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Meet the Agents: Louise Buckley

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After 6 years working as an editor for the likes of Pan Macmillan and Dorling Kindersley publishers, Louise Buckley sought the freedom of representing authors at all stages of their publishing journey. In 2016, she became a literary agent with Zeno Agency. Although Zeno … Continue reading

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How to ensure this is the year you get an agent

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Those first few days of January make everything seems possible. Finishing your book. Getting a literary agent. Then, by mid-January, something will happen that will make that seem less doable. It’s usually something life-related, but it can also be hitting a wall … Continue reading

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How to write for a new audience

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Guest blogger and award-winning children’s author Brian Keaney has a vast and remarkable collection of both fiction and non-fiction literature to his name. In this blog post, Brian shares his experience of writing for adults after three decades as a successful children’s author. … Continue reading

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How to Self-Publish an E-Book – and why you ought to do it

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We’re storytellers, right, so I’ll start out with a story. The story is true, and has been life-changing for me. Follow some of the advice in this post, and your life might change too. In a very, very good way. … Continue reading

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How I got published: Elisa Lodato

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Guest author and blogger Elisa Lodato is author of An Unremarkable Body. Here Elisa describes how, with some help from one of our editors, she took her story from pen and paper to published novel. In the spring of 2015 … Continue reading

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7 top tips for writing gripping thrillers

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With numerous successful novels to her name, guest author and blogger Eve Seymour has cemented herself as a master of the thriller genre. In this blog, she shares her secrets on how to write those novels you just can’t put … Continue reading

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How to learn the market you write for: Young Adult (YA) fiction

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Something to be conscious of as a fiction writer is the market for which you write. Young Adult (or YA) fiction isn’t a genre, but it’s a defined label in publishing, typically considered for readers aged 12-18 (though this too … Continue reading

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How to self-edit your draft

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Your draft is finished. It’s both a high and a process reaching this point, so congratulations! Self-editing – being able to deconstruct your draft – is the next natural part of writing and is vital in getting your novel elevated … Continue reading

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How to organise writing projects

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A key part of novel-writing is rewriting, revising, editing, and reediting, so organising writing becomes a skill in producing your final, polished manuscript. Here’s how to organise a book writing project. Step 1: Collate fragments into one writing space Consolidate … Continue reading

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How to write a wonderful picture book

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From Allan Ahlberg to Dr Seuss, picture books matter because they create the foundations of a child’s reading life – and you never know what a difference your own book could make. Once upon a bicycle, so they say, a … Continue reading

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Writing your draft: how to finish a novel

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One of the hardest things about finishing a novel – before you think about ideas, characters, or plotting – is finding time and confidence with all those words to write. Maybe writing a novel seems like a mammoth task, a … Continue reading

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Writing your draft: how to write seven basic plots

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One of the trickiest things about first drafts is how to write a plot for your novel that really grips your readers. Knowing the key plot archetypes can help you get going, so we’re looking at the prospective seven basic … Continue reading

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Writing your draft: how to write drama in narrative

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Choosing the right point of view for your novel has an impact on its dramatic effect. Drama can make a vital difference to how a story unfurls, how it’s told, and how it moves its readers. In essence, though, how … Continue reading

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Writing your draft: how to write characters (not clichés)

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Characters bring life and drama to plot. You may have rich, compelling material for a dramatic plot, but if we’re not interested in spending time with your protagonist, and not invested in their journey and character arc, plot action is … Continue reading

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Writing your draft: how to have ideas and beat writer’s block

If you’re on the cusp of a first or a new writing project, congratulations! You’ve bought into the most fun and exciting stage of novel-writing, the invention stage. A blank page needn’t strike terror into your heart, or bring on … Continue reading

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