Category Archives: How to get published

Who are you? (We’ve got the answers).

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A little while back, we asked you about you. What made you write. What you wrote. What you expect from your writing. And what holds you back. And here are the answers. I guess that most users of this site … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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How to Self-Publish – Phase 3: Marketing

We’re publishing (in three easy chunks) a really useful guide to self-publishing by digital guru David Gaughran. He blogs here and his book, Let’s Get Digital, is available from Amazon and other fine e-providers. This final part of the guide … Continue reading

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How to Self-Publish – Phase 2: Uploading

We’re publishing (in three easy chunks) a really useful guide to self-publishing by digital guru David Gaughran. He blogs here and his book, Let’s Get Digital, is available from Amazon and other fine e-providers. This second part of the guide … Continue reading

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How to Self-Publish – Phase 1: Preparation

We’re publishing (in three easy chunks) a really useful guide to self-publishing by digital guru David Gaughran. He blogs here and his book, Let’s Get Digital, is available from Amazon and other fine e-providers. This opening part of the guide … Continue reading

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The S*** Agents and Editors Say

Following a new secret programme from the WW’s Special Ops department, we’ve been able to implant video cameras into highly trained cockroaches … and have released those roaches into the offices of the most influential editors & agents in New … Continue reading

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Roll over, Stephenie Meyer

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Stephenie Who? WW client Tim O’Rourke is now as close as kiss-my-hand to toppling the Queen of Vampires off her perch. The image (left) is taken straight from Amazon’s website – it’s the Kindle bestseller chart for “Children’s Love and … Continue reading

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Magic Slippers – Part 2 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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Simon Whaley on why rejection is compulsory.

Simon Whaley is the author of ten non-fiction books, including his latest: The Positively Productive Writer. His first book, One Hundred Ways For A Dog To Train Its Human (Hodder & Stoughton) spent 4 weeks on the UK bestseller lists … Continue reading

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How I became a Kindle Bestseller

Publishing direct via the Kindle is increasingly becoming a sensible option for new writers. One of our clients, Tim O’Rourke, succeeded in becoming a #1 bestseller within his category by taking that exact route. In just four months, he has … Continue reading

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Magic Slippers 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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I was blind, but – Guest Post from Shelley Harris

Shelley Harris won the Friday night competition at the Festival of Writing 2010, spent the weekend being wooed by numerous agents – and ended up with a wonderful book deal with Weidenfeld & Nicolson, after a hotly contested auction. Her … Continue reading

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