Advice Notes (preview)

Posted on: February 28th, 2013 by OWPGWordsmith No Comments

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)

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 on or reproduced in any form without written permission.

If you have professional knowledge you’d be willing to pass on as an advice note, please contact the web editor forum AT owpg.org.uk (please replace _AT_ with @ before sending!)

 

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
A brief guide to presenting your article idea, and your article, to a magazine, by John Manning, former sub-editor of TGO (The Great Outdoors). Download pitching

 

Publishing Contracts
Mostly by Ronald Turnbull, who has signed 26 of them, all (except the first two) having involved haggling and negotiation. It is based on personal experience but is probably not a legally sound opinion on anything. Visit the advice notes page (member password required)
Publishing Contracts (old but still useful)
A survey of publishing contracts from the end of the last century, but still useful. Download contracts-old

 

Extracting money from late- or non-payers
Psychological and if necessary legal avenues towards getting paid, including statutory interest and compensation, also small claims courts; in the context of magazines that fail to pay for articles. Visit the advice notes page (member password required)

 

Negligent Misstatement
Someone using your guidebook falls off a hill and wants to sue you. A guide by Nicola Solomon (formerly of Finers Stephens Innocent) kindly made available by the Society of Authors. Visit the advice notes page (member password required)

 

“Ebook and PoD only” Contracts
A warning, from the Society of Authors, about certain Ebook and Print on Demand only publishing contracts that authors may find deeply unrewarding. Visit the advice notes page (member password required)

 

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)

 

The professional services section of the Members’ Links page contains information on copyright law, rates for the job and other topics.

 

Photography

 

Digital Workflow
Digital photographers need a systematic workflow for backing up, indexing, saving and retrieving photos. A guide by Jon Sparks to the sometimes complex requirements, and satisfying them using Adobe Lightroom. Visit the advice notes page (member password required)

 

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.

 

Tools of the Trade – Camera Choices
Does travelling light mean sacrificing image quality, or speed of response? These and many other questions are tackled in this survey of the wide range of camera formats now available. Developed from a workshop undertaken with members in Jersey by Jon Sparks. Worth reading in conjunction with Compact System Cameras, above. Visit the advice notes page (member password required)

 

Protecting Images Online
The theft or misuse of images published online is rife. Jon Sparks outlines how to discover if you’ve been a victim, and – as prevention is better than cure – suggests some ways to protect yourself in future; Chris Howes describes how to recover considerable sums of money from those who do infringe your copyright. Visit the advice notes page (member password required)

 

Alamy and others
Uploading images to photo selling agencies such as Alamy: how much trouble is it, how much can you hope to earn, what’s the key to keywording? And is it still worth the time and trouble? The consensus of four professional photographers is a resounding ‘hmmm well maybe’. Visit the advice notes page (member password required) .

 

Photography – for writers

 

Resizing images
Attaching an image to email, fitting it into a webpage, and – crucially – preparing it for your owpg profile page. Resizing is surprisingly tricky when you don’t already know how to do it. Click here to download resize.pdf .

 

The photography section of the Members’ Links page contains information on tracing your images pirated on the web, on when you may and mayn’t take photos, an online digital photography course from Dave Willis, and other topics.

 

Miscellaneous

 

Press Trips
A guide by Terry Marsh to the ins (and inns) and outs of trips paid for by the people you’re going to be writing about; including how to persuade them to offer you one. Visit the advice notes page (member password required)

 

Tax and self-assessment
The ins and outs of tax returns for small-time freelance writers/photographers: plus a very useful, annually updated guide to tax and self-assessment for freelance authors, from accountancy firm H W Fisher – click here to download (from external site)

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