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Win 10 ebooks; free video recording; WGGB joins CAVe; the BBC – love it or lose it.
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In this CUT Talking (writers’ edit), you can find out how you could win 10 CUT ebooks, and have a free video recording at the NAWE conference. We welcome the support of WGGB for our CAVe campaign, and highlight questions in parliament about authors’ earnings.

Win 10 CUT ebooks!


In the coming weeks we will be launching our first Facebook giveaway, in which one lucky winner will receive ten ebooks of their choice from the fantastic selection on the CUT site. Make sure you have ‘liked’ our Facebook page in order to receive further details of how to enter.  
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From MS Word to ebook


A number of CUT writers have expressed an interest in understanding how we convert their basic Word documents into fully-formed ebooks which can be read on any e-reading device. So, we’ve taken to the keyboard and posted a blog which gives an insight into the technical and editorial processes involved. Read more

Let us record your promotional reading video

We are delighted to announce that CUT will be sponsoring a session at this year’s NAWE conference  in Durham, entitled Social Media Marketing for Writers. To support this session, we will be offering CUT writers at the conference an opportunity to be filmed reading an extract from their work.
Once edited we will publish the video on the CUT YouTube channel and on the Writer’s Profile Page on CUT, and use it in our social media marketing to promote the writer’s work. Here is an example video of Derek Neale.
The service will be completely free of charge, but as the number of 30-minute slots is limited, please express your interest in advance, by emailing writerhelp@cutalongstory.com, stating your preferred day (Friday afternoon or Saturday) and approximate time.

The wonder of second-hand bookshops

Second hand booksWe don’t know anyone who lives to write or loves to read who does not relish a visit to a second-hand bookshop. Common to all is the delightful experience of whiling away some time, hoping to find an unexpected personal treasure; yet each shop has its own character, charm, specialities, and even smells.
We were delighted to find this book lovers’ list of second-hand bookshops published by BuzzFeed.

If you have your own personal favourite, do let other CUT members know, by posting a comment to the CUT Blog

New members’ spotlight

Welcome to Steve Wilson and David Churchill Barrow, two writers who have joined CUT recently.
Steve is based in Lancashire, and writes novels as well as short-form work. He enjoys crime stories with a twist in the tail, but has also written factual sport-based books. We have already published two collections of his work: one of sci-fi stories, and another of romantic stories with a twist.
David is an attorney and historian living near Tampa, Florida, USA and can trace his love of historical fiction back to a book-cover picture of a sword-fight. You can find out which book it was on his Writer Profile Page. He also writes non-fiction military and historical articles.
We look forward to receiving further submissions from Steve and David. See all CUT writers

The BBC – love it or lose it


The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain is campaigning for a strong, independent and properly-funded BBC so it can carry out its duties as a public service broadcaster and protect quality scripted drama and comedy on TV and radio, and the broader cultural role it plays with its orchestras and the Open University. If you would like to support the campaign, the WGGB website has a list of things you can do to help.
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Authors’ earnings debated in parliament

Following a recent speech to the All Party Writers Group by Nicola Solomon of the Society of Authors, the Government has been asked in the House of Lords, ‘what steps they plan to take to improve the rights and income of professional writers.’ And members of the house voiced their fears about the decline in full time writers – stating the worrying figures in the recent ALCS report.
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The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain backs our campaign against VAT on e-books 

We are delighted that WGGB is joining CUT and NAWE to lend its support to CAVe. Everyone who loves to read should sign the CUT e-petition campaigning against the 20% VAT charged on e-books. It’s not just for writers. Please pass the CAVe link below on to all your friends, family and contacts, and please use social media to spread the word!
 
Help us to get VAT on e-books abolished!

Sign CAVe CUT Against VAT on e-Books

Don’t forget

CUT is about writers and their work. If you have any ideas of other ways we can help, or resources we can develop on the site, don’t hesitate to contact us at writerhelp@cutalongstory.com

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