New ideas4writers website and blog

We have a lovely new website, and have moved to ideas4writers.com

The new website is also the new home of the ideas4writers blog, which now features extracts from our Date-A-Base Books. If you’ve been following the blog for a while you’ll probably remember these from a few years ago. We’ve brought them back!

We’re posting extracts 6 months in advance. As it’s currently June, this month’s extract features 31 historic anniversaries in December 2019 – one for each day.

We’ve also reintroduced Lifetime memberships. New members can sign up for a one-off payment of £79 and get access to all of our books – a total value of more than £230. New members will also be able to download new books and new editions as we release them, at no extra charge.

Current Lifetime members: you can download all of our books at the new site, just as before, but we’ll need to manually move your account from the old site to the new one. Please email us at mail@ideas4writers.co.uk if you would like your account moved.

The writing engines are not yet working on the new site. (They weren’t working on the old one either). They’re still a work-in-progress.

The Date-A-Base Book 2021 – now available

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We are pleased to announce that The Date-A-Base Book 2021 is now available.

It gives details of more than 2,000 newsworthy and notable historic anniversaries that you can write about and make money from, including events, discoveries, inventions, famous births and deaths, and more.

As usual it comes in chronological and sorted-by-date versions, both available as PDF ebooks, and the chronological one is also available in print (via Amazon).

Find out more and get your copy at www.ideas4writers.co.uk/2021

Lifetime ideas4writers members: please email mail@ideas4writers.co.uk to request your free copy.

Date-A-Base Books 2019 and 2020 sorted by date

Goods news for fans of our Date-A-Base Book series: we’ve just released the 2019 and 2020 editions in “sorted-by-date” format (1st January, 2nd January, etc) as well as our traditional chronological order. When you buy a copy, you’ll receive the links to download both versions.

If you’ve already bought the chronological version, email us if you’d like the sorted-by-date version and we’ll send you the link. We’re at mail@ideas4writers.co.uk.

ideas4writers members please email us if you’d like a copy.  You can download both versions from the members’ area of our website. But that part of the site is currently inaccessible because of a technical issue – we’re hoping to have it back online within the next few days.

Please note that the printed version (which you’ll need to order from Amazon) is only available in chronological order.

The 2021 edition should be available from the end of March 2019.

How to Win Short Story Competitions (Second Edition)

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We’ve updated our book How to Win Short Story Competitions.

This new *Second Edition* is available from Amazon in
Kindle (http://mybook.to/storycomps2k) and
paperback (http://mybook.to/storycomps2p) editions,
from just £2.99/$3.99.

Description:
Two highly experienced, award-winning writers and short story competition judges share everything they know about entering, judging and (most importantly) winning short story competitions, in an easy-to-follow Q&A format.

Find out:

* Exactly what the judges are looking for.

* How the scoring system works.

* How to score highly in every category.

* What impresses judges – and what turns them off.

* How to write exceptional short stories.

* Which competitions give you the best chance of winning.

* How to avoid being disqualified.

* And much more.

New to this edition are:

Updated and expanded content – now 140 pages
Table of contents and full index
TWO award-winning short stories
First time available in paperback

The Date-A-Base Book 2020 is here!

cover20_3d_247x264_transThe Date-A-Base Book 2020 is now available!

Details of over 1,800 newsworthy and notable anniversaries in 2020, including important events, inventions, discoveries, significant births and deaths, and more.

Get your copy now at www.ideas4writers.co.uk/2020

 

(Lifetime members can download it free of charge from the members’ area.)

The printed version should go on sale within the next few days – though you will have to buy it from Amazon rather than our own website. We’ll post another message here as soon as it’s available.

Writers Bureau 2018 Limerick Competition Now Open

The Writers Bureau 2018 Limerick Competition is now open, with £620 worth of prizes.

Prizes are:

1st Prize – £100 plus the choice of a Writers Bureau course (worth over £370)

2 x Runners-up Prizes – £50 plus free membership to The Association of Freelance Writers (worth £24.99)

Winners will be published on the competition website and promoted on The Writers Bureau’s social media platforms.

Limericks were popularised by the nonsense poet, Edward Lear, in the nineteenth century and they’ve been a comic staple ever since. They are frequently uncomplimentary and often downright bawdy – a joke form as memorable as they are witty.

The judge this year is Diana Nadin, Director of Studies at The Writers Bureau. She says, “I love a good limerick and I was made to laugh out loud at many of last year’s entries so I’m looking forward to reading this year’s submissions. Limericks are a good way to let your writing hair down, have a laugh and have a good play with words. And, there’s a chance to win a great prize too!”

Entry fee: £5 for 4 limericks, and £1 for each extra limerick.

Closing Date: 31st July 2018.

Winners will be announced by 31st August 2018.

For full competition details and to read the winners  of previous competitions visit their website at: www.wbcompetition.com