am not a professional one. I approach my writing business in the same way as I do my teaching assistant job. And there are advantages to writing articles, particularly a column, as this is where non-fiction book ideas can be born.

So imagine my delight when this came through the post ....

It's my new book (1st one!) and the idea for it came out of my column in Writers' News.  It's not out until 28th Feb 2014 but you can get a sneak preview or pre-order here:
Or look on the publisher's website, should you be interested:

Why not think of an idea for a book to pitch to them too while you're there!

Julie xx