Being a Professional Writer
Emerald Publishing
ISBN: 184716045X
October 2007
Price: £9.99
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Being a Professional Writer


This book is intened to help anyone starting out in creative writing, covering most main categories and genres. It provides a mix of exercises and practical information, with a work book added, focusing on specific writing skills. There is a workable blend of commercial, editorial and marketing material along with short and snappy introductions to the basics of fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction. The emphasis throughout is on giving advice from experience rather than from theory.

Main topics covered are:

  • carrying out research
  • assessing yourself as a writer
  • knowing your market
  • improvng style and technique
  • writing fiction
  • writing poetry
  • interviewing
  • factual and documentary articles
  • submitting work to editors

Kate Walker is the author of over fifty titles for Harlequin Mills and Boon's Modern Romance. She has also written two guides to writing romantic fiction, and her Kate Walker's 12 Point Guide to Writing Romantic Fiction is about to be published in a second edition.

Stephen Wade is a freelance writer and university creative writing tutor. His most recent books are Plain Clothes and Sleuths (Tempus) and Spies in the Empire (Anthem Press).


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