WRITING

Celebrating Grandmothers

Celebrating Grandmothers

For many people, when they think about women’s books, their minds immediately turn to books for and about younger women – a good romance, the joys and problems of young children, the difficulties of separation or divorce, even women and their developing careers. All definitely women’s reading. But a large percentage of women are well […]

May 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
Writing When You Aren’t Writing

Writing When You Aren’t Writing

Any writer, and I assume many non-writers as well, have heard the sage advice, “Write every day.” At many times in my life, I have both agreed with the advice, and then, ultimately, admonished myself for not following it. Surely I couldn’t call myself a writer because I didn’t follow that advice. At my best, […]

May 22, 2016 | By | 3 Replies More
To Muse, or Not to Muse

To Muse, or Not to Muse

What I’m about to say is blasphemy in much of the writing world. Maybe it’s my pragmatism, my science background, my lack of belief in guardian angels, karma and fate, but—here goes—I don’t believe in the muse. In fact, whenever other writers talk about their muse being on a vacation or sitting on their shoulder, […]

May 19, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More

HOW TOs and TIPS

5 Reasons You Should Still Pursue a Traditional Book Contract

5 Reasons You Should Still Pursue a Traditional Book Contract

I can’t tell you how often I am asked if I am self-published, and even though it’s a fair question I admit I am a bit sensitive to the assumption that I couldn’t have gotten my book published the old-fashioned way. This is because I worked pretty hard to be traditionally published and while I […]

May 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
How To Get The Most Out Of Social Media

How To Get The Most Out Of Social Media

As a social media manager with clients in the book world, and a writer with a blog and online presence since 2011, I’ve found ways to get the most out of social media. I run social media courses for writers too and my neetsmarketing blog posts are inspired by questions from clients and course attendees. […]

May 18, 2016 | By | 3 Replies More
How To Make A Book Trailer

How To Make A Book Trailer

Have you ever thought of making a book trailer, but you don’t have a clue as to how? It’s not as difficult as you think, and most importantly; it’s a great opportunity to get some free marketing. So where do you start? I began by viewing book trailers on YouTube and jotted down notes on […]

May 15, 2016 | By | 3 Replies More

AGENTS

Q&A with Erin George, Senior Associate Editor of Henery Press

Q&A with Erin George, Senior Associate Editor of Henery Press

ABOUT ERIN: After graduating with honors and a B.A. in English, Erin George, now a Senior Associate Editor, found a home at Henery Press. Her interest in publishing stemmed from a lifelong dream of reading fabulous books all day, every day, and editing was a perfect fit. She currently lives in Dallas, TX with her […]

May 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
Q&A with Literary Agent  Leigh Eisenman  of Hannigan Salky Getzler “HSG” Agency

Q&A with Literary Agent Leigh Eisenman of Hannigan Salky Getzler “HSG” Agency

Leigh is a junior agent with Hannigan Salky Getzler (“HSG”) Agency. After ten years of practicing law, she decided to follow her dream of becoming part of the New York City literary landscape. She worked for a year at Folio Literary Management prior to moving to HSG in the fall of 2015. Leigh is also […]

April 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
Q&A with Literary Agent  Jaida Temperly of New Leaf Literary & Media

Q&A with Literary Agent Jaida Temperly of New Leaf Literary & Media

From the agency website – At New Leaf Literary & Media we believe in total client representation, before and beyond the sale. By providing editorial direction and working together to develop promotional plans that enhance and support the publisher’s outreach, we ensure that our clients have the tools they need to excel in the market. With […]

April 21, 2016 | By | 3 Replies More

MARKETING AND PUBLISHING

The PHD I Didn’t Do and the Digital Apprenticeship I Did

The PHD I Didn’t Do and the Digital Apprenticeship I Did

‘Are you going to enrol for a Phd?’ As a longterm author with a varied back list, learning digital skills was a higher priority. ‘No. I’m going to do an e-apprenticeship instead.’ I opted for a digital apprenticeship to revitalize my literary output. Mistake or a significant learning experience? I needed to re-organise my literary […]

April 16, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Becoming a Publisher: Patrician Press

Becoming a Publisher: Patrician Press

Publishing has always been my main career but I have written several children’s books over the years. Having, however, always wanted to write for adults, in 2012 I completed my MA in Creative Writing at the University of Essex. It was then that I was inspired to create Patrician Press. I starting publishing my own […]

January 27, 2016 | By | 4 Replies More
The Dos and Don’ts of Promotional Blog Tours

The Dos and Don’ts of Promotional Blog Tours

When I invited my blog followers to host a guest post to publicise my forthcoming novel, I never imagined I’d be embarking on a marathon tour of twenty-five posts over five weeks. I’m not sure if that makes me someone to emulate or a narcissistic masochist but, for what it’s worth, here are some suggestions […]

November 13, 2015 | By | 13 Replies More

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 | 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

Zillah Bethell on Writing

Zillah Bethell on Writing

  Zillah Bethell’s novel Girl In Profile was inspired in part by artist Gwen John and her relationship with Rodin. Why did you choose to write about Gwen John and her experiences in Paris? I was researching Caravaggio for a short story and a book on Gwen John kept falling out of the library shelf, […]

May 11, 2016 | By | Reply More
Q&A with Marly Youmans

Q&A with Marly Youmans

Marly Youmans is an award-winning writer, poet and the author of 13 books. Recent poetry books include a long narrative, THALIAD (“mesmerizing…a work of genius”–Lee Smith), and two collections, THE FOLIATE HEAD and THE THRONE OF PSYCHE. Her recent novels are GLIMMERGLASS (“resonant, beautiful”–Margo Lanagan) and A DEATH AT THE WHITE CAMELLIA ORPHANAGE (“controlled lyrical […]

May 10, 2016 | By | Reply More
Q&A with Stacy Hawkins Adams

Q&A with Stacy Hawkins Adams

Stacy Hawkins Adams is the author of the Christian inspirational novel LEAD ME HOME (Zondervan) (recipient of a starred review by Publisher’s Weekly), the second installment of her Winds of Change series. The first novel in the series, COMING HOME, was a 2012 Target Recommended Read. Her latest novel, FINDING HOME, was independently released in […]

April 29, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More

Recent Essays

Deciding To Be A Writer

Deciding To Be A Writer

“Anyone who wants to say goodbye should come this morning,” said the voice. He was very clear that we should not leave it until the afternoon. The doctor had called about six in the morning to tell me that my mother was not going to recover from the pneumonia that had seen her stricken in […]

May 17, 2016 | By | 5 Replies More
Settings in the Shade

Settings in the Shade

He thinks of the beachfront as a veneer, shining and welcoming, yet just a few streets away, hidden behind the façade, this place is so very different. Beachside one would only find discarded candy floss wrappers, back in Doublestraat they are replaced with used needles and discarded cigarettes. Above is an excerpt from my novel, […]

May 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Anne Boleyn’s Last Hour

Anne Boleyn’s Last Hour

What if you knew you may die today, but you thought it was going to happen yesterday, and those plans had been changed? You wait, locked away in a tower—no communication with the outside world. The decision is to be made by your husband and the father of your only child, a daughter of less […]

May 12, 2016 | By | 11 Replies More
Know The Mother

Know The Mother

There’s a line in the title story of my collection of flash fiction, Know the Mother. It’s uttered by a daughter sitting beside her mother’s deathbed:  “She’s leaving me so easily,” the daughter says, “ I wonder if her love ever rose above duty.” People always ask writers whether their stories are autobiographical. If someone […]

May 9, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Editing, a Look at Process

Editing, a Look at Process

One of the few truisms about the craft is that everyone’s writing process is different. Regular writing schedules, writing even when (especially when?) uninspired, and training to work in less-than-optimal working conditions are fairly standard pieces of advice from career authors. I can vouch for this, as I’m currently working with two preschoolers crawling on […]

May 8, 2016 | By | 7 Replies More
My Sweet Love Affair With The Audio Book

My Sweet Love Affair With The Audio Book

Boredom. I once shut down the entire floor of a banana packaging warehouse, because I was so bored of grading bananas my brain was about to dissolve into dust particles and float away on the wind. I had no transport, but I desperately wanted to go home. So I screamed, as loud as I could, […]

May 6, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More