A core purpose of the Guild is to promote good practice and share advice and expertise amongst members. Our members have access to a series of short notes which has been developed over time to pass on tips and help each other learn from sometimes hard-won experiences.

Except where indicated, these advice notes are compiled on behalf of the OWPG for the benefit of its members only. They may not be transmitted or reproduced in any form without written permission. 

This is the preview page for the OWPG Members’ Advice Notes. To download actual advice notes, you’ll need to visit the advice notes page (member password required)

If you have professional knowledge you’d be willing to pass on as an advice note, please contact the web editor or professional development manager.

 


WRITING AND PUBLISHING

Getting Published

A brief guide to presenting your book project to a publisher, by Jonathan Williams of Cicerone Press. Visit the advice notes page (member password required).

 

Pitching to Magazines

How to pitch your idea for an article to a magazine, by John Manning, editor of Lakeland Walker and The Cumbrian. Download

 

Publishing Contracts

Advice on the ins and outs of contracts by Ronald Turnbull. Visit the advice notes page (member password required).

 

Publishing Deals

A summary of the publishing deals offered to authors, including the pitfalls of Ebooks and Print on Demand contracts. Compiled by the Society of Authors and kindly shared by them. Download

 

Negligent Mis-statement

A short guide to liability, indemnity and protecting yourself by Nicola Solomon and kindly made available by the Society of Authors.  Visit the advice notes page (member password required).

 


PHOTOGRAPHY

Image Theft

STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL TO GUILD MEMBERS ONLY. How to make image theft harder and retrieve income lost through piracy, by Chris Howes. Visit the advice notes page (member password required).

 

Digital Workflow

A guide to organising and tracking the way you process, store, identify and deliver your images, by Jon Sparks. Visit the advice notes page (member password required).

 

Tools of the Trade

An up to date look at the latest choices in cameras, by Jon Sparks, with assistance from Chiz Dakin. Visit the advice notes page (member password required).

 

Stock Agencies

A look at the rewards (or otherwise) of picture libraries like Alamy, by Ronald Turnbull, Jon Sparks, Simon Whaley, Chris Howes and Chiz Dakin. Visit the advice notes page (member password required).

 

Re-sizing Images

General advice on techniques by Ronald Turnbull. Download

 

Photography for Writers 1: Histograms

How an understanding of histograms will improve your photography, by Ronald Turnbull. Visit the advice notes page (member password required).

 

Photography for Writers 2: Auto White Balance

Achieving white balance in your photos by Ronald Turnbull. Visit the advice notes page (member password required).

 


 

FINANCIAL

 

Secondary Rights

A round-up of the potential income from public lending and photocopying of authors’ work, including PLR, ALCS and DACS, by Ronald Turnbull. Visit the advice notes page (member password required).

 

Tax and Self-Assessment

A summary for self employed outdoor writers and photographers, including information on expenses and allowances, by Ronald Turnbull. Visit the advice notes page (member password required).

 

Unpaid Invoices

A short, 6-step guide to extracting money from late- or non-payers and the various options available, by Ronald Turnbull. Visit the advice notes page (member password required).

 


 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

Book Talks

The collected thoughts of Vivienne Crow, Paddy Dillon, Jon Sparks and Ronald Turnbull on the how, why and whether of book talks. Visit the advice notes page (member password required).

 

Press Trips

How to organise your own, who to contact and points to bear in mind, by Terry Marsh. Visit the advice notes page (member password required).

 

Rights of Way Law

A short guide to rights of way law and legislation in different parts of the UK, including where you go and on what, by Jon Sparks. Visit the advice notes page (member password required).

 

Old advice notes – these may have now been withdrawn?
 
Publishing Contracts (old but still useful)
A survey of publishing contracts from the end of the last century, but still useful. Download contracts-old
 
 
Compact System Cameras
Smaller and slightly cheaper than the digital SLR camera, do these do the job for outdoor photographers? As cameras have moved on, this advice note is now withdrawn. But the quick answer is yes they do.
 
 
OS mapping and copyright
How far can you use information from Ordnance Survey maps before you infringe copyright? Questions answered by Nicola Solomon (Finers Stephens Innocent). Visit the advice notes page (member password required)
 

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