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Novel Ideas Oldies but goodies

It might be the right time for your old work to have a new life, says Lynne Hackles

Every six months or so I check through my files to see if anything can be rewritten, revamped or given another airing. Last week a whole day was designated to searching out these lost masterpieces and sending some off to new markets. Some of my short stories had been returned and missed out on my 24-hour rule: ‘never let a returned MS sit on your desk for longer than a day. Check it, rewrite what’s needed, and send it somewhere else.’ An article was emailed off at 11am and an acceptance arrived at 4pm the same day. I wasn’t expecting that. Why don’t you check through old work and see if it could be submitted somewhere new?

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How can you get your writing to the readers it deserves? In this month's issue of Writing Magazine we look at how to generate new freelance opportunities and how and why the flourishing independent press scene may be your best bet. First though, if you're a new writer you need to read our guide to finding and fixing those rookie mistakes in How Not to Be a Bad Writer. This month's star interview is the man with the golden pen Anthony Horowitz, talking about bringing back Bond and maintaining his impressive hit rate. Keep up to date with all the latest competitions and opportunities to get into print with Writers' News – there's £37,240 in writing prizes to be won!