CURRENTLY READING

This is Charlie Gallagher’s first book he had published, he has come a long way since then. His books have improved but I have to say this one is still very good and has me hooked as I cannot put it down. Will write my review as soon as I have finished it.

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Are Online Copywriting Courses Worth It?

Are Online Copywriting Courses Worth It?

If you feel like the art of writing is your calling, especially for those that want to be a copywriter, and not just any copywriter but one specifically geared towards websites, read on, because a majority of the part of your task I’ll be to write copy for different types of websites and niches. Unless you specifically choose just one or two.

Did you know it is estimated that websites that have blog pages and articles uploaded on a rotation basis get over 120% more engagement (viewership) and leads (clients or customers) than one that does not. You can learn more about this here.

So, the question remains – How do you become a lucrative copywriter that people want to hire or use to flourish their web copy?

The answer – Learn and upskill yourself every chance you get. It does not have to be a tedious chore of attending a class on a university campus or going back to school – Not at all. The solution is simple – grab one of the best online classes out there, and spend a few hours each day going through it, doing the course work, completing all the tasks, write the tests or exams and voila! You could be the next best online copywriter that businesses are just waiting to hire.

And if you’re wondering if these online learning facilities are truly worth the time, effort or even the monetary investment, we would say yes

But don’t worry about the nitty-gritty of where to look because you can start right here, right now. With our list of courses below, out of the hundreds that we have shifted through,  we were able to narrow them down into helping you to pick the best one for your personal needs. You can check this link to know more about this: http://www.writersresist.org/copywriting-courses/.

Once you have chosen the right one for you, the only action that needs to be taken on your part is to start the adventure of a lifetime.

But first, some tips on what to look for:

– ‘Death by PowerPoint’:  In this day and age, the fast-moving world has no time to sift through hours of listening to people talk about things and show you some mundane presentation they have made on PowerPoint. No, this is the age of quick deliveries and fast results. People want more by doing less, and it is the same with internet courses. No one has time to waste and as such it is always best to look for courses that not only enable you to download a 100 page PDF manual for you to ‘take-home’ and read but rather a live, interactive fact-to-face ‘classroom’ program that is being taught by a lecturer either in the present or recorded as a link for you to download.

– Accreditation: When choosing the right virtual copywriting course for yourself, make sure it is an accredited institution that you go for. A lot of them say they are, but it is easy to look up the title of the accreditation they ‘claim’ to have if you do a quick search on it. if you don’t know what the term means you can find out on this source, exactly what it means to be accredited.

– Get Them on The Phone: If they do not have any contact details on their website, that’s a no-go. But the ones that do have contact details such as a phone number or customer support number, should be easy to reach and you should pick up the phone and give them a call. While you’re at it, ask to speak to the program co-ordinator or manager and ask them all the budding questions you need to. That call could give you the answer to whether they are a legitimate business and you want to invest in them or not.

– Reviews and Reputation: When we do our online shopping, we often scroll through pages and pages of different products, brands, attributes of those brands, read through reviews, look at the star ratings. So why shouldn’t you do the same with online learning options? Look for the institutions that have either decent or the best online (and overall) reputation. Check if they are backed by industry professionals or reputable teachers. A lot of their websites should have reviews from students who are currently attending the course or have already finished them – read what they say and judge for yourself.

Courses you could look up include the below:

  • The Writers Bureau
  • The Blackford Centre
  • com
  • Success Works
  • American Writers and Artists Inc
  • IDM (Institute of Digital Marketing)

The above points are just a few of the important things that we would like to share with you, and a few of the reputable online choices that we think may suit your needs.

Last, but not least, signing up for online courses is possibly the best thing you could do to learn everything you need and more, however, don’t just stop there. Do other outside of the learning zone extra-curricular activities. For instance, find out if there are any website that is looking for guest-bloggers or ghost-writers and start doing so yourself. The practice will definitely help you become more confident in the act. If you are too shy to do this and would rather wait a while till your more clued up, then start your own blog page, where you can write copy for yourself and gradually work your way to a more public domain.

 

 

 

 

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REMARKABLE 2

What a super gadget this is, an electronic pad you write on just like a notebook and then it will type it all up for you!  Great if you are a writer that likes to visit coffee shops to write as this is so small it will fit in most handbags. I am putting this on my list of things I require, in fact, next year I will save up for it. Much better to take this on holiday or away in my camper where space can be tight depending on how long I am going away for. You can get the cover for it that opens like a book, there are two types of markers available. At the moment there is free shipping so for £429 I think that is very reasonable, I would love to have a try to see how it feels like to write on.

You can buy it here.

Let me know what you think about it, please

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GEEMARC WAKE ‘N’ SHAKE ALARM CLOCK

Oh my, how I wish this was available when my kids were little, this is absolutely amazing! If you need a new clock then this is the one for you, it does everything you would need in a clock plus it shakes.

The instructions are really clear and easy to follow so that was the first big plus for this amazing little gadget. Which is small so will fit on the tiniest shelf by your bed, then the lead reaches to your pillow so you can put the shaker under that, so you are literally shaken awake or leave it by the clock and it will shake away on the side.

The alarm can be set low or high but what I really loved was the round ‘shaker’ it would almost shake you out of bed, well maybe that is a small exaggeration but it really does move a lot. So with the highest noise alarm and shake this would absolutely wake even the soundest sleeper.  There will be no more sleeping through the alarm and being late with this little beauty.

                  

The button on the top is big enough that you will be able to find it in the dark, you can also set how long you want the snooze to wait till it tells you again. No wonder it is called Dynamite as it is small and mighty and almost as loud as dynamite. Get this on your list now as it will make a great present for those sleepy people that never hear their alarms.  I give this a good ten out of ten plus my recommendation, I love it.

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CRUEL ACTS BY JANE CASEY – BOOK REVIEW

PUBLISHED BY HARPER COLLINS ON 18th APRIL 2020

From award-winning author Jane Casey comes a powerful Maeve Kerrigan crime thriller which will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final page!

Guilty?
A year ago, Leo Stone was convicted of murdering two women and sentenced to life in prison. Now he’s been freed on a technicality, and he’s protesting his innocence.

Not guilty?
DS Maeve Kerrigan and DI Josh Derwent are determined to put Stone back behind bars where he belongs, but the more Maeve digs, the less convinced she is that he did it.

The wrong decision could be deadly…
Then another woman disappears in similar circumstances. Is there a copycat killer, or have they been wrong about Stone from the start?

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Jane Casey is no stranger to the crime world. Married to a criminal barrister, she’s got the inside track on some of the country’s most dangerous offenders, giving her writing an unsettlingly realistic feel.

This authenticity has made her novels international bestsellers and critical successes. They have been nominated for several awards and in 2015 Jane won both the Mary Higgins Clark Award and Irish Crime Novel of the Year for The Stranger You Know and After the Fire, respectively. She is also an active member of Killer Women, a London-based group of crime writers.

Born in Dublin, Jane now lives in southwest London with her husband and two children.

WHAT DID I THINK?

If you like a good murder mystery then this is for you, I have read the previous books with these characters and they are all good.

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THE DROP STORE

Lots of booze at very reasonable prices and delivered to your door.

I do like to share any bargains or good places with you and this online store I really like as not only are the prices extremely good but the range is excellent. These two flavoured gin and vodka were just £13 and the gin liqueur £12 Which I think should be called What lies within as candy cane I was expecting it to be sweet as there is a cocktail in Weatherspoons that has candy cane in it but when I tried it I got the

biggest shock!                         It was peppermint flavour!

I also like the bottles as they would look good with a candle in or some of the bottle lights you can get now.

They sell all sorts here so pop over and have a look, the link is below.

The Drop Store is here.

Happy shopping

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THE RECOVERY OF ROSE GOLD BY STEPHANIE WROBEL – BOOK REVIEW

PUBLISHED BY PENGUIN ON 5th MARCH 2020

Rose Gold Watts believed she was sick for eighteen years.

She thought she needed the feeding tube, the surgeries, the wheelchair . . .

Turns out her mother, Patty, is just a really good liar.

Now after 5 years in prison, Patty comes home, and it seems their relationship is finally on the mend.

But is Rose Gold still the easily pliable young girl she once was?
And is Patty still as keen on settling an old score?

 

IMG_2422Stephanie Wrobel was born and grew up in the suburbs of Chicago in the United States. A voracious reader as a child and a later fascination with language led to work as a copywriter and, after a move to the UK in 2014, she set to work writing The Recovery of Rose Gold. She now lives in London where she writes full-time.

WHAT DID I THINK?

Something a bit different here and I really enjoyed it, it brings to mind about can people really change? The character of Rose was very deep but it didn’t show that which I thought was down to the brilliant writing. I also thought this would make a good TV film.

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THE GARDEN

I have been doing a bit of pottering in the garden as the weather has been so lovely, it is nice to get outside as we have had a very wet couple of months. Also after being shut indoors with the lockdown in place because of the coronavirus, it was a very welcome release to be outside. My daughter got me the compost and tipped it in, at a safe distance away from myself. I do need a bit more also some more strawberry plants. I am going to plant some bulbs as well so there will be lily’s along the back and daffodils along the front, so next spring it should be full of colour.

The water butt needs a new tap which I am not looking forward to as I will have to almost get in it to reach!  My old chair is falling apart, I am hoping it will survive the summer then next year I can save and buy some new seating.

I had a tidy up above and moved the honeysuckle over here as hoping it will grow over the gate. I am waiting to get some pink geraniums to go in these pots for a bit of colour.

                    

This area looks so pretty at night with the fairy lights on. I get very impatient waiting for the plants to grow so there is some colour.

What have you been doing during this lockdown?  I get a bit lonely at times so I facetime my daughters for a chat. The younger grandchildren appear to be loving it all and spend most of the day in the garden. We have another three weeks of staying in here in the UK, I think the social distancing will probably stay for a few months after that or until there is a vaccine.

Happy gardening

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JULIE WASSMER NEXT BOOK!

PUBLISHED BY CONSTABLE ON THE 7th MAY 2020

This made my day when the postman left me a package, you can always tell it is a book and I just rip into it to see which one it is. I am so looking forward to reading this, which will be as soon as I have finished my present book. Julie is not only a friend but a best selling author, her books are a joy to read. I wonder if I will guess who the murderer is this time?

              

My review will go out as soon as I have finished the book so keep a lookout for it.

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COVID-19 IN THE UK

I thought this picture was really very scary with it making you realise it is all around us, definitely better for a child to realise what it is and what’s going on. Although I must say all the kids that I know have all accepted the changes so easily, even the teenagers have been staying in. From what I have seen it is the people in their 20’s that are having the most trouble and do not appear to be staying in very much. I am not sure why but they do seem to be from the “It won’t happen to me” era. It makes you think about all your friends and family and praying that they will all be ok at the end of this nightmare.

I tried to imagine what my grandparents would have thought about all this as even in the war they were allowed out but their food was rationed, goodness knows what would have happened here today if they had done that, I think there would have been a riot as the panic buying was bad enough. I really hated seeing all the food that was wasted when it was rubbish collecting day, they could have shared it with the people that could not panic buy.

It seems incomprehensible that a virus can actually stay on surfaces and then infect us at a later time, I feel for the people that do have to carry on and do their jobs in this situation. They are all to be admired and I hope they all get the recognition or even a bonus to just show that they are valued in this society.

When will it all end? Something we all want to know, even if they were to say June at least then you would know if you were going on holiday this summer and be able to plan and look forward to things getting back to normal.  I do not think the press have handled this very well at all, scaring people and printing worse case scenarios is not the way forward. As for the press conference every day, that I like as it is the facts straight from the horse’s mouth and no they do not know the answers to everything, we may have to wait months to analyse the data to get the answers. BUT, the questions the press ask every day are like a broken record, do they not listen to what the other journalists have said? It is all repeats of the same questions, how the panel does not turn round and say “I have just answered that three times, what other way would you like me to say it?” Very annoying!

Stay safe everyone

 

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