Category Archives: How to get published

7 years to publication, 7 things I’ve learned

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Isabel Costello’s debut novel Paris Mon Amour was released in June 2016 in digital and audiobook. She also hosts the Literary Sofa blog, where you can find her selection of recommended Summer Reads 2016.  Isabel attended the The Writers’ Workshop … Continue reading

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How to self-publish books on Amazon

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How to self-publish your book on Amazon (the ultimate guide) Self-Publishing – How to Make a Living An Overview of Effective Self-Publishing Write a Good Book Create a Strong Cover Prepare Your ‘Look Inside’ Material Prepare Your End Material Format … Continue reading

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If you are what you eat then minds are certainly what they read. No matter in what direction your tastes lean, all the novels you’ve consumed impact, not only on what, but how, you experience our world. Obviously, most writers … Continue reading

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17 Tips on how to commission your ebook cover design

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If you are planning to e-publish your book on Amazon and elsewhere, one of the biggest questions you’ll face is how to commission a cover that will sell your story, or non-fiction book, as hard and as effectively as possible. … Continue reading

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Giants hitting each other with hammers

Some thoughts from Harry Bingham, an author published by both Hachette and Amazon … Unless you’ve been off on a long space voyage, you will have noticed the furore surrounding the contract dispute between Amazon and Hachette. The precise nature … Continue reading

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The Future of Book Publishing – some predictions

Over the years, there have been countless bold (and sometimes barmy) predictions about the future of the publishing industry – and of course the industry is still evolving at a rate unprecedented since Guttenberg first looked at a wine press … Continue reading

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Routes to publication – writers share their thoughts

In a recent post on this blog, the bestselling and critically acclaimed author, William Kowalski explained why he has chosen to self-publish his most recent novel. I rather expected the post to attract some interest, and so it did. What … Continue reading

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Win a free cover design!

Are you about to publish your new book, either online or in print as well? And are you one of those unfortunate authors with no graphic design expertise to call your own? If so, this is the comp for you. … Continue reading

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Festival Success: A guest post from Deborah Install on how our Friday Night Live comp put her on the path to a six figure book deal.

I’d been to the Festival twice before, but this year (2013) was the first year I would be taking something I really believed I could market. So when I received an email saying I’d been selected to read out on … Continue reading

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Brave New World – landfall report

I mentioned a while back that I was planning to sell my backlist as ebooks in the US where, for the most part, they never sold to a traditional publisher. And – the deed is done. My first book became … 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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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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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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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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J.K. Rowling eats the universe?

There’s an interesting (if gloomy) article 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 as … Continue reading

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