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Festival of Writing, York, September 2013

The UK’s largest literary editorial company announces its fourth annual celebration of writing and publishing. One of the most popular events of the literary year, it unites aspiring authors with top agents, publishers, book doctors and best-selling authors for a weekend of workshops, panels, keynote speeches, one-to-ones and social events with an emphasis on development, networking and unrestricted access to top professionals. 

Festival Director, Laura Wilkins, comments “The Festival of Writing is unique within the literary festival circuit due to its focus on getting delegates published. At the core of the weekend are the one-to-one sessions in which delegates get to sit down individually with agents, publishers and book doctors who have read samples of their work in advance and candidly discuss their writing and career prospects. There has yet to be a Festival of Writing which hasn’t resulted in several delegates being signed by agents and subsequently published as a direct result of these encounters. The agents are there specifically to find the next publishing sensations.”

Throughout the whole weekend, the festival also offers a massive selection of mini courses and workshops lead by top industry professionals and squarely aimed at developing delegates’ writing craft and helping them get to grips with the demands and processes of the publishing industry. There is also an increasing focus on self-publishing and the world of e-books. This is all backed up by vibrant and animated industry panels and fantastic keynote speeches delivered by best-selling authors. This year’s keynotes will be presented by Adele Parks and S.J. Bolton. The festival is motivational, inspirational, beneficial and essential for anyone hoping to write or get published.

The Festival of Writing is a social and welcoming event which is defined as much by its joyful spirit as its focus and genuine usefulness. Each year, lasting friendships are forged and cemented with our communal meals, evening entertainment and competitions giving delegates a chance to relax and compare experiences.

This year’s industry experts include top agents and publishers from Random House, Troubadour, Matador, Blake Friedmann, The Agency Group, Picador, Hodder & Stoughton and A.M. Heath.

The Writers’ Workshop was established in 2005 to provide advice, support and literary services to first-time writers. It has grown into the UK’s largest literary consultancy service. The firm was set up by Harry Bingham, himself a bestselling author of both fiction and non-fiction. Harry’s work has been published in the UK, the US, Australia, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, China, Japan and numerous other territories besides. He has been short-and long-listed for major literary awards. His Getting Published is the standard work on the subject

For further information, contact Events Director Laura Wilkins at: The Writers’ Workshop, The Studio, Sheep St, Charlbury, United Kingdom, OX7 3RR/ 0845 459 9560/

Useful resources from Own-It for Creatives

In keeping with our New Year’s resolution in 2013, to organise more regular webinars and to give you access to IP training free of charge from the convenience of your computer we have an upcoming webinar today that aims to grapple with the issues to do with securing funding for your fashion business. If you can’t tune in, don’t worry, we will record all webinars and publish them in our know-how section. Listen to our latest podcasts on fashion contracts and fashion branding with our partner law firm, DLA Piper.

Having a strong online presence is crucial for any business, but even more so for anybody working in the creative industry, where your clients really want to see what you do. Therefore the upcoming Own-it workshop on legal issues to consider when planning your online marketing strategy should be high up on the agenda of all visual creators and designers.

We have just launched Own-it Direct an intellectual property advisory programme for University of the Arts London alumni, who want to start-up businesses or develop new products and services. They can apply for up to ten hours of IP advice from qualified solicitors. The scheme is open to SEED Fund and Start-Up loans applicants but the aim is to extend the programme to any start-up business or entrepreneur with a new product/service idea so if you’re not eligible this time stay tuned for future updates!

Own itI’ve been receiving information from Own-it right from when I started in business. It provides lots of useful help if you design, write or create on protecting your creations.


Here are a few of their latest resources:


Useful writing resources and newsletters

writing ticklistHere are 3 useful websites/newsletters/experts that I find useful and inspiring for my writing. I hope you find them useful too.

  1. Charlie at Urban Writers Retreats runs writing retreats to help you notch up some words in a environment with other writers with the added bonus of cake. I enjoy her well writing newsletters whic always have useful tips and cover relevant topics for writers. Catch up on her latest articles in the blog
  2. Jo Parfitt sends out her newsletter on the first of every month. I’ve included her because I always look forward to reading what she writes, and this month’s newsletter, all about ‘how to get that writing done‘ really resonated with me. Read the article on Jo’s site this month, and check out her workshop and publishing services too.
  3. Finally, I was recommended the Snowflake method of plotting this week. Read the article (which also leads into a fairly ignorable sales pitch!) as it had some useful ideas for breaking down plotting that I’m putting into practice right now.

6 Tips to help you Start or Grow Your Blog

I love blogging and it has made an enormous difference to my business. It has allowed me to reach far more mums interested in flexible work, self employment and running a business. I know, though, that not everyone finds blogging easy and want to share some tips for blogging success.

  1. If you want to blog but are unsure where to start, try Erica Douglas’s Mum Blogger eBook. The first of its kind it takes you step by step through creating a fabulous blog.
  2. Slot in time each week to blog rather than waiting until you feel like it.
  3. Spend an evening brainstorming everything you might blog about so you can start writing as soon as you sit down.
  4. Try allocating different types of post to different days – a ‘photo-post’ day, a competition day, a product review day etc.
  5. If you have a blog but aren’t getting the comments and visitors that you’d like, the Mum Blogger eBook really comes into its own. It shows you hundreds of ideas for attracting readers and making your posts into ones that get comments.
  6. If you can’t face blogging, let me and my team of writers blog for you! I can usually double the number of targeted visitors to a site by providing keyword-rich content.

We have a great offer for you on the Mum Blogger eBook. Get 20% off with the code ANTONIA20. Follow the link below to buy.
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The Mumpreneur’s Guide to Online Business Success

Online Business SuccessDo you see other people promoting their business online and want to do it too: find out how in my new e-book.

Does This Ring Any Bells?

TickYou see other people promoting their business online and want to do it too

TickYou signed up for a Twitter account but can’t really see how it will drive sales

TickYou’ve thought about blogging, but can’t get started or don’t keep it up

TickYou don’t really see how a blog will add business anyway

TickYou’d love to have a list of thousands to mail your latest offers to, but don’t know how to get the right people on your list

TickYou’ve been promoting your business online for a while but have yet to see results

TickYou’re fed up with tweeting or blogging and are starting to wonder whether it is worth it.

Follow this link to get the help you need in a free-to-download, easy to follow workbook.

Win Facepaints – Mystery Shopping Job – Case Study of Business Mum Needed

There’s lots going on at Family Friendly Working. You have just one more day to enter a competition to win some Snazaroo face paints. I have got news of an opportunity to sign up as a mystery shopper. There’s news including a report on why becoming a mum cuts your income and how being a working mum won’t harm your child. And I’m now looking for business mums and dads to feature in Family Friendly Working in December. Ideally your business will have some sort of seasonal theme. Email to find out more.

“Inspirational Business Mum of the Year” Award for Author and Entrepreneur

Antonia Chitty has been awarded the “Inspirational Business Mum of the Year” Award at this weekend’s Mumpreneur Conference in Birmingham. She says, “It is great to be recognized for the work I do to help women start and develop their own businesses. Running my own enterprise has made an enormous difference to my life and I’m passionate about inspiring others to succeed. I’m very proud to be the ‘Inspirational Business Mum of the Year’

The Sussexbased entrepreneur started her PR own business seven years ago after the birth of her daughter so that she could work flexibly. Since then, Antonia’s business has grown and expanded, as has her family. Antonia runs Family Friendly Working, a site packed with ideas for anyone who wants a flexible way to work which grew out of one of her first books. She has written eight business, health and parenting books. Her latest release is The Mumpreneur Guide, a practical workbook for any woman who wants to start a business that fits in with the family. She is mum to Daisy, 7, Jay, 3 and Kit, 6months.

Sunday Night Round Up

We’ve been enjoying a fabulous weekend with beautiful weather. It is Dh and my 12th wedding anniversary too so we had a lovely lunch out with the kids – all good.
Now, I’m just catching up with a little work, planning for the week ahead and trying to work a little in advance to make some time for networking events for Business Mum Week and The Mumpreneur Conference which I’ll be attending in Birmingham on the 3rd of October. I’m mildly terrified about the conference purely because I’ll be driving up on my own (well, with Kit too) and I hate long drives … since we were driven into about 10 years ago. The drive will take around 5 hours.

Anyway, apart from that, this week I’m writing about gifts and traditions for one of the blogs I work on, plus personal finance and money saving for another. I’ve done a good update for Family Friendly Working which should see me past the conference – I schedule features well in advance and have mumpreneurs booked in for the profile slots right up until the end of October.

I’ve done the first chapter for the book on Down’s Syndrome. It is not totally complete and I suspect I’ll need to revise it as I work on the following chapters but it is good to make a start. I aim to do two chapters next month and two in November which shouldn’t be too much pressure.

Writing that up all feels quite under control. The things I can’t control are the volume of sales for the Mumpreneur Guide. The special offer ends on Wednesday, and if there is another big sales day this could push aside all my plans for a week of writing.

I’m also due to do some work on the business. I’m meeting a business adviser next Wednesday, need to do the end of month invoices and have a couple of stray invoices to chase up plus missing parcels to claim from the post office. Such excitement! Let’s hope the weather stays good so I can get all this done in the sun.

Book Review: The Ultimate Mumpreneur’s Guide to Online Business Success

Do you hope to start an online business? If you’re one of the many potential mumpreneurs around at the moment, Mel McGee’s book, The Ultimate Mumpreneur’s Guide to Online Business Success, is a good buy.

Mel McGee is a NLP master and offers business coaching through She has used her coaching experience to write this motivating book, which is packed with handy lists and tools to help you examine your motivation and develop a business.

I liked ideas like the ‘7 Steps to Mumpreneur Success’. The book has lots of handy hints, Supermummy tips, and little cartoons to help you focus and refine your ideas. One essential idea that Mel McGee gets spot on is about how to decide on what your business will offer. It is all too easy to decide what you would like to sell, without looking at whether this is what people want to buy. Mel suggests identifying your ‘hot’ target market, and looking at the products and services that will address their biggest concerns. The next key tip is about tasking a good hard look at your potential idea and seeing if there is money in it.

The first part of the book will work whatever type of business you want to create, but Mel goes more in depth for mums wanting to get involved in online marketing, and in particular information marketing. An online business is ideal for mums and dads because it can run from home at times of day to suit you. Getting your online marketing right is essential, and Mel guides you through the use of incentives to collect contact details and turn them into paying customers.

Watch out for a competition to win copies of this book next month.

£15, available from Amazon. 188 Pages. ISBN-13: 978-1905430512 or download from Bookshaker.