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How does Instafreebie work?

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So, what is Instafreebie? Instafreebie (here) is a site that gives e-books away free to anyone who wants them. That sounds nice for readers, but not great for authors, except that the giveaway comes with a sweet little wrinkle. Because, … Continue reading

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On never giving up (aka Getting an Agent!)

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Looking to get published? Guest author Mandy Berriman shares with us how she hooked her literary agent and the importance of never giving up. I went to a family wedding earlier this year. At our places at dinner, we each … Continue reading

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Austin Macauley: our opinion

In our previous post on Austin Macauley, we asked some serious questions about the firm in an attempt to understand whether this is a good and innovative firm adding value to its authors or whether, in effect, it’s just an … Continue reading

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Austin Macauley: some questions

If the Writers’ Workshop has a defining philosophy, then it’s this: We are always on the side of the book. We are always on the side of the writer. With books, we want them to be as good as they … Continue reading

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The Whole World – in a Box

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We at the Writers’ Workshop want lots of things. We want to have some fun, to organise superfabulous events, to see people get agented and published – but most of all, the thing we love best in the world is … Continue reading

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The Rule of Law: an open letter to Liz Truss

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***Looking for a post about writing and getting published? Sorry! This post is on a different subject altogether. Normal service will be resumed soon. *** Dear Lord Chancellor, I’m Harry Bingham, a crime novelist and the eldest son of the … Continue reading

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How to design an ebook (or: a letter to a ghost)

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We were recently haunted by a ghost that smelled of copy-ink and tweed and pipe-smoke. We noticed that the poor dear felt a bit forlorn because it wasn’t too sure how to lay out its ebooks, so we thought we … Continue reading

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Defending the value of the book (aka: Don’t piss on Shakespeare)

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Just back from a glorious, glorious Festival of Writing. Still in recovery today, so here’s a short post summarising one particular theme of the event. When publishers deliberately injure authors A lot of traditionally published authors I spoke to at … Continue reading

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#FoW16: WINNER OF THE GOAT BURSARY ANNOUNCED!

THE GOAT BURSARY launched on 1st August 2016: a bursary for an unpublished writer in need of financial support to attend the Festival of Writing. An overwhelming 250 writers applied. Joanna Cannon, along with her agent Sue Armstrong, judged the … Continue reading

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THE ROAD TO PUBLICATION VIA THE FESTIVAL OF WRITING(again) a Guest Post from by Barry Kirwan

Having published in science fiction, I wanted to write a thriller with a scuba diving context, as it’s my other passion. As usual, I took my manuscript to the Writers Workshop Festival o f Writing at York in September 2015. … Continue reading

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WRITING WHEN NO ONE IS LOOKING – A guest post from Jon Appleton, ex Editorial Director of Hodder and now author

As a writer, you know that readers are out there. You know what keeps the pages turning, because you’re a reader yourself, so the success that others enjoy should be within reach. But sometimes, when publication feels elusive, readers can … Continue reading

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Patience, Perseverance & Passion: A guest post from Tor Udall

As this year’s Festival of Writing draws near, I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be judging the Best Opening Chapter competition with my fabulous agent, Jenny Savill. I wonder who will be in the shortlist and what … Continue reading

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Author marketing tips: 10 simple things that you can do

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You’ve written a book. You’ve got it all the way through production, either with the help of a traditional publisher or on your own, via self-pub. And all that seemed like plenty of effort, did it not? You’d think that … Continue reading

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The Life-Changing Festival of Writing a Guest Blog from Roz Watkins

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Roz attended the 2015 Festival of Writing. Whilst walking our dog in the Peak District, I found myself wondering what it would be like to discover a corpse. This, together with a long-suppressed desire to kill off some of my … Continue reading

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Exciting Festival of Writing News: Announcing THE GOAT BURSARY AWARD

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FoW16: THE GOAT BURSARY In the (many) interviews I’ve done since THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP was published, one question seems to come up again and again: Our readers would love to know: are you a sheep or a … Continue reading

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