An exciting opportunity!

Are you an aspiring author? Would you like some help polishing your writing? Do you want to find out more about the Holy Grail of getting published? Maybe you'd like to receive some mentoring from a published author, someone with experience both as a teacher and as a writer, someone who could give you the benefit of supportive criticism to help your development as a writer?

If you've answered 'yes' to any of the above questions, then you might be interested in our special offer. You'll have heard, no doubt, of Tiny Acorns, the course anthology of new writing that was generated by the e-course offered by Tim Atkinson last year. What you might not realise is that the entire course - all ten lessons - in printed in the book as an Appendix. Now when the course first ran, students were allocated to on-line peer mentoring groups where they could submit their work and receive feedback from their fellow students. But although the course includes all the writing exercises that the would-be authors did, there isn't really any way of getting the same kind of feedback on them. Until now. Because Tim has generously offered to take ten lucky authors under his wing and provide e-coaching to them as they work their way through his writing course. This offer is open to anyone who buys a copy of Tiny Acorns direct from us (and not through Amazon or Lulu) during the month of February. In addition to making your purchase here, you'll need to send us an email ( informing us that you'd like to participate. Clearly not everyone who buys the anthology in February will want or need such free tuition. But if you do, then simply buy a copy of the book, and let us know. It's as simple as that. And if you know somebody who you think would appreciate such help, then let them know. Or maybe even buy them a copy of the book!

Good luck!

*Offer open to ten purchasers of the anthology 'Tiny Acorns' when bought direct from Dotterel Press during February 2011 and who follow the creative writing course as printed in the book's Appendix. This offer includes personal feedback on each on the course units (one per unit) plus general advice and support on various aspects of the student's writing. At the end of the sessions, the student will receive a report based on the progress they've made together with an action-plan detailing the steps the student should consider taking following the successful completion of the study programme. If more than ten qualifying entries are received, the offer will be available to the first ten purchasers drawn at random on March 1st 2011.


  1. As a publisher, you should do a much better job of proof-reading your postings prior to releasing them. I sincerely hope that your more diligent with your actual publications. You owe that much to your readers, your authors and yourselves.

  2. Is this offer open to aspiring authors from other countries? I'm a brazilian studant, and this offer is what I've been looking for...

  3. Uhh, Mr. uncollecting... As a poster, you should do a much better job of proof-reading your postings. Note: "I sincerely hope that YOUR more diligent..." Tsk tsk.

  4. Fair comment and apologies for my error, however I am not in the publishing business where this should be second nature to an organization such as Dotterel Press. Looks like a great opportunity but I lose confidence when I see errors. I hope that I am wrong.

    Best of luck.

  5. @Uncollecting- This is a blog post, not a published book. There is room in the world for "informal writing." Your unsolicited and rather nasty commentary really isn't helpful.

  6. I think what uncollecting said is a perfectly valid point. Proofreading is important whether you're posting something online or in print, especially if your profession is literary in one way or another. Neither of his or her comments was rude or in any other way "nasty".


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