About Me

I’m a freelance writer, copywriter and writing tutor for The Writers Bureau. I also have my own editing, proofreading and advice service. You can find out more about it here.

My love affair with writing came about as a result of a back injury, when I could no longer carry out my job working in a bank. That injury led me to the wonderful world of writing and changed my life!

I joined The Writers Bureau as a student and since then have never looked back.

Resume:

Magazine and Newspaper Credits:

Freelance Market News, E-Zee Writer, Writers’ Forum, The New Writer, Writing Magazine, Writers’ News, Busy Freelancer, The Cat, Your Cat, Cat World, Teddy Bear Club International, Telling Tales, My Weekly, The People’s Friend, Chat, Chat it’s Fate, That’s Life!, Woman, Woman’s Own, My Weekly, Yours, Take A Break, Best, Take It Easy, Pick Me Up, Woman’s Weekly, Full House, Best, Bella, Real People, Love It!, The Weekly News, Prima, Prima Baby, Collect It!, Lifeinfo, Jump, Whispers from Heaven, Personal Finance, TV Mag, Total TV Guide, Sesame, Competitions World, Soap Life, In the Know, Needlecraft, Wild about Animals, Reader’s Digest, Best of British, The Guardian, Sunday Mirror and The People.

Awards:

Writing Magazine – 1st place, 2nd place and top ten placing on two occasions

Writers’ News – 1st place and top ten placing on two occasions

Global Short Story – 1st place, runner-up and shortlisted five times

Ouse Valley – 1st place several times

Independent Papers – 1st place

Fan the Flames – 1st place

Acorn – 1st place

Lookout – Numerous top three placings and highly commended on several occasions

Fylde Brighter Writers – runner-up

Hastings – highly commended

Eva Wiggins – highly commended

Real Writers – shortlisted

Books:

The Siege and other award winning stories e-book and paperback available from all on-line stores including Amazon.

A Walk In The Woods and other short stories – e-book and paperback available from Amazon.

Publication Guaranteed (Well, Almost!) – e-book available from Amazon.

Children’s Stories:

Five short-read children’s stories have been featured on the Fun 2 learn website.
Numerous children’s stories published in The People’s Friend.
A series of children’s stories published in Cat Flap.

Small Press Magazine credits:

Acorn, Lookout, Chillout, Laughout, Fan the Flames, Gentle Reader, Animal Crackers, Scribble, Awen, Dial 174, Crystal, New Fiction, Telling Tales, New Cauldron, Poetry People, Peace and Freedom, Forward Press and numerous anthologies.

Editor:

Editor of The Cat Flap.

Other:

I currently judge the monthly writing competition in Writers’ Forum magazine.

Copywriting:

I have written copy for a number of organisations and individuals on a wide variety of subjects. Some examples include web copy for Vodafone, leaflets for health treatments, a slogan for a dog sitting company, a brochure for a new charity and numerous newsletters and e-mails.

134 Responses to About Me

  1. Shape Your Life says:

    Hi! I want to properly thank you for being there everytime I post a new article on my page. Well, guess what? the next article has your name on it!!! Check it out in about 2 hours, I am still working on it 🙂

  2. I’m grateful for your writing tips, since I am very much a novice at blog writing. Thank you too for visiting my website. My very best wishes to you.

    • Thank you, Kenneth. I’m so pleased you’re finding my tips useful. I only started my blog two months ago and am still learning so it’s good to know what you think. I hope you’re enjoying blog writing yourself and I’ll keep checking your blog to see what you’re writing 🙂

  3. Monty Lukies says:

    Hi! You liked one of my posts on my blog, which was about looking for a writer to help me adapt my research in to a book. Are you interested? I added you on twitter a while back, and sorry I haven’t had time to reply to you yet. If you are interested, do you have an email I could use to contact you on? Thanks again.

  4. Hey, great blog by the way. I just want to introduce myself, my name is Jesse Singh and I see we have lots in common. Keep up the great work!

    • Hi Jesse, it’s really good to meet you. Thanks very much for the comment – I’ll try! I hope things are going well for you. I’ve enjoyed your blog too and reading about all you’ve done. Brilliant! 🙂

  5. Kev says:

    A very impressive Resume! You should do a profile on LinkdIn. 😉

  6. Here’s a funny thing. I was reading your latest post and going, “Yes, yes, this is good” and that kind of thing, and then I decided to leave a comment, but could I find where to leave it? No,which is why I am here. If you tell me, as nicely as you can, how I’ve missed the blindingly obvious comment window, I will return and complete my response.

    • Hi Peter,

      Well, I’m completely baffled. When I clicked on the blog post, at the bottom, it states ‘Leave a comment’ and so you should be able to, as you have before. But I know when I’ve gone to comment on a blog, I sometimes can’t see where on earth a comment can be left. I’ve managed to leave one by clicking on anything related to ‘comments’ and I’ve got there in the end! I think wordpress like to confuse us every now and then!

  7. Christine says:

    Wow! Your tips are extremely helpful, especially since I’m a high school student. There aren’t many great blogs out there, but yours is one of the good ones.

  8. drlaurell says:

    I am honored to have a real writer reading my blog, especially after I read all the praise you have received. Thanks for the encouragement since sometimes I find it challenging to translate my knowledge of natural medicine into a blog worth reading.

  9. Happy New year, I have nominated you for the:Lighthouse Award. Please collect the badge at: http://wp.me/p32YrK-1d2 and for further details.
    Thank you for encouraging me to keep writing, I had success in December with a short story published in an Annual Magazine. Thank you again

  10. Hi Esther, thank you for liking my “mirror,mirror” post. That was the very first thing that I had ever written with my adoption being the theme, but hope that it will be the start of a creative process for me. Blessings, and I will be looking for help and guidance from your blog as I take this journey, Joy x

  11. Belinda Davidson says:

    Love reading your blog, Looking forward to keeping in touch when my course has finished. You are my inspiration!

    Belinda Davidson

  12. Tony says:

    Hello Esther,

    Many Thanks for the recent like over at naturestimeline, it is much appreciated.

    Best Wishes

    Tony

  13. Hi, Esther. Thanks for your kind like on my post regarding the surprise (to me) release of my book, The Mirror. It’s a bit of an honour, coming from a professional writer. Please let me know if you’re ever interested in a complimentary read of a .pdf copy: themirrorbooks@gmail.com. The test readers report that it’s a gripping read that competes with top intrigue fiction; a bit Follett / le Carre meets “Mommy Dearest” meets Malcolm Gladwell.

    I’m now off to have a peek at some of your posts.

    • Thanks for stopping by. A huge congratulations on your book being published sooner than you expected! It sounds very interesting and great reviews so far. I’ll have another look at it. I hope it brings you a lot of well-deserved success.

      • Thank you, Esther. I’m really hoping that the book succeeds in raising awareness as to what is actually happening to children and fathers in divorce. It’s awful.

      • It certainly is and it’s great that you’re doing something like this to raise that awareness.

      • I couldn’t accept the smug arrogance of the feminists, who thought they could hurt my children with impunity. Plus, I think I was the first person to experience and analyze the system from a military background. It’s a different perspective. The general principles of conflict apply, as it turns out.

  14. Thank you for taking your time to read my blog.I am impressed of your activity.Congratulations!

    Madi Preda

  15. lorriebowden says:

    Great bio!! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am going to explore yours now 🙂

  16. marjma2014 says:

    What an inspiring blog. Glad I found you today. 🙂

  17. sally gutteridge says:

    Hello! Love your blog 🙂

  18. lorriebowden says:

    Hi Esther…I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award…it is okay if you can not accept…I just want you know I thought you deserved the honor 🙂
    http://lorriebowden.com/2014/07/23/versatile-blogger-award-wow/

  19. Wow, you are so accomplished! I am sorry about your accident, however. You truly turned a difficult situation into a beautiful one.

  20. Steve says:

    I just posted my July 31, 2014 My Weekly Writing Challenge: “I wish I hadn’t done it” flash fiction piece “Senseless Thoughts.”

    http://simplicitylane.wordpress.com/2014/08/05/senseless-thoughts-188-word-flash-fiction/

  21. Sherri says:

    Hi Esther, I came over here via Chris’s link to your blog and I’m so glad I did as I realise that as a student of The Writer’s Bureau and subscriber to Freelance Market News I already ‘know’ you, sort of! The course has given me the confidence to start writing my first book, a memoir, submit articles, stories and poems (some of which have been published) and also my blog. I’ve read several of your articles in FMN and find them very helpful so I’m delighted to have found your blog, I really look forward to reading more here as I know I can learn so much from you! Great to meet you properly – Sherri 🙂

    • Hi Sherri,

      It’s great to meet you too and thank you for your kind words. I’m so pleased you’ve found my articles useful and the course is brilliant. I’m an ex-Writers Bureau student myself and it was the course that gave me the confidence to send my work out. Little by little I had work published, like you, and it’s escalated from there so I’m sure you’ll have more and more pieces published. Great to hear you’re doing well. Keep it up! I hope you’ll find my blog useful. I list a new market every week and there’s a writing challenge you might like every Thursday. On the other days you’ll find all sorts of writing tips. Enjoy your writing 🙂

      • Sherri says:

        Thanks so much Esther, I’m very much looking forward to reading more of your tips and challenges and of course the new markets.I take part in a couple of writing challenges over on other blogs but I’m always on the look out for new ones, time allowing! You have inspired me with your writing story greatly 🙂

  22. Ms. Vee says:

    Hello Esther, thank you for taking the stop to visit my blog. I appreciate the like coming from someone with your talent. 🙂

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  24. TanGental says:

    You are very kind to follow me. I’m nanoing this month but will look out for your challenges.

  25. midsthope says:

    Your blog is very impressive and Informative, I like Reading.. Thanks for following me hope you like it, Enjoy!!:)

  26. marjma2014 says:

    Hi Esther. Congratulations. I have nominated your blog for The One Lovely Blog Award. Hope that you will accept. Here’s the link: https://kyrosmagica.wordpress.com/2015/01/14/one-lovely-blog-award-thank-you-2/

  27. Jasdeep Kaur says:

    Thanks for following my blog, my mentor, my guide! I am honoured!

  28. nimi naren says:

    Hi!
    I have nominated you for the No Strings Attached Award. I truly enjoy reading your blog and look forward to reading more.

    https://simplemomentsoflife.wordpress.com/2015/05/27/the-no-strings-attached-award/

    Love,
    Nimi

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  30. My blog post today is about YOU and this blog. I felt like celebrating my latest follower. Thanks for giving me a try. Here is the link to read it. http://stephenyhoughtlin.com/2015/05/29/celebrating-my-latest-blog-follower/

  31. Hi Esther. I don’t know why I didn’t realise this before, your name was familiar, so I should have; you were my tutor for a course I didn’t finish because although it was good, it wasn’t the right one for me. I chose one that was for writers who just want to make money from their craft. I should have chosen something more suited to me.
    I was unable to use the internet last week, and was disappointed to miss your challenge, because it was the kind of thing I love to do. I had a go at it even though I couldn’t post it. I may have got a bit carried away – again! This is what i came up with.
    https://janebasilblog.wordpress.com/2015/07/18/fun-with-alliteration/

  32. Hi Esther, I’ve nominated you to take part in the 777 challenge – a writing challenge – if you’d like to participate – here’s the link: https://kyrosmagica.wordpress.com/2015/08/07/the-777-challenge-morags-mischief-and-mayhem/

  33. Hello Esther! I am happy to be on your blog. It’s a great blog, indeed. You write beautifully. Bravo!

  34. Bibhash Bhaduri says:

    Hello Esther! Remember me? You were my tutor at the Writers Bureau. Unfortunately my course ended soon after our association. I decided to join your blog so that I could remain in touch and continue to learn from you. The Stephen King competition is indeed exciting but it is for citizens of UK only, which I am not. You have seen my profile and I shall indeed remain grateful if you could kindly continue to guide me. Regards and Best Wishes

  35. Hi Esther, just to let you know that I nominated you for #Girllove blog award, here’s the link to find out more, (no need to participate unless you’d like to,) : https://kyrosmagica.wordpress.com/2016/01/11/girllove-blog-challenge/

  36. frenchc1955 says:

    Hi,
    I have nominated you for a Blogger’s Appreciation Award. The information follows:

    https://charlesfrenchonwordsreadingandwriting.wordpress.com/2016/02/17/blogger-appreciation-award-ii/

  37. GeorgieMoon says:

    I just found your blog by accident, via The Reader, I’m quite new to blogging, but love writing. I’ve written articles for Your Cat, too! I have mostly written articles for the UK Sailing Magazines, (as I live on a yacht in Greece and float around the Greek islands). However, I’m trying to pluck up courage and submit articles to womens’ magazines. So maybe I can pick your brains?
    I’m looking forward to reading more about you.

    • esthernewton says:

      Hi Georgie, pleased to meet you! I’m glad you’ve found this useful. Do send your work out – you’ve done really well to gain publication in Your Cat. You can build on this 🙂

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  39. thatssojacob says:

    Hi Esther! Just strolling around the blogosphere looking for some interesting blogs to follow; I enjoyed reading your blog, come visit mine when you get a chance at http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com and if you like it, follow me back! I’m hoping to reach a wider audience. Thanks and have a good one!

  40. Viki Allerston says:

    Hello Esther, I seem to be really suffering from Friday 13th! I loved Rachel’s story on your Friday Blog. Twice I’ve tried to leave her a positive response but it doesn’t seem to be passed to her. I had no problem at all with Adam Dixon, so I don’t think the fault lies this end. I also had problems downloading `The Siege’. Tried again this morning, no problems at all. look forward to reading it.
    Please let Rachel know her story was very good and enjoyed by this follower.
    Regards,
    Viki Allerston

  41. Stella says:

    As Joel Osteen says, sometimes what seems like a “setback” is really a “set up” for something SO Good!

  42. patgarcia says:

    Esther,
    It’s me again. I have a question regarding the Weekly Challenge and could not find the answer on the internet. Do you have a submission guideline for the Weekly Writing Challenge? Do I submit with my name on the document? Is it suppose to be double spaced?
    I’d like to know because I wanted to submit today.
    Thanks for your prompt reply.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Patricia

    • veronica allerston says:

      Hello Esther,

      Thank you for using me as your Guest Writer at the end of last month. It coincided with Magnet magazine printing one of my short stories – fingers crossed for a third! You said you have had some favourable comments. Where can I access them? It’s always good to get feedback.

      I hope you had a good holiday in Dubai. While I was away I read `The Siege’ which I enjoyed immensely – with a box of tissues beside me in some cases!

      I was stunned by the story of `Bubbles.’ In 2007, when I started my novel `Circles’, I wrote a chapter that was very similar – even down to the name of the fish! This is the novel that I am just getting back to writing. I will send you a copy of that chapter with my next Writers Bureau assignment. then you can tell me whether I need to re-write it entirely or whether it would still be ok to use it as it is.

      I have been following Adam Dixon’s Blog since he took the April Blog challenge. What a success! Do you think I should start a blog myself? I can’t imagine what I’d put in it or whether anyone would want to read about the boring details of my life. I have a couple of friends who have them and to be honest they are so dull I tend not to read them. I’d value your suggestions.

      Warmest regards,

      Viki Allerston

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  45. nestmadden says:

    As you know Esther I’m really new to the to the writing community, Your blog has been a wonderful help in pushing me in the right direction. It has opened up a whole new vista I never new existed. Thank you.

  46. Simon says:

    I had no idea how talented you were Esther, that’ll teach me for not looking up blogs more. It also means I need to have a good look through you blog and pick up all the hints and tips that I can! 🙂

  47. Rick Amitin says:

    You were so kind to like a post on my blog “Come Fly With Me: I would cherish any insight you could share about my blog. I’m viewing your site to learn about you and what you do. Thank you so much for connecting.

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