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  • Publishing Options
    Not every writer has the same goal. Some want to see their books become bestsellers, some feel they have an important story to tell, while others are just excited about the experience of being published. All are equally valid. Try to work out what you think you might want from publishing your book. Hopefully then you’ll be able to work out which way you want to go.
  • Lay or lie? It’s easy to mix these up
    Ever find yourself pausing to work out whether you should be using lay or lie? They’re commonly mixed up, and the fact that the past tense of lie is lay doesn’t make it any easier! All of us have words we’re not sure about, or that we have to check …
  • Is it whiskey or whisky?
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day! If you’re raising a glass to the patron saint of Ireland, you ought to make it whiskey rather than whisky. Why? Well, the short answer is that ‘whiskey’ refers to the spirit distilled in Ireland, whereas ‘whisky’ comes from Scotland. It’s not quite that straightforward, though. …
  • Free access to the Oxford English Dictionary
    As a writer, you’re bound to refer to dictionaries pretty often. Would free access to the Oxford English Dictionary online be useful to you? The world moves fast, and words are no exception. It’s not always easy to keep up with new meanings or spellings. I love having a selection …