Tuesday 12 June 2012

Added Vale: Things found in books - Can you write?

Everything you need to know about becoming a successful writer in one handy booklet!

The writer's news for literary aspirants. Four page booklet c1960s? Lots of interesting and inspiring ideas including;

Can you write? If you have literary aptitude - often revealed by a gift for letter writing - you can be trained to write and sell articles and short stories in your spare time - wherever you live!

Let an Editor Train you; Details of the opportunities for the spare time writer are given in the prospectus, which you can obtain free by posting the coupon on page four.

Short story writing; A glance at any bookstall will give you an indication of the wide scope for the short story writer. Editors are always on the look-out for promising new writers. There is a short cut to successful story writing - the Regent Institue way. In a fascinating postal course - which includes special contributions by famous writers - you are shown how to get plots (The Regent Plot Finder taps dozens of sources of material), how to construct them, how to write dialogue, how to prepare MSS and how to sell them.

The number of publications that have accepted short stories from students of the Regent Institute now exceeds 1,500. This notable record is conclusive proof that the Institute's course provide successful training for every type of writer. Make writing your hobby NOW.

Found in; How to write and illustrate children’s books and get them published

How sad to think of some aspiring writer trying for so long without success - or maybe he/she is now a famous author and no longer needs the course or the book!

How to write and illustrate children's Books - with added extra! Is now sold, thank you for your interest.


  1. The Desert Rocks12 June 2012 at 19:15

    I think I need those books!! Cute post Barbara.

  2. I am hoping that they were able to get themselves published! It sounds like they were doing their homework and trying to find out the secret to success. Amazing what you find in books. It is like glimpsing the person who held the book before you!

  3. Barbara, you find the most interesting things! I read this book few years ago when I was stepping out on my writing adventure. (Yet I missed that booklet.) Beginning writers and illustrators DO need courses or books like these as guidance.

  4. Darlene Foster13 June 2012 at 03:41

    It is amazing what you find in books.This is a great post. I have also read this book many moons ago. (no pamphlet in it though)

  5. barbaraannefisher13 June 2012 at 08:19

    If I buy books privately I know why they are being sold, but this book came from an auction. Let's keep our fingers crossed that he/she is now a famous and successful author.
    I still get a thrill when pieces of paper flutter out of old books, you just never know what it might be.

  6. barbaraannefisher13 June 2012 at 08:25

    Sorry Eve, but I have to disagree. I’m no expert, but I’m pretty certain your writing is way in advance of anything contained in these.

  7. barbaraannefisher13 June 2012 at 09:15

    Yes, I’m sure they must be very useful. I’m not a writer (as you can tell from my blog!) but I am very tempted to read this book.

  8. barbaraannefisher13 June 2012 at 19:07

    I think the pamphlet is definitely and added extra, and it should be a nice surprise for whoever buys the book.

  9. Interesting. It seems this aspiring writer really wanted to make it. Quite a find, I'd say.

  10. barbaraannefisher14 June 2012 at 06:51

    I agree, and I hope they did!

  11. I found the same pamphlet in an old copy of a book entitled ‘the guide to selecting plays’! Did you manage to find out anything interesting about The Writer’s News?

    1. Sadly not. The book sold and I sent the pamphlet along with it so hopefully it was useful to someone.


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