WRITERS CAREER CONSULTANCY
AN ON-LINE SERVICE FOR WRITERS
author, Dianne (Di) Bates* has worked with professional colleagues
WCC currently offers:
AN INTRODUCTION TO WRITING BOOKS FOR CHILDREN
1.HOW YOU TOO CAN BECOME A WRITING SUCCESS
GETTING IDEAS & GETTING STARTED
1. HOW TO COME UP WITH BRILLIANT IDEAS
PICTURE BOOK COURSE
1. WHAT IS A PICTURE BOOK? Picture book pitfalls; Types of picture books; Format; Text & illustrations; Page turns; Word choice; Poetic devices; Reading it aloud.
BOOKS FOR YOUNGER READERS & GENRE FICTION
1. STAGES OF CHILDHOOD AND READING INTERESTS
COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF CURRENT AUSTRALIAN CHILDREN'S & YOUNG ADULT BOOK PUBLISHERS The list includes editor's names and contact details (over 100 publishers) COST: $60.00 (Available only via snail mail, so please advise of your postal address when you place your order.)
HOW TO SELF-EDIT: WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR WRITING - A book containing 500 editing exercises (with suggested revisions) COST: $20.00 (includes P&P)
NOTE: INTERNET PAYMENT CAN BE MADE, IF YOU PREFER. ALL CHEQUES TO BE MADE OUT C% DI BATES, THANK YOU.
“When I started looking to be published I felt that I was drowning in an ocean of information. Di Bates showed me a clear path to writing success.” Jackie Hosking, Editor 'Pass It On'
(Your assessment) was refreshingly honest and straight forward. You have highlighted some plot difficulties, which can be fixed and I am very grateful to have you pick these up for me.” MW, Central Coast, NSW
Re Di Bates' module, The Best 50 Tips & Information for New Writers plus bonus article: How to Get Both Feet past Publishers' Locked Doors - I really recommend it. Although it did contain tips I have long put into practice, the majority I haven't, either through lack of knowledge or lack of confidence. If you have aspirations of living off your income as a writer, or improving your publishing chances, this module is worth purchasing. I'm hoping to end up better organized for a start, and a lot more confident of writing success. From a satisfied customer,
PIO, December 2004 Thanks for the articles that you sent me, 'The Best 50 tips' and 'How to Get Both Feet past Publishers’ Locked Doors'. I have found the information to be insightful and inspiring. I was playing with my writing career, but your articles have given me the boost I needed to become serious and start working hard. Pauline Burgess
"Thank you for sharing your knowledge and skills with me. I found the process enlightening. Your comments confirmed my lack of confidence in the manuscript, but then highlighted precise areas that needed more work. Whilst initially I was alarmed that there were so many flaws, the negatives were balanced with encouraging comments, and I'm excited to receive such valuable feedback. Your mini-manuscript assessment has increased my understanding of writing for children, and I look forward to honing my skills. Kathryn Apel
I gathered courage to take up Di Bates' offer of a manuscript assessment on my attempt at a children's novel and was so delighted with the thoughtful, helpful, useful comments she sent back immediately that I would love to recommend this service to others. … She had an uncanny knack of focusing on some of the words and sequencing decisions I'd agonised over for ages and offering really great solutions. And there was advice and suggestions there that will help with all my writing, not just this attempt. So go for it if you are hesitating - it is a very generous, spirited offer. Donna Gibbs
I found the (assessment) process enlightening. Di's comments confirmed my lack of confidence in the manuscript selected, highlighting precise areas that needed more work. Whilst initially I was alarmed that there were so many flaws, the negatives were balanced with encouraging comments, so that I wasn't disheartened or overwhelmed. Di's mini-manuscript assessment has increased my understanding of writing for children. I value her honesty and look forward to honing my skills. Kat
Dianne (Di) Bates has published over 90 books, mostly for young people since 1980, and is the author of Revise, Edit & Re-Write (Scholastic Australia & Enterprising Words), How to Self-Edit (Emerald Publishing), The New Writer’s Survival Guide: An Introduction to the Craft of Writing (Penguin Books) & Wordgames: Activities for Creative Thinking and Writing (Longman). She has presented hundreds of writing courses to adults over the past twenty years and has a background in magazine and newspaper editing. Currently Di is a freelance writer who offers a range of help to new writers through her business Writers Career Consultancy. She and her author husband, Bill Condon, live near Wollongong, NSW.
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