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New Year, New Course! READING FOR WRITERS

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If you are what you eat then minds are certainly what they read. No matter in what direction your tastes lean, all the novels you’ve consumed impact, not only on what, but how, you experience our world. Obviously, most writers … Continue reading

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Big Publishing and Me (5): Ctrl-A, Delete (or how not to write a book)

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As you know by now, these blog posts tell the story of my adventures in the land of publishing. As you also know, these posts mark the US release of The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths, a book which Kirkus … Continue reading

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Big Publishing and Me (4): Buying ads & pouring asphalt

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 The … Continue reading

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Big Publishing and Me (3): Maximum confidence, maximum splash

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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 (2): The worst submission package in history

I’m Harry Bingham. I’m currently working on my tenth novel, have also written 4 non-fiction books, and worked as editor/ghost on several other published books.  I’ve never previously written in detail about my adventures in the land of publishing, but … Continue reading

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Big Publishing and Me (1): Prehistory

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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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How to typeset your own book

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A guest post by Sarah Juckes at CompletelyNovel It’s the stuff of writers’ dreams; your double-spaced, A4 sized, agent-ready manuscript turns into a beautiful paperback book; that first line that you agonised over for days, leaping out at the reader; … Continue reading

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Is self-publishing right for you? Talli Roland gives her answer

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We’ve always been open to self-publishing: it’s the right solution for an increasing number of writers. Talli Roland has been on both sides of the fence – traditionally published, and then self-pub – before finding a middle way of her … Continue reading

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How to format your eBook

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If you’re heading for the New Year resolved to self-publish your book on Kindle Direct and other e-platforms, then good for you! We want all our writers to have access to readers and we’re not snobby about self-pub. Self-publishing is … Continue reading

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NOT delusional – a success story from client Fleur Smithwick

Some of us watch X Factor and we cackle and point and use the word delusional, but as aspiring authors, we are all a little delusional, and so we should be. You need to be able to tell a story … Continue reading

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Season of Mists and TBR Lists

A POST FROM OUR EDITOR SUSAN DAVIS Please please read my book! No not mine. Although that would be nice. But to judge from Twitter and its sister sites, everyone and his granny has written a novel and would do … Continue reading

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Editing a novel: how the process actually works

There’s a lot of talk about the editor’s role in creating works of fiction. That talk has tended to concentrate on: The declining importance of actual old-fashioned editing in modern publishing – simply because sales & marketing grew in importance … Continue reading

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Good opening sentences: how to write ’em, how to edit ’em

At the wonderful post-Festival knees up in London last Friday, we ran a brief and for-fun exercise in giving live feedback on opening sentences. Because people enjoyed the event and because not everyone had their sentence read out, here goes … Continue reading

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Why screenwriters should write for the market that actually needs their services

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On the whole, writers are paid poorly and there is a vst over-production of supply. So professional novelists, for example, earn an average £11,000 for their year’s work, yet even so agents reject 999 in every 1000 manuscripts that come … Continue reading

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For self-publishers who want, you know, a book

We recently posted a long and comprehensive piece by David Gaughran which is your navigation guide to the world of e-publishing. The post is all about how to get your book up on to Amazon, how to format it right, … Continue reading

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