Sunday, 23 January 2011

How good are your proof reading skills?

The monthly magazine 'Writers' Forum' provide a little exercise in each edition of their publication to test how good their reader's proof reading skills are. See how you get on! The extract from Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days below has 20 errors in it. Can you spot them?!!

In the year 1872, No.7 Savile Row, Burlington Gardens - the house where Sheridan died in 814 - was occupied by Phileas Fogg, Esq. This gentleman was one of the most remarkable and in deed most remarked upon, members of the Reform Club, although he seemed to go out of his way todo nothing what might attract any attention.

One of the greatest pubic speakers to honour his country had thus been replaced by the aforesaid Phileas Fogg. The latter was an enigmatic figure about who nothing was known, except that he was a through gentleman and one of the most handsomest figures in the hole of high society.

He was said to look like Byron: his head at least, for his feet were beyond reproach - but a mustachoed and bewhiskered Byron, an impassive Bryon, one who might have lived for a thousand years without ever growin gold.

Although clearly British, Mr Fogg might not have been a Londoner. He had never been potted in the Stock Exchange, the Bank, or the City. The Basins and docks of London had never birthed a ship for an owner called Phileas Fogg. This gentleman was not on any board of directors His name had never rang out in a barristers' chambers, wether at the Temple, Lincoln's Inn, or Gray's Inn. He had never pleaded in the Courts of Chancery, Quenn's Bench, or Exchequer, nor in an Ecclesastical Court. He was not engaged in industry, busness, commerce or agriculture.

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Agency launches creative writing school

For the first time ever, a literary agency has announced that it will be launching a creative writing school. Curtis Brown is providing some fantastic tutors to support the school including novelists Anna Davis and Jake Arnott. The agency says; "We really want to be taking quite a practical industry-led approach to this. This will not be about qualifications, it's about the experience."

The course will be run from the agency's London office and will take place over the course of 3 months from May next year. The course will be made available to a tiny 15 students only, and the lucky few will be selected on the basis of the quality of a novel in progress.

To be considered for one of these select positions, applicants must submit a completed application form, an engaging synopsis, and the first 3000 words of the novel. Further details on the course can be found at

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New website for kids is launched

A former editor and a writer at The New Yorker have come together to create a webite called is an online community especially aimed at younger writers. Individuals can use the website to share their writing; even submitting novels and poetry via SMS.

Users of the website who are aged 13 years and over are invited to collaborate with other writers in a process of giving and receiving feedback on the work posted on the site. So far the work posted includes science fiction, fantasy, biographical writing and serial novels.

The founders of the site are hoping that ultimately the site with attract over 1 million users and that it will also attract publishers who are on the look out for fresh, young and talented writers.
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Friday, 14 January 2011

How to measure the value of Editors

A great little article on measuring the value of editors.

Instead of putting our own spin on the article we thought we might as well lead you straight to the original piece itself!

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January 2011 Newsletter available now

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Monday, 3 January 2011

Fabulous chair for book lovers

The German high-tech design company Nils Holgar Moormann have come up with a fantastic new chair that is perfect for book lovers. Known as the Bookinist it is a mini-mobile library, complete with integral shelves for 80 books, a seating area, a lamp, a wheel at the front and a hidden compartment for pencils, paper and other writing equipment.

In addition to the Bookinist, the German design company also produce the Easy Reader which is a wooden chaise longue which also has shelves and a wheel for comfortable and practical transportation of your library to other areas of the house.

The Bookinist however is my personal favourite and it comes in Red, Black and White, each at 2,393 euros. Find the Bookinist and more at

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