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‘How to’ books & ebooks

NEW: A Guide to Getting Published in UK Poetry Magazines, 2nd edition (Telltale Press, 2020, limited edition update to my 2018 booklet which sold out in a couple of months)

Get More Out Of Twitter (ebook, 2017) – The second ebook in a series aimed at making social media simple. Maximise your time on Twitter with a social media dashboard, empower yourself with stats, find topics and people that matter to you, creative uses for Twitter and more.

How to Use Twitter (ebook, 2016) – 40 pages of all the basics you need to know from scratch. Great for Twitter newbies or if you tried it once but didn’t get it. Step-by step instructions, screenshots, insider tips and examples of really good Tweeters to emulate.

The Golden Rules of Blogging (and when to break them) (Ilex Press / F+W, 2015)

Blogging for Writers (Ilex Press / F+W, 2014) – an illustrated ‘how-to’ manual for writers wanting to blog, with examples and advice from the world’s successful writer-bloggers.

Blogging for Creatives (Ilex Press / F+W, 2012) – an illustrated ‘how-to’ for artists, makers, photographers and anyone wanting to build a beautiful blog. Loads of screenshots and advice from successful bloggers.


New montage of how-to books by Robin Houghton


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A bit of history

I’ve been writing features and articles for around thirty years; it started when I approached a local paper (The Banbury Guardian) with an idea for a fitness column. I later took this to local radio where I had a regular slot discussing fitness and reviewing exercise videos (remember them??)

When I started my marketing business in 2002 I started writing articles about using the internet in business, email marketing and online communications. My work was published in a variety of print journals including Arts Professional, Classical Music, Caterer & Hotelkeeper, Friday Ad, Marketing and Market Leader, and extensively online.

Since about 2012 I’ve been increasingly less interested and involved in marketing, and more in poetry and writing. So although during this time I wrote three books on blogging and two ‘how to’ ebooks about Twitter, I no longer write articles on marketing topics.

Recent work

‘Massive Violins’ – interview with Ruth Chatto, Viva Lewes December 2019

‘Brighton Philharmonic’ – interview with Nicolas Chisholm, Viva Lewes & Viva Brighton, November 2019

‘Lapwing Festival – music in the coastguards cottages’ – interview with Anthony Albrecht, Viva Lewes & Viva Brighton, August 2019

‘Making the cut: on submitting to poetry magazines’, The Author June 2019

‘Six tips for submitting to poetry magazines,’ The Author blog, June 2019

‘Freedom of expression’ – a look at the poetry blogosphere, Envoi, June 2019

‘Chineke! More than just an orchestra’ – interview with Chi-chi Nwanoku, Viva Brighton May 2019

‘Thomas Carroll and the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra’ – interview, Viva Brighton January 2019

‘Brighton Early Music Festival: Early music, contemporary themes’ – interview with Deborah Roberts, Viva Brighton November 2018

‘Classical Roundup’ – a monthly listings column for Viva Lewessince October 2018

Plus poetry book reviews for Envoi and The Frogmore Papers.




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