Monthly Archives: January 2012

Literary agents for new or first time authors

We get asked a lot of questions over the course of a month – but perhaps the commonest such question boils down to this: do you know literary agents who are taking on new / first-time writers? And the answer, … Continue reading

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The Blackbird Effect – guest post by John Taylor

Every so often we invite a WW client to give us a “My Path to Publication” type post – in order to make the point that everyone’s path is different and those paths are normally long. Our current invitee, John … Continue reading

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How I became a Kindle Bestseller

Publishing direct via the Kindle is increasingly becoming a sensible option for new writers. One of our clients, Tim O’Rourke, succeeded in becoming a #1 bestseller within his category by taking that exact route. In just four months, he has … Continue reading

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Congratulations

Bloodstained congratulations to Mark Roberts, whose Crimson Harvest has just sold (via Peter Buckman) to Corvus / Atlantic Books. Atlantic is one of the bets-of-breed indies that are doing wonderfully well at the moment. I hope they turn Mark into … Continue reading

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The Key Question by Fay Sampson

A Guest Blog from Fay Sampson. Fay is the author of numerous books for both adults and children. She has been shortlisted three times for the Guardian Children’s Book award, and is winner of the Barco de Vapor award for … Continue reading

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Magic Slippers by Dexter Petley

A Guest Blog from Dexter Petley. Dexter is the acclaimed author of a number of novels: a literary noir whodunnit, Little Nineveh (Polygon 1995), Joyride (Fourth Estate, 1999), and White Lies (Fourth Estate 2003). White Lies was shortlisted for the … Continue reading

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Bake Bread to Improve Your Writing By William Kowalski

A Guest Blog from William Kowalski. William is a novelist, screenwriter, and book reviewer for the Globe and Mail. Since abandoning the hurly-burly of urban life and moving to the country ten years ago, I’ve become ever more engaged in … Continue reading

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How literary agents work – from Conville & Walsh

We’ve had a bit to do with Conville & Walsh over the years – all good things, of course – and it’s a pleasure to reprint the following piece by David Llewelyn, their chief talent scout. We’ve somewhat abridged the … Continue reading

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From good to great – Guest Post from Laura Wilkinson

It’s always lovely to toast the success of WW / Word Cloud alumni. Laura Wilkinson’s BloodMining was one such success – and here she talks about her editing tips. First of all, thanks to Harry for inviting me over here. … Continue reading

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I was blind, but – Guest Post from Shelley Harris

Shelley Harris won the Friday night competition at the Festival of Writing 2010, spent the weekend being wooed by numerous agents – and ended up with a wonderful book deal with Weidenfeld & Nicolson, after a hotly contested auction. Her … Continue reading

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