Just Yesterday, Authors Needed An Agent

Just yesterday, authors needed an agent. The agent went to a publisher. The publisher edited, marketed, printed, published and sold the book in to booksellers. The booksellers sold it to readers. But today, authors can go directly to readers – by self-publishing and through e-publishing.…
The Writers Write Interview - Lesley Pearse

The Writers Write Interview – Lesley Pearse 2012

The Author? Lesley Pearse Birthday? 24 February 1945 The Venue? The Marion on Nicol The Date? 15th March 2012 The Book? The Promise The Interviewer? Amanda Patterson Essentially Lesley Pearse If love were a colour, what colour would it be? Red What is the colour…

The New Publishing Game

I teach people to write books. I love what I do. I also love this exciting new publishing world of ours. Publishing is changing. People who earn their living from writing, producing and selling books are feeling the pressure. What does this mean to the pre-published writer?…
Number or Amount – Which one should I use?

Number or Amount – Which one should I use?

Writers Write is a comprehensive writing resource. In this post, we talk about when you should say 'number' and when you should say 'amount'. When do you say 'the number of' and when do you say 'the amount of'? Is the noun countable or uncountable?…

The Writers Write Interview – Andrew Gross

Essentially Andrew Gross Andrew Gross is the author of New York Times and international bestselling thrillers. He is also coauthor of five number one bestsellers with James Patterson. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages. He was our guest speaker in Johannesburg.…

Winning Words – Romance Writing Short Story Winners

More good news for Writers Write! Another Writers Write graduate has won the The Essentials romance writing competition. Suzanne Jefferies, who completed Writers Write, and Writers Write 2,  was the winner for her entry ‘The Hunt’. Graduates, Shelagh Foster and Mia Botha, were previous winners of the competition.…

Semicolons And Colons Explained

; A semicolon: Is a long pause that balances two related ideas. Example: She went by train; she would rather have flown. Adjoins two main clauses containing opposite ideas. Example: She is efficient; he is disorganised. Adjoins two main clauses where there is no conjunction.…

You can cancel your cell phone contract

How do you cancel your contract? Perhaps you don’t need your contract anymore? Perhaps you simply can’t afford it? The good news is that you can cancel the contract. 1. Did you know The Consumer Protection Act (CPA) allows you to cancel your cell phone contract? 2. Did you…
Between You And Me

Between You And Me

A common mistake in English is to say ‘between you and I’, as in this sentence: 'It’s a bit silly, between you and I.' This is wrong. We should say 'between you and me'. There are no exceptions to this rule. It is always correct…
How To Write A Short Story

Short Cuts – How To Write A Short Story

How do you write a short story? In this post, we look at the mistakes people make and give you a formula for how to write a short story. I was asked to judge five creative writing competitions in a period of 18 months in…