It was 2013. Summer. I was a nervous management consultant who had once, a long time ago, been an English student. I was opening The Writers’ Workshop report on the draft of my first novel. I’d sent it off for … Continue reading
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When is a book ‘not Asian enough’? There’s been a lot of discussion about diversity in publishing lately – a lot of people lament the fact that there aren’t enough diverse characters in fiction. There is diversity in the people … Continue reading
Friday 27th May: Showing and Telling and Storytelling. With Andrew Wille, Jo Unwin and Jenny Savill. Show, don’t tell – or so we’re told. But once upon a time we told stories, didn’t we? And in practice, any successful piece … Continue reading
Virginia Moffat came to the Festival of Writing in 2012 – here is her story: In 2012, I booked myself a place on the York Festival of Writing. As a busy working parent, it can be difficult for me to … Continue reading
Breaking the Glass Slipper: Women in science fiction, fantasy, and horror I have long been entrenched in the SFF fandom in the UK, consuming as much content as I could get my hands on, talking to everyone who would listen … Continue reading
When I went to my very first Get Published event with the Writer’s Workshop, way back in 2012, my publishing dream seemed to be just that – a dream that I’d had for a long time that had very little … Continue reading
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Where Do You Get Your Ideas From? Alongside ‘are your characters based on real people?’, ‘don’t all writers earn shed-loads of money?’ and if, like me, you are in the rom com market: ‘would you like to write a proper … Continue reading
My Experience of the Festival of Writing. In 2013 I attended the Festival of Writing in York. That was the year I realised that nothing could protect me from the siren call of scribbling stories for a living so I’d … Continue reading
by Anne Corlett 2012 wasn’t my first visit to the The Writers’ Workshop Festival of Writing. I’d attended in 2011, clutching the unedited manuscript of my first novel, Telemachus. It had been about ten years since I’d made any serious … Continue reading
Diversity in publishing – another low. We invited a guest blog recently on the woeful absence of diversity in publishing. Our sister site, Agent Hunter, published data on ethnic diversity among literary agents that suggests perhaps only 2-3% of the industry … Continue reading
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(Subtitle: What would Google do?) (Series title: A spam-filled, junk-rich, keyword-dense post of suspense, intrigue, mystery and spam, spam, spam, spam, spam.) You know the issue. You enter a perfectly ordinary search term into Amazon – a term that seeks a quality … Continue reading
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Diversity in publishing has been a hot topic in industry for some time, not least because we had a good old yell about it over on Agent Hunter. But, despite some much overdue attention, very little has changed. Publishing was and … Continue reading
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A week ago we posted a blog from Guest Poster, David Lieder of Author Wing. In that post, he made the claim that Kindle Direct – the Amazon self-pub platform – was no longer the best platform for indie authors. … Continue reading
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Most Writers’ Workshop clients want, as a primary goal, to get an agent and then a traditional publisher – and as you probably know, we’re quite good at helping people do just that. But these days, more than ever, writers … Continue reading
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I’d had a couple of short stories published in magazines and one book anthology (Woven Tale Press, Chief Ed Sandra Tyler), I’d been Shortlisted for the Fish short story prize, I’d written reviews, mostly for the Empathy Library. But my … Continue reading