Monday, 1 November 2010

Wannabe A Writer We've Heard Of?

Writing isn't just about sitting in your garret and churning out the words - although, if you've signed up to this month's NaNoWriMo challenge, then this is probably what you'll be doing for the next 30 days!

And even if you are going to be chained to your desk, trying to conjure up 50,000 words over the next month, taking some time out to relax could be a productive step, so why not get hold of Jane Wenham-Jones' excellent follow-up to her highly-successful book, Wannabe A Writer, called Wannabe A Writer We've Heard Of?

Here, she explains why, and how, writers should publicise themselves. It doesn't matter whether you write fiction, or non-fiction, books, short stories or articles, you need to tell the world that you are a writer. (A journalist wouldn't expect a scoop news story to come knocking on their door, although it can happen, but only if the world knows he or she is a journalist in the first place!)

Although this is geared up to book writers, any writer can gain some useful knowledge from Jane's humorous look at a side of life many writers would happily ignore. Let's face it, if we wanted to be centre stage, many of us would have become actors, rather than writers! But these days, it is the writer who blogs, tweets, facebooks, myspaces, and uses any other social media networking opportunity who is more likely to be taken on by a publisher. We all need to up for a bit of publicity if we want our books or writing to sell.

This book reveals all about blurbs, book launches, book signings, promoting yourself through newspaper and magazine articles, getting on television game shows, networking, websites, newsletters, Twitter, and Facebook. It's a rip-roaring read, but practical too. And only Jane Wenham-Jones could write a book where Joanna Trollope can be found under Trojan Condoms. (I'm referring to the index.)

Wannabe A Writer We've Heard Of? by Jane Wenham-Jones
Published by Accent Press
Price: £9.99
ISBN: 978-1906373979

Further details can be found at

Strangest Genius; The Stained Glass World of Harry Clarke

I also wanted to mention a book by one of my students, Lucy Costigan, written in partnership with photographer Michael Cullen. Lucy's book has been nominated in the Irish Book Awards, in The International Education Services Best Irish Published Book of the Year category. 

Votes can be made online and I would encourage anyone who has read Lucy's book (and if you haven't, why not take a look) to vote online at Those who vote can also enter a competition to win €100 of book tokens.

Strangest Genius; The Stained Glass of Harry Clarke
Published By The History Press Ltd
Price: £50.00
ISBN: 978-1845889715

Further details can be found at

Good luck, Lucy!


  1. You must feel a sense of pride that one of your students has been nominated for this award.

    You seem to live on a writing rollercoaster...award nominated students...rude joke of the month...;-) (Ive been telling everyone that joke, still smile at it :-) )

  2. I *was* going to post something appropriate for a writing tutor - but now I just want to know the dirty joke....