Friday, 16 June 2017

Writers - Keep up to Date - by Wendy Jones


It seems to me that the only constant in this world is change. This may seem a strange statement to make, especially since I'm writing this at 6.30 am. However, as a writer, I have come to realise change happens at an ever increasing frequency. How on earth is the poor writer meant to keep up to date with all these changes?

As part of my Continuing Professional Development as a writer, I attend a number of conferences and industry information days each year. This year I am privileged to be on the organising committee for the ScotsWrite Conference. Taking place in the Westerwood Hotel and Golf Resort,  in Cumbernauld, from 22nd-24th September 2017, it promises to be jam packed full with everything a writer needs to support their career. The four strands of the conference can be seen in the image below. Speakers include, Joanne Harris, Joanna Pen, Jane Johnson, Charlie Higson, Caro Ramsey and Denise Mina, amongst many others. Early Bird Booking  finishes on 22nd June, 2017,  so well worth booking quickly. You can get more information here 

The Four Strands of the Conference

Yesterday I attended a Publishers Day put on by Neilsen, the company which provides ISBN's in the UK, and industry data around the book market. Before you switch off and go to sleep, this day was fascinating. I now possess a much greater appreciation and understanding of the systems around the ISBN and why these are so important. The figures surrounding the UK, and indeed International, book industry are staggering. Did you realise a new title is added ever 13 seconds? No me neither. I will be writing another blog just about this., however, I want to encourage you to attend one of these days if you can. It is well worth the investment of your time.


 You can get a free copy of DI Shona Mckenzie's Guide to Killing Your Boss from my website









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Wendy H. Jones is the author of the best selling DI Shona McKenzie Mystery series of crime novels set in Dundee. Killer's Crew, the fifth booking the series was released in November, 2016. Dagger's Curse, the first book in her Fergus and Flora, Young Adult Mystery series was released on 10th September, 2016. She also has one non fiction book, Power Packed Book Marketing: Sell More Books.



3 comments:

Bill Kirton said...

You're tireless, Wendy. And one title every 13 seconds! That's scary.

Wendy Jones said...

I agree. It's some statistic

Umberto Tosi said...

I admire and envy your dedication to ongoing professional development. We have to run hard to keep in place sometimes. Excellent Website, by the way, lucid and lively! I look forward to reading Di Shona McKenzie's "Guide to Killing Your Boss", thanks. Your tongue-in-cheek is showing again. Who in the workaday world would not have been drawn to such a guidebook?