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A Guest Post from Novelist Allie Spencer. Where Do You Get Your Ideas From?

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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

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Bless their pretty brown heads

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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Amazon, spam and the biggest slushpile in history.

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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 (clue: it would be quite nice)

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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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Is Kindle Direct (KDP) still the best self-publishing platform?

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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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How To Self-Publish Successfully: 10 Things People Are Told – truth or myth?

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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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Jo Ely: How The Writers’ Workshop helped ‘Stone Seeds’

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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

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Reading for others: one writer’s experience

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There are loads of techniques for improving your writing (and, crucially, self-editing) ability. One such technique is critiquing other writers’ work – normally, though not always, on a reciprocal basis. As anyone who’s used the Writers’ Workshop editorial services knows, … Continue reading

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4 Lessons to Learn from Self-published Bestsellers

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What follows is a guest post from Sarah Juckes at self-pub outfit Completely Novel. More on her and her company at the bottom of this post. For now, just plunge right in. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt whilst working … Continue reading

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Writers in conversation: Steve Cavanagh and Luca Veste

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We’re running a new, occasional series of writers in conversation. We ask those writers to talk about things of mutual interest to them, but otherwise don’t set parameters for those conversations at all. Steve Cavanagh is a human rights lawyer … Continue reading

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Become A Published Author With Ease: 5 Top Tips For Self-Publishing

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Thought being a profitable Self-Published Author was only for professional marketeers? Think again! It is rapidly becoming a really viable option for anyone who is prepared to learn the secrets to Self-Publishing success. In 2016 The Writers’ Workshop is launching … Continue reading

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Taking on Melville: a guest post by Naomi Williams

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Worried about entering a genre that’s already dense with Great Writers of the past and present? Naomi Williams encountered just that challenge with her debut novel, Landfalls, a work of historical fiction. Here’s her account of how she overcame it … Continue reading

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Lochlan Bloom: How The Writers’ Workshop critique helped my novel find a publisher

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We always love to hear about our clients’ success stories, and here Lochlan Bloom has written an article so that you can read about his success too.  – The Writers’ Workshop There are numerous articles out there about how to … Continue reading

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Writers in conversation: Simon Toyne and John Martin

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We’re running a new, occasional series of writers in conversation. We ask those writers to talk about things of mutual interest to them, but otherwise don’t set parameters for those conversations at all. John is a non-fiction writer about crime … Continue reading

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Supporting characters in fiction: how to make yours strong, memorable and useful

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This is a guest post by William Ryan, and is an excerpt, expanded and adapted, from the book that William co-wrote with M.R. Hall on Writing Crime Fiction. I’ve seen the book and I think it’s terrific – short, clear, … Continue reading

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