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First Line Competition – Win a Copy of ‘The Freelance Bible’ by Alison Grade

To celebrate the workshop being held on 15 April at 6.30pm ‘How to Be a Great Freelancer’ with Alison Grade, we have two copies of her book ‘The Freelance Bible’ (published by Penguin) to give away!

All you need to do is send your suggestion for a great first line for a story – to

Subject line – First Line Competition, along with your address so we can make sure we are able to send you your copy should you win.

This competition closes on 30 April 2021 October and subject to Pen to Print competition T&Cs CLICK HERE for details

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Details below:

Pen to Print: How to Be a Great Freelancer with Alison Grade

Thursday 15 April, 6.30pm to 7.30pm


This session will teach you how to build your successful freelance psyche and how you can use this knowledge to be strategic.

How to be a great freelancer with Alison Grade, author The Freelance Bible.

Click here to purchase your copy from Amazon.

Being a great freelancer is more than being great at working ‘in’ the work you do – you need to be great at working ‘on’ your freelancing.

In this session you’ll learn from author of The Freelance Bible, Alison Grade, how to work ‘on’ you freelancing and prepare yourself so you are best positioned to find the work you want to do. You’ll learn why freelancing is like dating and how you can use this knowledge to be strategic when winning new clients.

This session will teach you how to build your successful freelance psyche by maintaining a balance of:

• Skills – what skills and mindset does a freelancer need?
• Finances – what do I really need to live on? How do I value myself?
• Desires – how do I find and date clients to win business?

This session will give you a framework which you can use to work ‘on’ your freelancing and build a successful and sustainable freelance care.

Alison describes her key skill as transforming creative concepts into a business reality. She accomplishes this with the films she produces, the creative entrepreneurs she mentors, SMEs and freelancers she advises and in her recently published book, The Freelance Bible (Penguin).

The first line of your novel is the one that hooks your reader and can be the most memorable line of a book.