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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 | 3 Replies More
Situation Vacant: Writing My Memoir

Situation Vacant: Writing My Memoir

Business memoirs are read in airports by corporates looking for effective strategies. First-timers also look at the style in which others write. And what to leave out. Family history travelers try to organize their material, without alienating friends and family. Writing a corporate biography requires the same skills as writing a personal memoir, plus a […]

January 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
How I Turned My Blog Into A Book

How I Turned My Blog Into A Book

While I was lecturing on the creative writing programme at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK, a couple of students asked me if I realised I couldn’t get through a seminar without mentioning food or drink. Really? I mean, really??!! But they were right. And I began to notice how I might describe a bruise […]

January 3, 2016 | By | 3 Replies More
On Being a Published Author

On Being a Published Author

I didn’t have high expectations when I entered the women’s fiction division of the Tampa Area Romance Writer’s Contest. All I really wanted was some quality feedback on the first draft of the manuscript I had recently finished. And, truth be told, I needed a distraction. The agent I had signed with a couple of […]

December 22, 2015 | By | 4 Replies More
From Letters to Novel

From Letters to Novel

I come from a family who still writes letters—handwritten with envelopes and stamps and delivered by the postal service. While we don’t eschew email, it’s lovely to open the mailbox, recognize personal handwriting, and tear open the envelope. When Matt, my husband, was fighting in Iraq, we wrote letters—and emailed, of course. It was our […]

December 17, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More
From Print to Re-publication

From Print to Re-publication

Then… When the intermittent electricity failed in a remote village in rural Bangladesh, I lit a candle stub to continue writing the daily instalment of my journal. I had no idea it would become a book. It was 2002, and my first visit to South East Asia. Back home, my head and heart remained full […]

November 21, 2015 | By | Reply More
Growing up in Italy – a literary journey

Growing up in Italy – a literary journey

I recently launched a small publication company which specialises in Italian women writers. When I tell people, they either nod knowlingly or look quizically at me, and in both cases they say: “Ah, books in translation”. My love of books goes back a long way. Family lore tells of how often I could be found, […]

November 4, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
To Self-Publish or Not to Self-Publish

To Self-Publish or Not to Self-Publish

‘‘Are you sure you want to self publish again?” asked a colleague of mine who is traditionally published. We were discussing my plans to self publish my historical novel. I felt defensive because I knew what was coming next. I’d heard it before. “You will never land a traditional publisher if you do. Believe me, […]

October 21, 2015 | By | 6 Replies More
A Tale from the Other Side

A Tale from the Other Side

My heart is in my mouth. Nearly two years ago I went to an event where new authors read from their work in progress. One in particular stood out, and I set my heart on representing her. Her writing showed steel, and wit, and cool and I fell in love with it. Nervously I pressed […]

October 5, 2015 | By | 34 Replies More
5 Stories about Publishing that are No Longer True (and maybe never were)

5 Stories about Publishing that are No Longer True (and maybe never were)

Maybe all professions like to scare young hopefuls — to weed the flock, so to speak — and the publishing industry, notorious for its gloom and doom predictions, is no exception. As a graduate student in a Creative Writing department, I heard all sorts of stories from teachers and other students that made it seem […]

September 21, 2015 | By | 4 Replies More