Monthly Archives: March 2012

Columbia Pictures? Piss off!

A strange thing happened to me yesterday. Got an email from an exec at Columbia Pictures. (That executive in reality: probably a spotty twenty-two year old crammed into a small desk next to the copying machine. That executive in fantasy: … Continue reading

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Recommended Reading for Writers by Gary Gibson

Gary Gibson is the author of six science fiction novels for Pan Macmillan, the latest of which, Final Days, was published in August. The sequel, The Thousand Emperors, will be published in 2012. He lives in Glasgow, Scotland. Every time … Continue reading

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The Slithering Child 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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On Creating Sympathetic Characters by William Kowalski

A Guest Blog from William Kowalski. William’s most recent book is Something Noble (Orca/Raven), a Rapid Read for Reluctant Readers. Language is a living, organic thing, and words have a habit of shifting meaning over time.  This is precisely what … Continue reading

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Do you love your publisher?

This survey is now closed to responses. Our deep thanks to all who contributed. [Comment added Sunday 20 May.] As the industry evolves, it has become possible – arguably for the first time in history – for authors to detach … Continue reading

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Internal Vs. External Conflict by Gary Gibson

Gary Gibson is the author of six science fiction novels for Pan Macmillan, the latest of which, Final Days, was published in August. The sequel, The Thousand Emperors, will be published in 2012. He lives in Glasgow, Scotland. What is … Continue reading

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Taking emotional possession of your characters by Julia Hamilton

Julia Hamilton is the author of six novels, most recently Forbidden Fruits and Other People’s Rules, both from HarperCollins. Before those, Julia published with Penguin (A Pillar of Society, The Good Catholic, and After Flora) and Collins / Flamingo (The … Continue reading

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Are you going to be OK on the Underground?

In a feisty – nay, combative – piece for the Guardian, the author Anthony Horowitz wrote: I remember my first meeting at Walker Books. The first question they asked me – and I swear this is true – was what … Continue reading

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Fidgeting your way to a novel

Keen followers of this blog, if such there be, will have noticed that we’ve had a bit of a pause recently. Three weeks or so without a post. That’s been for a couple of reasons. The first is that we’ve … Continue reading

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Distractions by Sam Jordison

A Guest Blog from Sam Jordison. Sam has been earning a living as a writer since the year 2000. He is the author of five books (including the best-selling Crap Towns and Sod That! : 103 Things Not To Do … Continue reading

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