Category Archives: How to get published

A guest post from Joel Cornah on getting his book published.

I first sent a manuscript to The Writers’ Workshop back in July of 2009. I had just finished university and had written a somewhat unusual story about dinosaurs, dragons, penguins and bears. It was called The Dinosaur Prince and the … Continue reading

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Warning: Attending the Festival Of Writing can seriously change your life. A guest post from Tor Udall

The truth is I was terrified. My comfort zone is a quiet room with only my characters and words for company, so the idea of spending three days with hundreds of writers I didn’t know felt challenging. Apart from having … Continue reading

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A guest blog from WW Client Cathy Bramley ‘My Unconditional Love for The Writers’ Workshop’

When my Amazon parcel arrived I practically ripped it out of the postman’s hands. I opened ‘Writing a novel and getting it published for Dummies’, cast a casual eye over the first three chapters and I was good to go. … Continue reading

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A guest blog from Sam Jordison on the ‘joys’ of getting published.

A few weeks ago, my book Crap Towns Returns was published. I’ve finally – to use a metaphor I used a few months earlier here on the Writers’ Workshop blog – got the ball into the back of the net. I’m … Continue reading

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When indie publishers go traditional

Some of you will have encountered self-published author and digital guru, David Gaughran, at our Festival of Writing. David writes novels, but is perhaps best known for his Let’s Get Digital which remains probably the best guide to e-pub there … Continue reading

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Pause no more: the ‘real’ Fiona Griffiths

At the Festival a couple of years back, I gave a workshop called “The Art of the … Pause”. The theme was the importance of slowing things down. Not holding the plot up exactly – that’s never a good thing … Continue reading

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How To Enter Publishing: a cheat’s guide

A lot of writers have an interest in careers in the publishing industry – and indeed, it’s not at all uncommon for editors to dabble in writing themselves. But securing entry into publishing is as hard as it’s ever been, … Continue reading

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Jodi Taylor: my path to publication

What follows is Jodi Taylor’s guest blog about her path to publication. Do read what follows: Jodi tried the agent route, wasn’t successful (I’m still not sure why not), so published independently with amazing success and emerged at the end … Continue reading

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The future has arrived (in numbers)

For a long time, the question which has dominated publishing is Where does this stop? It’s been clear for some time that ebooks were going to account for a huge chunk of the market – but no one knew how … Continue reading

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A Guest post from Laurence O’Bryan.Traditional Publishing is Dead.

My third novel, The Manhattan Puzzle, will be published by Harper Collins October 10, 2013. But this is not a traditional puff piece about the novel. This is about my experiences being published by a major publisher in the second … Continue reading

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Agent Polly Nolan on this Year’s Greenhouse Funny Prize

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve had the rib-tickling delight of judging entries for the Greenhouse Funny Prize. This is the second year that we’ve held the Prize and once again we were lucky enough to have Leah Thaxton, … Continue reading

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How Not To Write A Bestseller

We recently came across How Not To Write a Bestseller by Walter Ellis, available to e-bookers for a princely £2.99. The book made us laugh and it has some tough and honest points to make. So here’s how the book … Continue reading

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Guest Post – Hilton Pashley on his road to success.

 In a recent email, Harry mentioned to me the importance of luck in the process of getting a manuscript to publication. It’s a funny thing, luck. Regardless of how hard and how well you work at a manuscript, of how … Continue reading

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Book cover cliches

Buzzfeed has a very funny – and observant – piece here on some of the book cover cliches that our bookshops are full of. Very much worth a look. It’s got categories you’d expect (“Woman looking out over water”) together … Continue reading

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On Being a Writer: some reflections

I recently received an email from a writer, who said: I wanted to write to you directly because there’s something I’d be keen to learn from your own personal experience – Did you find, when you first started out writing, … Continue reading

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