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 typically:

  • highly experienced
  • recently published
  • and allied with big publishing.

We had over 800 responses and got some damned interesting responses back. You should really truly take a look at that Agent Hunter post but, to get you salivating, just take a look at these little lovelies:

Our comment: not surprising, but a very impressive performance. Well done trad publishing!

Our comment: Yikes! This is not so great. And other questions on communications / marketing were also dispiriting.

Our comment: not nearly good enough. We hope this improves!

Our comment: this data is for agented authors only and goes to show that agents are on the whole doing a terrific job. It also goes to show that authors are perfectly capable of being content . . . but that publishers have a good bit further to go before they earn that author loyalty.

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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 about.

survey-buttonThis survey is a joint venture between Agent Hunter, our sister site, and Jane Friedman in the US. Our aim is simply to get the most authoritative possible view of the industry from the perspective of the author.

We have no agenda except discovering the truth.

We will publish the results when we close the survey (towards the end of March.)

The survey is open to all authors who have published traditionally (including, for example, with an academic press or a digital-only publisher), whether or not they have also self-published.

Thank you for participating!

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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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And we’re live for another year – Criminal Lines 2015 is officially… open!!

Criminal Lines 2015 Dust off your pens laptops murder weapons… Criminal Lines is back for 2015!   Last year AM Heath in association with The Writers’ Workshop launched Criminal Lines, a crime-writing prize open to unagented, debut authors, born or … Continue reading

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SHARP OBJECTS & CURIOUS PLACES: WHERE DO NOVELS COME FROM? A guest post from author Claire Dyer

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Claire Dyer’s poetry collection, Eleven Rooms, is published by Two Rivers Press. Her novels The Moment and The Perfect Affair and her short story, Falling for Gatsby, are published by Quercus. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Royal … Continue reading

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Big Publishing and Me (13): All done rebooting

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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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