WRITING

Where Do You Write?

Where Do You Write?

Being an estate agent for decades before I took my writing seriously, I have come across a variety of spaces that the owners have turned into offices. Sometimes they’ve squeezed a desk and computer into the cramped space under the stairs, or spread out in an enormous artificially-lit basement or high up in an attic; […]

January 18, 2018 | By | Reply More
Why I Wrote Grief Works

Why I Wrote Grief Works

Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death, and Surviving (Scribner; January 16, 2018; https://griefworks.co.uk) – is a warm, compassionate guide to grief and grieving by prominent UK bereavement expert Julia Samuel. Samuel – close friend to the late Princess Diana and godmother to Prince George – has spent 25 years working with the bereaved as a […]

January 16, 2018 | By | Reply More
Let Writing Be the Cure

Let Writing Be the Cure

Writing is my passion, my therapy, and the way I process the world. Even as a child, I lived in my own headspace with stories that allowed me to imagine a bright future with alternating happy endings—depending on whether I wanted to marry Donny Osmond or become the next Charlotte Bronte. After my young son […]

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HOW TOs and TIPS

ADJUSTING TO YES  by Julie Maloney

ADJUSTING TO YES by Julie Maloney

The journalist sitting across from me in the café was someone who had been following me for years. Several times, she had written about the non-profit organization I founded fifteen years ago called Women Reading Aloud. She had kept up with how things had progressed from welcoming writers gathered around the dining table in my […]

January 21, 2018 | By | Reply More
A Former Lawyer’s Take On the Craft of Writing

A Former Lawyer’s Take On the Craft of Writing

I’m a former divorce lawyer who gave up the law to become a stay-at-home mum. I haven’t been on a creative writing course or studied language or literature at any level higher than school. I haven’t even opened a book on the subject! So I’m no expert on the ‘official’ rules of writing. But I […]

January 19, 2018 | By | Reply More
Value of Writing a WIP article Midway in Your Novel  Plotting a Mystery: Celebrant Sleuth

Value of Writing a WIP article Midway in Your Novel Plotting a Mystery: Celebrant Sleuth

Midway through a long novel, when I’m stuck, I write a WIP (work-in-progress) article to add sub-plots, deepen characters and explore even the weirdest ‘What if?’ possibilities. Usually it gets me writing original fiction again. And it’s also a useful reminder for PR interviews after publication when asked ‘What were the challenges of writing this […]

January 17, 2018 | By | Reply More

AGENTS

Q&A with  Laura Bradford, Literary Agent

Q&A with Laura Bradford, Literary Agent

The Bradford Literary Agency is a boutique agency which offers a full range of representation services to authors who are both published and pre-published. Our mission at the Bradford Literary Agency is to form true partnerships with our clients and build long-term relationships that extend from writing the first draft through the length of the […]

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Q&A with Sarah Landis, Literary Agent Sterling Lord Literistic

Q&A with Sarah Landis, Literary Agent Sterling Lord Literistic

Before joining Sterling Lord Literistic in 2017, Sarah worked as an editor for fifteen years, holding roles at G.P. Putnam Son’s, Hyperion Books, HarperCollins Children’s Books, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers. Over the course of her career, Sarah has had the pleasure of editing many talented authors including the likes of: Jodi […]

October 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Q&A with Literary Agent Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Q&A with Literary Agent Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Patricia Nelson joined Marsal Lyon Literary Agency in 2014. She represents adult, young adult, and middle grade fiction, and is actively building her list. In general, Patricia looks for stories that hook her with a unique plot, fantastic writing and complex characters that jump off the page. On the adult side, she is seeking women’s […]

March 22, 2017 | By | Reply More

MARKETING AND PUBLISHING

Social Media: To Share Or Not To Share?

Social Media: To Share Or Not To Share?

In this golden age of social media, I still find it a bit of a novelty that I can tweet my favourite author.  Even more so on the occasions when they tweet me back! Having this kind of direct access to an author would have been unimaginable just 20 years ago.  Back in the old […]

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Covering Your Assets

Covering Your Assets

  When you browse around in a bookshop or on Amazon or Barnes & Noble or wherever – what is the first thing you look for when choosing your next book? The author’s name? The amount of stars it has from reviewers? The book’s description? Or is it the book cover? I admit to often […]

May 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
How to Build a Better Book Launch

How to Build a Better Book Launch

You have worked your heart out to write your book, sweated, been anxious, revised, revised, revised, researched, then sweated some more, revised again, copy edited, argued with designers over the book cover and at long, long last…you have a finished book. Congratulations! Now, how to give it a coming out party, to help it debut […]

SHORT STORIES

Here’s Why: Short fiction by Anne Leigh Parrish

Here’s Why: Short fiction by Anne Leigh Parrish

Here’s why. You slump, shrink, curl down in your seat, never stand up straight. As if an arrow might pick you off. Not an arrow, a bullet. Not a bullet, a blow. Not a blow, words. Not words, looks. Here’s why. You’re a freak. Four inches in one year? Your father’s colleague says he keeps […]

May 20, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Short Fiction: The Gingerbread Man by Judy Pollard Smith

Short Fiction: The Gingerbread Man by Judy Pollard Smith

“Where are you off to? “ Sally had asked me. I felt a bit guilty I must admit. I was supposed to be home boning up for my job interview in the morning. I really wanted the job at Kelly and Hart Publishing and I don’t know where my head was when I agreed to […]

February 26, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Short Fiction: A Sliver of Ivory by Vanessa Lafaye

Short Fiction: A Sliver of Ivory by Vanessa Lafaye

He wanted you to have this. It was written with exaggerated clarity on a scrap of paper, as if the author was unsure of the reader’s grasp of English. The torn paper, rather than a proper card, another signal from the sender. It was signed Elaine, with a rounded, buxom capital E. On the padded […]

January 19, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More

INTERVIEWS

Interview with Anna Quinn, Author of The Night Child

Interview with Anna Quinn, Author of The Night Child

Anna Quinn’s breathtaking debut novel examines the impact of traumatic childhood experiences and the fragile line between past and present. Exquisitely nuanced and profoundly intimate, The Night Child is a story of resilience, hope, and the capacity of the mind, body, and spirit to save itself despite all odds. We’re very excited to feature her here on […]

January 15, 2018 | By | Reply More
Q&A with Allison Winn Scotch – PART II

Q&A with Allison Winn Scotch – PART II

New York Times bestselling author, Allison Winn Scotch, is the author of The Department of Lost and Found, Time of My Life, The One That I Want, The Song Remains the Same, The Theory of Opposites, In Twenty Years, a Library Journal Best Books of 2016 selection, and now the magnificent BETWEEN ME AND YOU […]

January 9, 2018 | By | Reply More
Q&A with Lydia Kang

Q&A with Lydia Kang

Lydia Kang is an author of adult and young adult fiction, poetry, and narrative non-fiction. She graduated from Columbia University and New York University School of Medicine, completing her residency and chief residency at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. She is a practicing physician who has gained a reputation for helping fellow writers achieve […]

October 5, 2017 | By | Reply More

Recent Essays

Writing to Process Trauma, by Elizabeth Moore

Writing to Process Trauma, by Elizabeth Moore

A few months after my daughter Cassie died, I stumbled upon a chat room for suicide survivors. All the participants had recently lost a loved one to suicide. In all my years of being a registered nurse and helping patients’ families cope with grief, I had never seen such raw and tortured emotions as those […]

January 15, 2018 | By | Reply More
Inspiration Behind The Welcome Home Diner

Inspiration Behind The Welcome Home Diner

If you’re the last person to leave Detroit, don’t forget to turn off the lights. This is the first sentence of my new release, THE WELCOME HOME DINER, and contemporary Detroit was the primary inspiration behind writing this book. There were other motivating factors—insight into the food business, personal intimacies—but I’ll get to those later. […]

January 14, 2018 | By | 1 Reply More
The Unglamorous Part Of Writing

The Unglamorous Part Of Writing

Writing is a solitary profession and extremely unglamorous. When I write, I need zero distractions: no Twitter, dirty dishes, Rightmove, eBay, Netflix or wine. In order to finish my book, I knew I needed to remove myself from all of these things, which is how I ended up in a rudimentary cabin on the moors, […]

January 13, 2018 | By | 1 Reply More
On Writing The Tattooist Of Auschwitz

On Writing The Tattooist Of Auschwitz

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on an incredible true story. Those words are stamped on the front cover of my book. What they don’t say is how finding and telling a true story can change the life of the writer forever. Let me tell you about Lale Sokolov. You can read his story in […]

January 12, 2018 | By | 2 Replies More
When Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction . . . and Then Becomes Fiction

When Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction . . . and Then Becomes Fiction

My book began as a list of men’s names scrawled on the back of a cocktail napkin. I was at drinks with friends, relating the details of my latest Match.com dates. I’d been dumped before the first kiss, donned full HAZMAT gear on a third date, and, been set up with another date’s mom. I’d fallen—hard—for a […]

January 11, 2018 | By | Reply More
Crossing The Lines Of Genre Fiction

Crossing The Lines Of Genre Fiction

As an author, there are many reasons to incorporate more than one genre in your story. We all know that life isn’t one dimensional, so books shouldn’t be either. A bit of humor, mystery and romance all add to the fabric of a book. Life isn’t all one thing or another. It blends sorrow and […]

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