This website use cookies and similar technologies to improve the site and to provide customised content and advertising. By using this site, you agree to this use. To learn more, including how to change your cookie settings, please view our Cookie Policy
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
EU
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
   You are currently viewing the European Union version of the site.
Would you like to switch to your local site?
Digital Subscriptions > Writing Magazine > December 2016 > The business of writing: Festive frustrations

The business of writing: Festive frustrations

As Christmas draws closer, Simon Whaley chats to three writers about how they manage their writing businesses during the festive period.

In the world of paid employment December is one long month of office parties, Christmas lunches, and arguing with Health and Safety about the fire risk of the red tinsel framing your computer monitor. It’s an entirely different matter for writers. Working in our isolated garrets means the office party rarely gets out of hand, but if it does there’s no one else around to notice. However, as December draws closer, it isn’t easy running a writing business when the rest of the business world is either away from its desk enjoying itself or shut down until the middle of January. Which means we have to change the way we work.

In my experience, December is a month of two halves. Deadlines sometimes get brought forward to accommodate this, and getting hold of people by email or phone becomes more challenging, particularly between the beginning of the month and about the 18th. Then there’s the shutdown itself, when entire businesses close from around 19th December through to the 4th January.

READ MORE
Purchase options below
Find the complete article and many more in this issue of Writing Magazine - December 2016
If you own the issue, Login to read the full article now.
Single Issue - December 2016
€5.49
Or 549 points
Annual Digital Subscription
Only € 3.67 per issue
Get the last 3 back issues free with this subscription
SAVE
33%
Was €43.99
Now €43.99
6 Month Digital Subscription
Only € 4.00 per issue
SAVE
27%
€23.99
Or 2399 points
Monthly Digital Subscription
Only € 4.49 per issue
SAVE
18%
€4.49
Or 449 points

View Issues

About Writing Magazine

The UK's bestselling writing magazine • Beat writer's block: Busting the myth and dealing with the reality • Revealed: WM's books of the year • Star interview: Stef Penney – intimate emotions, epic landscapes • 20 packed pages of Writers' News: win £50,588 in writing prizes; opportunities to get published; insider know-how and much more...

Other Articles in this Issue