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Salmonweird Has Its Own Website – Check It Out!

If you don't follow my Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or other social media, you probably missed my big announcement about the future of my crime comedy series (with ghosts) set in Cornwall called Salmonweird. I will self-publish the first volume of the book on 2nd September 2019. It's available on Amazon Kindle. You may preorder the [...]

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It May Seem Blogs Are Becoming Ghost Towns, But Readers Still Love Them

I've noticed a trend of late that new blog content from most of my subscribe-to list has slowed to a trickle. Some blogs I subscribed to in the past were writing 2-3 articles per week. Now, it seems they are barely scraping that per month, some even less frequently than that. Some haven't posted for [...]

The Images and Copyright Minefield and Where to Get Free Stock Photos

How do you get people to come to your blog without promising free cake and then disappointing them a la Portal? You need a good headline for starters or people are not going to be enticed to read it. It's not all about the headline though. Often, viewers will usually be drawn here by attractive [...]

Essential Free Software For Every Home-Based Small Business

Money is always tight for a startup business, especially when working as a sole trader / freelancer. Even if you have loan you are confident that you can pay back in time, you will come to rely on free software to maximise your slender profit margin, if you have one at all. Setting up your [...]

Why I Love Taking Photos During Golden Hour

When I got my first DSLR a year ago, it opened up a whole new world of creativity. It gave me an excuse to go outside. My day job as a freelance writer largely keeps me at home so it was useful to help me disconnect. Now, when work is quiet, or I just fancy [...]

Impasse with Salmonweird. Considering Self-Publishing early Next Year

One of the most pleasurable pieces of fiction I've ever written, Salmonweird is a 70k-ish supernatural crime comedy about a retired detective living in a small Cornish village as the only human. The remaining residents are all ghosts, representing 2,000 years of the village's history. It was clear from after finishing the first couple of [...]

The Soft Skills Freelancers Bring to Your Business

Clients who work with or looking to outsource work to freelancers typically think of the hard skills. In my case, that's writing and proofreading. This is understandable. After all, you need to know that your freelancer has the necessary background, skills, and training so successfully complete the tasks you need of them. Yet we also [...]

Skills I Never Thought I’d Need as a Freelance Writer: #1 Graphic Design

Six years I've been doing this gig. Six years! At the time I just wanted to write and I signed up for Elance and Odesk thinking I would (eventually) get enough work in perpetuity and by word of mouth when I had a large enough list of clients. I didn't consider other skills and at [...]

Your Great Business Idea Needs Equally Great Written Content

It doesn't matter what your business idea is, in the process of developing and marketing, or at production stage and selling to customers. Either way, it deserves good presentation. You need to demonstrate that you know what you're talking about and to reach out to people (investors and customers) in the right way. Some things [...]

Pay Day is Here! Why Not Treat Yourself to a New Top?

Click for the buying page Payday is just around the corner for most of us. With all the warm weather we've had in the UK, you're probably thinking of splashing out on some new clothes, right? Before you go to the usual outlet, why not buy something unique from my range of photographic t-shirts and [...]