Category Archives: How to get published

Wither and Where?

Yes, yes, I know you’ve heard all this before, but the publishing market is undergoing extraordinary change. More now, than at any time for the last 500 years. For the first half of 2012, adult fiction sales are down 17% … Continue reading

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Talking to the Dead … a post-publication report

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The remarkable thing about publishing a book is that almost nothing happens. In the old days, of course, you started to find your book popping up in bookshops. Even then, there were weird absences. Major bookshops which had unquestionably ordered … Continue reading

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You’ve written a book: a plea for indie publishing

In the comments to an earlier blog, Lexi Revellian (an independently published author) and Gary Gibson (a traditionally published author and a wonderful WW editor to boot) had a debate about whether indie publishing of traditional publishing represented the better … Continue reading

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The Crabbit Old Bat gets her whip out

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For me, this summer has marked the end of one major journey and the start of another. The start involves Talking To The Dead (which, 36 hours after publication, has just had its first 5-star review on Amazon. And bless … Continue reading

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What rough beast?

Strange times, hard times. My book Talking to the Dead launches today. It’s the best book I’ve ever written. It’ll appeal to you if you enjoy crime – and if you don’t normally read crime, well, this is much more … Continue reading

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Stagefright

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It’s a curious business, this writing game. In two days’ time, my Talking To The Dead is launched. And it’s at this point that things gets scary. Ordinary readers think the book game works like this. Publishers publish something. It … Continue reading

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The Doll Makers: a tortuous route to publication – A Guest Blog from Penny Grubb

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The Doll Makers: a tortuous route to publication Of all the novels I’ve written since I decided to become a novelist the one I love best is The Doll Makers. It isn’t only that it won a CWA Dagger, though … Continue reading

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Why it’s hard to get published

There’s an excellent article here by Francesca Main, a very good & nice editor, who also just happens to be one of the lovely people coming to our Festival of Writing. The article is worth reading in full – it … Continue reading

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Our biggest ever competition

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We’re now just four weeks away from the launch of my Talking to the Dead. This is the best book I’ve ever written and the only one that has ever completely possessed me – so much so, that I more … Continue reading

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Do you love your publisher? The results of our survey

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A few weeks ago, The Writers’ Workshop launched a survey, open only to professional authors, entitled Do You Love Your Publisher? We launched this survey because we felt authors were too seldom asked directly for feedback by the industry that’s … Continue reading

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Author Survey: The Data

This post contains all the data gathered from our Do You Love Your Publisher? Survey. That survey was launched on our blog here. It benefitted greatly from the help and support offered by The Society of Authors, The Crime Writers … Continue reading

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I wish I’d known that a year ago…

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Those at the 2011 Festival of Writing will remember Claire McGowan’s instantly gripping opening page (from the Saturday evening competition awards.) She had in fact already just recently secured an agent and a book deal. Here’s what she wishes she’d … Continue reading

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Meeting Fiona

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On June 21, Orion will be publishing my latest novel, TALKING TO THE DEAD. That book is the best book I’ve ever written and the one I’ve most adored writing. In the run up to publication, I’m going to write … Continue reading

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Notes from New York

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I’m writing this from my hotel room in New York – a city where I once spent six months as a twenty-something about to embark on a career as an investment banker. Although I’ve been back occasionally since then, I … Continue reading

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PUNCTUATION 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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