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Amanda Saint: How the Writers’ Workshop helped me write a novel that got a publisher

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Recently I had my dream come true of getting a publisher for my debut novel. Once I’d calmed down enough to start making some sense again one of the first things I did was email the team at the Writers’ … Continue reading

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How to build a writing habit. A guest post from Bec Evans

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How to build a writing habit I first met novelist Rosie Garland ten years after she’d started writing fiction. With four and a half completed novels – none of which had had been published – she was on the verge … Continue reading

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Me and My Literary Agent – Getting an Agent and the Deal you Really Want

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Those who have been to the Festival of Writing will know James Law – the author of this guest post – very well. Here James tells us about his journey to the top and what it took for him to … Continue reading

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Kerry Fisher: My top five reasons for coming to the Festival of Writing.

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Kerry Fisher is doing a workshop with her agent, Clare Wallace from Darley Anderson, about the all-important agent/author relationship at this year’s Festival of Writing. Kerry knows about life on both sides of the publishing fence. Her debut novel, The … Continue reading

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Social media & social reading – an author’s view

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A guest post by M.K. Tod author and blogger at A Writer of History. A longer bio (with links) follows at the end of this piece We’ve been socializing over reading for centuries, book clubs being one example, salons being … Continue reading

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How to create characters in a novel

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Today’s pearls of wisdom come from Cal Moriarty: a novelist and screenwriter, the only European screenwriter chosen for the prestigious Hollywood Blacklist Labs through which she is developing her feature Katherine & Virginia. Her debut novel, The Killing of Bobbi … Continue reading

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How crime writers can research police procedure

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This is a guest post from crime author and former police officer, Clare Mackintosh. Clare’s I Let You Go is published in paperback by Sphere today. Whether you’re a published crime writer or an aspiring one, you’ll need to know … Continue reading

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The future of Ebook prices: a history lesson from the app industry

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Fergus McNeill – thriller author and app developer – has spent years watching the app industry race to the bottom on pricing. Here are his thoughts on what that experience can teach us about ebook pricing. Fergus’s most recent thriller, … Continue reading

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What authors really think of their publishers

Our sister site, Agent Hunter, has just published the fruits of its 800+ author survey. You can see the full write up here, and obtain the full dataset here. The authors concerned were 40% British/Irish, 60% North American. They were … Continue reading

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Why you don’t need a big idea to start your novel

Anyone who’s ever published a novel has had, or will have, this experience: you’ll be at a party, or some other public gathering, and someone you barely know will approach you and say, “So you’re a writer. I’ve an idea … Continue reading

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Social Media for Writers: Puzzles & Solutions

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Our guest-blogger today is Laurence O’Bryan – a novelist with HarperCollins (more) but also a pioneer in the field of using social media for book promotion. His BooksGoSocial site offers a range of promotional tools to help (primarily) self-pub work … Continue reading

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Do you love your publisher? A survey

Are you a traditionally published author? Would you like the opportunity to say clearly and in detail what you do and don’t like about traditional publishing? Then please complete our survey which asks about everything you’ve always wanted to talk … Continue reading

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Big Publishing and Me (16): Some further reflections

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I’m Harry Bingham. I’ve never previously written in detail about my adventures in the land of publishing, but here it is: the full story. I hope it’s of interest. These blog posts are timed to coincide with the release of … Continue reading

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Big Publishing and Me (15): Reflections, reflections

I’m Harry Bingham. I’ve never previously written in detail about my adventures in the land of publishing, but here it is: the full story. I hope it’s of interest. These blog posts are timed to coincide with the release of … Continue reading

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Big Publishing and Me (14): Tilting at windmills

I’m Harry Bingham. I’ve never previously written in detail about my adventures in the land of publishing, but here it is: the full story. I hope it’s of interest. These blog posts are timed to coincide with the release of … Continue reading

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