Author Archives: Harry

Days, Months, Years

Had we but world enough and time I’m 100,000 words into Fiona Griffiths #4 – a novel which will probably run to some 120,000 words all told. And it’s going well. Not just in word count, but in feel. A … Continue reading

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New season, new look

The WW website has – we know it! – become a little dowdy over the years. What started as a nice new look has become a little too muddled and cluttered as we’ve tried to shove too much in. What’s … Continue reading

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Government bans books for prisoners – let’s get it changed

This blog is apolitical down to the tippiest tips of its tippy-toed toes. But there are, now and again, things that cause us to splutter into our pink gins. Astonishingly, Chris Gayling, the Justice Minister, has decided that prisoners should … Continue reading

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Pip Jones on writing her series of children’s stories about an imaginary kitten called Squishy McFluff.

In August 2012 (having spotted the competition on the Writers Workshop website) Pip Jones won the inaugural Greenhouse Funny Prize, with her series of children’s stories about an imaginary kitten called Squishy McFluff. Two months later, she was offered a … Continue reading

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Strange Birth. Strange Death

Little drumroll, please! This week sees the launch of my third Fiona Griffiths novel: The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths. The book sees Fiona Griffiths going undercover – penetrating a major organised criminal conspiracy in order to destroy it. The … Continue reading

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News Flash: A. M Heath launch a new crime writing prize open to unagented, debut authors.

Criminal Lines AM Heath in association with The Writers’ Workshop are delighted to announce Criminal Lines 2014, a new crime writing prize open to unagented, debut authors, born or resident in the UK and Ireland. If you’ve written a perfect … Continue reading

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Choosing a book cover

OK, folks, now I really, really need your help. I’m planning on launching my back catalogue in the US market, via the Kindle and all that. I’ll talk at some point about how I find that whole experience, but for … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned From the Lost Book Library Part One. A guest post by Richard Blandford

Many assume that having a novel published is a guarantee of immortality, that your work will live on long after you have departed, being perpetually reborn in the minds of successive future generations of readers.  Unfortunately, this isn’t the case … Continue reading

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More on Rejection Letters

Oh dear. Following our recent post about a Futerman & Rose rejection letter, which seemed to be encouraging a client to use the services of the very worst type of vanity publisher, I now learn that the habit runs a … Continue reading

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A Ghost’s Tale

Leigh Ferrani is a ghostwriter, one of whose projects grew out of a commission that came to her via the Writers’ Workshop. Here’s her story of how that commission grew into co-scripting a possible Hollywood film. Oh, and the book … Continue reading

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The unclefts of firststuffs

We all know that English is a magpie language, right? There’s not much of Celtic left in it, to be sure, give or take the odd dolmen or loch. There’s not even as much Viking as you might expect, give … Continue reading

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A rejection letter to avoid

Oh dear. Today, I came across a rejection letter from a, once half-decent, literary agency that ran in full like this: Dear John Many thanks for this. The writing is strong and the storyline intriguing. I have to tell you … Continue reading

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Win a Strange Death

Those nice and capable people over at Orion are giving away a dozen proof copies of my forthcoming THE STRANGE DEATH OF FIONA GRIFFITHS. (That’s the third in the series if you, like me, have troubles keeping count.) All you … Continue reading

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Creative Writing Distance Learning: Is it right for you?

OK, so this is your problem: You want to write but you have a life / a job / two small children / a needy cat / are currently stranded on a small iceberg off the Isles of Spitzbergen. So … Continue reading

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JK Rowling eats the universe

There’s an interesting (if gloomy) article here in the Guardian about the increasingly unbalanced nature of publishing – a world in which the huge mega-sellers dominate and space for ‘midlist’ authors  is ever thinner. The piece quotes agent Jonny Geller … Continue reading

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